Thursday, July 14, 2005

Blade Runner: Slicing Up the Failure of the "Terror War"

Deep Blade has some deep thoughts on why the "war on terror" is failing. He also picks up on some comments by former Blair adviser David Clark in the Guardian:

"An effective strategy can be developed, but it means turning our attention away from the terrorists and on to the conditions that allow them to recruit and operate....From this point of view, it must be said that everything that has followed the fall of Kabul has been ruinous to the task of winning over moderate Muslim opinion and isolating the terrorists within their own communities. In Iraq we allowed America to rip up the rule book of counter-insurgency with a military adventure that was dishonestly conceived and incompetently executed. Tens of thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed by US troops uninterested in distinguishing between combatant and noncombatant, or even counting the dead. The hostility engendered has been so extreme that the CIA has been forced to conclude that Iraq may become a worse breeding ground for international terrorism that Afghanistan was. Bin Laden can hardly believe his luck."

The Blade cuts sharp and deep -- with plenty of factual backup -- and is always worth checking out.