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July 11, 2005

One theme in the media discourse around the London bombings over the last day or so is that the most likely perpetrators were Muslim British subjects with UK passports, rather than al-Qaeda. The vulnerable and defensive Muslim diaspora is being fingered: the diaspora has radical Islamists, who believe in Islam as an ideology of political and social transformation and the use of violence under special circumstances to achieve their objectives. These radicals are seen as equivalent to neo-fundamentalist terrorists.

Little evidence is given for this Muslim diaspora claim. What it does do is block and deny the real political connection between the London bombings and the UK invasion and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan.


The message is that there are cells of radicals and neo-fundamentalists within the country we live in and that we need to flush them out. Hence we have a state of emergency on our hands.

Behind the media flows you can find the neocon military drum beat: we have to do everything it takes to crush the terrorists in Iraq, Afghanistan, Europe and elsewhere. We have to deter or remove regimes that co-operate with terrorists. We cannot be seduced by the call to surrender as the Spirit of Madrid mobilizes. This truth behind this sophistry is that the state of exception is no longer a state of emergency. It is a normal state in the global struggle (light) against terrorism (darkness).

After reading that rhetoric from the war party, you can do yourself a big favour and read this report about how Britain and the US are privately planning to withdraw most of their forces from Iraq by early next year. Maybe the Australians can help out? As President Bush said when he laid down the gauntlet: you're either with us or with the terrorists.

It is dawning on the British state that an imminent strategic defeat is looming in Iraq. That throws a new light on the Weekly Standard's war rhetoric doesn't it.

The best strategic move is to give back Iraq to the Iraqi people.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 2:58 PM | | Comments (2)


If we pull out now from Iraq, we leave the people in Iraq to the hands of Zarqawi. How could we do that?
He has been responsible for so many Iraqi deaths, not to mentions being central to the Madrid bombings and now suspected in London. Millions risked death to vote. Regardless of plolitical persuasion, it seems that the only responsible thing to do is to to help build the Iraqi government and stabilize the nation. leaving now would be an abdication of our responsibilities.

this kind of situation has its own tough logic.

A good description is provided by Gareth Evans, the former Australian foreign minister and head of the International Crisis Group thinktank. At the World Economic Forum last year he said:

"The net result of the war on terror is more war and more terror. Look at Iraq: the least plausible reason for going to war - terrorism - has been its most harrowing consequence."

The war helped transform Iraq from a country vicious, secular, totalitarian dictatorship with no links to international terrorism into a magnet and training ground for those determined to commit terrorist atrocities.

The equation is simple: Falluja leads to London bombings. Falluja is not the best way to stabilise a nation.