When I was young I was very fond of reading adventure stories.
Haggard was one of my favorite writers, but I would devour stories by Verne, Wells and Edgar Rice Burroughs as well.
Many of the stories took place in "Darkest Somewhere", and they all had one thing in common, the Witch Doctor.
The Witch Doctor was always evil, and what he wanted was control over his tribe or village. How he got that control was through fear.
The Witch Doctor used his "magic" to promote the fear, and his "magic" was always fraud.
The Witch Doctor will get out in front of the people with his totems and his Ju-Ju bag, dance around and scare everyone into thinking that if they don't do what the Witch Doctor wants, the "Spirits" will be angry and punish the village.
His totems were "The Terrorists", along with "The war on Terror", but now he has added "The Iranian Atomic Bomb". He shakes and rattles these objects in front of our faces while chanting his "magic" words designed to make us all afraid.
"The terrorists are coming to eat your children! They are going to steal your food and rape your women! Give me your power and I will protect you from The Terrorists! Give me power and I will stop the bad Iranians from possessing the ultimate magic and using it to hurt you!"
Then he holds up his Ju-Ju bag, which contains the magic symbols for "Higher Oil Prices" and "No Jobs" and "failed infrastructure" and tells you that only he can keep the evil in check.
And the "Villagers" of America cower in their huts.
And they give away their freedom to the Witch Doctor.
As long as the Witch Doctor has power this will never end.
If you want to know how the "Global War on Terror" will go, all you have to do is look at another war against an abstract noun, the "War on Drugs"
The "War on Drugs" has never become close to being winnable. All it does is keep our resources tied down (both human and monetary) and empower a criminal underclass.
The "Global War on Terror" is the same. It will be perpetual conflict and will drain us like a vampire. You can't win a war against an abstract noun, you can only win a war against specific people (which is why the Afghan Taliban are out of power, though we stopped short of winning that war for some reason)
The thing about Witch Doctors is that they need to have an established source for the fear they use.
So our Witch Doctor has turned Iraq into a breeding ground for people who will do terrorist acts (which is just a bit different than "the terrorists")
Iran will follow shortly, then we may never get rid of the Witch Doctor.