On the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the media is still debating whether the war on terror, which kicked off with George Bushs crusade announcement, is Pakistans war or not. That President Bush was speaking his heart out when he termed this war a crusade and it was not a slip of tongue, as he later claimed, is evident from a decade of Western policies and statements by Western leaders against Muslims and Islam. The war on terror decade saw Western governments supporting invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan and militarily intervening in Somalia, Yemen and Libya and continuing their support for the Israeli aggression against Palestine and Lebanon. Moreover these interventions and political issues like nuclear standoff with Iran, the civil war in Sudan which led to the partition of the country under Western supervision and the Arab uprisings were used as pretexts to increase Western military presence in Muslim lands whether it is in the form of military bases, increased Western troops or naval presence. And it is no coincidence that such interventions exclusively happened in Muslim lands although the breaking away of Abkazia and South Ossetia from Georgia and North Koreas nuclear Tests were events which supposedly challenged Western hegemony but which did not warrant a notable response from the Western governments. Back home Western leaders spearheaded an anti-Muslim hate campaign terminating in desecration of the Quran, the publication of blasphemous cartoons of Prophet Muhammad, banning of Hijab and niqab, prohibition of building Minarets of Mosques and legislation of stringent anti-terror laws targeting exclusively, Muslim citizenry of Western states. That anti-Muslim right wing parties won historic share of parliamentary seats across Western countries in the last decade shows that such actions were not isolated events rather a trend developing across Western nations. Western leaders in their vocabulary made it evident that they are indeed waging a war on Islam. George Bush talked about a crusade; Tony Blair talked about countering an arch of extremism stretching across much of the Muslim world echoing Zbigniew Brzezinskis famous Arc of Crisis denotation of the Soviet Threat, David Cameron and Angela Merkel talked about the End of MultiCulturism with Cameron going as far as explicitly defining political Islam as an enemy. Even the vocabulary evolved systematically depicting the ideological underpinnings defining this war. So initially it was the War on Terror, then it was a war on terror and extremism, then it was war on violent extremism, then it was war against Islam. And we now see these terminologies being used interchangeably to refer to this war. But perhaps the greatest case for war on terror being an anti Muslim war is the sheer death and destruction, chaos and anarchy and economic misery which it had brought to Muslim lands including Pakistan. MOEZ MOBEEN, Islamabad, September 8.