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9/11,US Presidency changed Barack Obama’s attitude to terror,says L K Advani

L K Advani writes on US President Barack Obama's response to terror in his blog.

Written by Monica Verma | New Delhi | Published: July 23, 2013 10:17:36 pm

BJP senior leader L K Advani,who claimed recently that he is more of a blogger than a political activist,has dedicated his latest blog post published today to US President Barack Obama. The blog post is interestingly titled,’How 9/11 and Presidency brought about a sea change in Obama’s attitude to Jihadi terror’.

Advani has noted how Obama underwent a change of heart since 9/11 bombings which he witnessed as Illinois state senator and the Abottabad mission to eliminate Osama Bin Laden which took place under his presidency.

Advani’s last blog post also dealt with the Abottabad raids and subsequent Pak Judicial commission formed by Supreme Court of Pakistan.

Advani has quoted from a book,’The Finish’ by Mark Bowden to drive the point how Obama before becoming President of the United States thought about terrorism as a problem whose roots lay in poverty. Advani has quoted Obama’s response to Hyde Park Herald newspaper on 9/11 bombings ,“It (terrorism) grows from a climate of poverty and ignorance,helplessness and despair,” Advani goes on to note how Obama’s thinking changed with the course of events and his response to terrorism became harsher finally culminating into SEAL team’s secret operation in Pakistan to conduct raid on Osama’s hideout in Abbotabad.

Advani has attributed this change in Obama to his possible realization that those who attacked the US during 9/11 were neither poor nor ignorant. To quote from his blog,”Most were well-to-do young Saudis whose families had shipped them overseas for expensive college education. They were religious fanatics,led by a man who had inherited a fortune. Their grievances were not economic – they were political and religious”.

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