Tuesday, April 17, 2007


Britain will stop using the term "War on Terror".
“We do not use the phrase 'war on terror' because we can’t win by military means alone, and because this isn’t us against one organized enemy with a clear identity and a coherent set of objectives,” Benn said.

“It is the vast majority of the people in the world — of all nationalities and faiths — against a small number of loose, shifting and disparate groups who have relatively little in common apart from their identification with others who share their distorted view of the world and their idea of being part of something bigger.”

The term has always been cheap and meaningless rhetoric served up against a complex problem. It's meant to do nothing more than induce an emotional state of confidence that a difficult situation is being managed, whether it is or not. War on Drugs, anyone? War on Poverty?

It seems the British government has decided not to treat its citizens like stupid children. They are willing to tell them the truth... that there is no decisive action that can be taken to eliminate the threat. That the threat is something that must be chipped away at, a little at a time, with a variety of tools. Apparently our own government is still determined to placate us all with worthless slogans and platitudes. I wish our citizens were grown up enough to reject it.


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