US STRATEGY MANIPULATES ANTI-US RESISTANCE INTO "SECTARIAN WARS"
US strategy in the Muslim World after 9/11
2004 Rand Corporation Study Conducted on behalf of the US Air Force www.rand.org/ pubs/ research_briefs/ RB151/ index1.html
Angel Rabasa, RAND senior policy analyst, is the lead author of the 567-page study “US strategy in the Muslim World after 9/11” (December 2004) suggested exploiting Sunni, Shiite and Arab, non-Arab divides to promote US policy objectives in the Muslim world.
In light of 9/11 and the global war on terrorism, it is important for U.S. leaders to develop a shaping strategy toward the Muslim world. The U.S. Air Force asked RAND Project AIR FORCE (PAF) to study the trends most likely to affect U.S. interests and security in the Muslim world. Researchers developed an analytic framework to identify the major ideological orientations within Islam, to examine critical cleavages between Muslim groups, and to trace long-term and immediate causes of Islamic radicalism. This framework will help U.S. policymakers understand the political and military strategies available to respond to changing conditions in this critical part of the world.
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