Obama and Jihad and how not to fight terrorism

  • It said that British foreign policy was a “key driver” behind recruitment by Muslim extremist groups.
  • It said that a “recurring theme” among the underlying causes of extremism in the Muslim community was “the issue of British foreign policy, especially in the context of the Middle East peace process and Iraq.” (If written today Afghanistan would be added to the context).
  • It said that “British foreign policy and the perception of its negative effect on Muslims globally plays a significant role in creating a feeling of anger and impotence among especially the younger generation of British Muslims.”

For a while it seemed that Prime Minister Blair was taking the Foreign Officer’s advice. But he subsequently demonstrated his total contempt for it and his absolute rejection of it. He said, “Muslims have a completely false sense of grievance against the West.

At the time I wrote that if there was a prize for the most dangerously irresponsible statement of recent times, I would recommend it be given to Mr. Blair for that statement. In my view, the least that could be said about it was that it cut the ground – not all of it but a lot – from under the feet of moderate Muslim leaders who are trying to stop the drift to extremism in their communities caused in large part by British foreign policy – correction, by Blair’s foreign policy and in the American context Bush’s foreign policy.

A policy which despite his rhetoric (sometimes) to the contrary, Obama is continuing and, with targeted assassinations by drone attacks over Afghanistan, has escalated.

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4 comments on this post.
  1. Vera Gottlieb:

    The “civilized” West is most certainly in absolutely NO moral position to call the kettle black! For that matter, all of Christianity isn’t either.

  2. rosemary spiota:

    I note that President Obama in Indonesia is now renewing after 19 years the US support for the purveyors of military excesses- the TNI and Karpassus. It seems even when there are slight improvements, Obama is wiling to negate them.

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