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War on terror targets the wrong countries

As US President Donald Trump ingratiates himself with Saudi leaders and promises co-operation between the two nations to defeat terrorism, it must be remembered that Wikileaks uncovered emails showing the US State Department was aware as early as August 2014 that Saudi Arabia and Qatar were "providing clandestine financial and logistic support to Isis and other radical groups in the region".

According to a report released last September by Brown University's Watson Institute, the US has spent nearly $5 trillion on the war on terror since 2001.

Then there's Wikileaks co-founder Julian Assange, who helped reveal the subterfuge. He ended up a political prisoner of the Western establishment - another issue that has become unmentionable as it "doesn't suit the Western Establishment narrative" (Julian Assange, interviewed by John Pilger, late 2016).

LOUIS SHAWCROSS

Hillsborough, Co Down

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