Senator John Kerry, in his press conference in Islamabad on April 13, 2009 said that extremism and terrorism were not caused by drone attacks. While making this absurd observation, Senator Kerry forgot to mention that before President Carter agreed to launch a Jihad against Soviet intervention in Afghanistan in April 1978, there was no extremism in this part of the world. He should know that religious extremism was introduced in this region through the policies of US Presidents Cater, Reagan, Bush Sr. , Clinton and Bush Jr. If he wants to know what came first, America or extremism, he should know that US intervention in Afghanistan in 1978 gave birth to extremism. -BASHIR HUSSAIN AZAD, Chitral, via e-mail, April 14.