Zoals hier vaak betoogd: men vecht niet tegen ‘terrorisme’ maar tegen groeperingen die terrorisme als taktiek toepassen om hun politieke, religeuze of sociaal-economische doeleinden te bereiken.
The Pentagon is on collision course with the White House over whether to rename and recast the global ‘war on terror’ (GWOT).
President George Bush’s shorthand for his military-led responses to the September 11, 2001 attacks resonated domestically, but created widespread confusion and ridicule abroad. A ‘war’ against a tactic, such as ‘terror’, is both nonsensical and endless.
Terror is an abstract emotion, not an adversary. Worse, the president’s vague rhetoric has created confusion — both inside and outside the US government — about the identity of the enemy. The Israeli government seeks to portray its struggle against Palestinian terrorists as part of the global US struggle against terror. Other governments facing terrorist threats followed suit, multiplying potential US enemies. Groups hostile to the United States portray Washington’s struggle as a ‘war against Islam’. Bush has not helped clarify matters, given his propensity to describe US adversaries as "evildoers" or simply as "the terrorists"…