Friday, September 08, 2006

What's Wrong with the War on Terror

Soros' critique of the war on terror sheds light on its "self-defeating" aspects.

A Self-Defeating War
Published: August 15, 2006 (Wall Street Journal)

The war on terror is a false metaphor that has led to counterproductive and self-defeating policies. Five years after 9/11, a misleading figure of speech applied literally has unleashed a real war fought on several fronts -- Iraq, Gaza, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Somalia -- a war that has killed thousands of innocent civilians and enraged millions around the world. Yet al Qaeda has not been subdued; a plot that could have claimed more victims than 9/11 has just been foiled by the vigilance of British intelligence.
Unfortunately, the "war on terror" metaphor was uncritically accepted by the American public as the obvious response to 9/11. It is now widely admitted that the invasion of Iraq was a blunder. But the war on terror remains the frame into which American policy has to fit. Most Democratic politicians subscribe to it for fear of being tagged as weak on defense.


1 comment:

Anonymous said...

It is one of the most critical and sociopolotical, analystic artical that I have read so far.
thanks for having it.
Homa Zafer