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January 16, 2009

I see that the British Foreign Secretary, David Miliband, has argued that the war on terrorism was misconceived and that the West could not "kill its way" out of the threats it faced. He says:

Since the events of that September, the notion of a war on terrorism has defined the terrain. The phrase had some merit: it captured the gravity of the threats, the need for solidarity, and the need to respond urgently - where necessary, with force.But ultimately, the notion is misleading and mistaken. The idea of a war on terrorism gave the impression of a unified, transnational enemy, embodied in the figure of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. The reality is that the motivations and identities of terrorist groups are disparate.

Well it has taken a long time for that to be said. How about disassociating the UK Government from the use of torture and rendition?

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He adds that the war on terrorism also implied that the correct response was primarily military.That could apply to the Gaza strip could it not. After the ceasefire Hamas is still left standing as the democratic government of Gaza.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 5:23 AM | | Comments (4)
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They're all coming out of the closet in Bush's final week.

Conventional war was never going to work on terrorism. Yes, we have been torturing. Yes, torture is wrong. No, we will not be keeping Gitmo. Golly, something bad appears to be happening in Gaza.

I wouldn't put money on anyone being prosecuted for any of it though.

War on Terror
Things go better with Coke
The place to be
Good on yer mum Tip Tops the one.
the fresh food people
etc


All slogans.
All meaningless therefore able to mean anything.

Sort of like:
The cold war
the free world
democracy
war on drugs
Medal of Freedom


Just words.
And therefore very dangerous.

Best to deliberately ignore such slogans or if unavoidable loudly ridicule them at every such opportunity.

I wouldn't put any money on a lasting peace settlement/agreement between Israel and the Palestinians either. There are no quick fixes there. Hamas is insisting on three conditions: an end to Israeli attacks, permanent opening of the Gaza border crossings, and the lifting of the blockade imposed by Israel after Hamas took over the strip from its Fatah rival in 2007.

I cannot see Israel granting that kind of recognition and legitimacy to Hamas.

Is this the same Miliband who sat silent as a member of the British government that supported the US "shock and awe" on Baghdad?

Is Milliband now pleading with the Americans to stop using weapons against the Pashtun - such as aerial bombardment - that exacerbate both war and terror?