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Terrorist attacks on American targets are a consequence of war. Desert Storm (1991) was a turning point that resulted in the 911 attacks. Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003) contributed to the rise of groups like ISIS and more suicide attacks on American targets. Terrorism in turn feeds Islamophobia and attacks on our freedoms like the Patriot Act and NSA spying. Without our addiction to war we could engage in the world more constructively and cooperatively. Our State Department has incredible potential to be a major contributor to peace.