A former CIA officer, who spent 10 years working as an undercover agent all around the world, is speaking out about her experience for the first time in public and giving the public an inside look at the shadowy world she inhabited for a decade.
Amaryllis Fox has a message about terrorism we all need to hear.
Fox worked on counterterrorism and intelligence with the Clandestine Service. While her CIA cover is being rolled back, she recently sat down with Al-Jazeera’s news channel AJ+ to talk about war on terrorism and foreign policy.
She also revealed the biggest lesson she learned during her years as a secret agent.
“If I've learned one lesson from my time with the CIA, it is this: Everybody believes they are the good guy,” she said, adding that the conversation happening in the United States right now about Islamic State is “more oversimplified than ever.”
The western world believes ISIS to be its biggest existential threat, but Fox’s words are a powerful reminder that things are much more complicated than they appear to be. It is not just a fight between good and evil, there are many other factors that people either ignore or are completely unaware of.
The ex-officer also explained how people in countries like Iraq and Syria say America is dropping bombs on them and “they were waging war on Islam.” On the other hand, people in the U.S. say terrorists attacked Twin Towers on 9/11 since “they hate us because we’re free.”
“These are stories, manufactured by a really small number of people on both sides who amass a great deal of power and wealth by convincing the rest of us to keep killing each other,” she said. “I think the question we need to be asking as Americans examining our foreign policy is whether or not we're pouring kerosene on a candle. The only real way to disarm your enemy is to listen to them.”
Fox also recalled a conversation with an Al Qaeda fighter who said that to the rest of the world, America is the empire and “we are Luke and Han.”
As for people who are fighting on ground, on both sides, are struggling for a better future for their kids.
The 3-minute-video (posted above) went viral on the internet, receiving mixed views.