De NAVO en EU – en dus ook Nederland – lieten zich door Bush & Blair cs meeslepen in een niet te winnen en onnodige Global War on Terror tegen zich (daardoor) verenigende islamitische groeperingen en landen.
Recntelijk heeft de Britse minister van BUZA het concept van de GWOT van tafel geveegd.
Ook president Obama lijkt, gelukkig, afstand te nemen van de heilloos contra-productieve GWOT. Nu de uitwerking nog..
The "War on Terror" is losing the war of words. The catchphrase burned into the American lexicon hours after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, is fading away, slowly if not deliberately being replaced by a new administration bent on repairing the U.S. image among Muslim nations. Since taking office less than two weeks ago, President Barack Obama has talked broadly of the "enduring struggle against terrorism and extremism." Another time it was an "ongoing struggle."
He has pledged to "go after" extremists and "win this fight." There even was an oblique reference to a "twilight struggle" as the U.S. relentlessly pursues those who threaten the country.
But only once since his Jan. 20 inauguration has Obama publicly strung those three words together into the explosive phrase that coalesced the country during its most terrifying time and eventually came to define the Bush administration…
During the past seven years, the "War Against Terror" or "War on Terror" came to represent everything the U.S. military was doing in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as the broader effort against extremists elsewhere or those seen as aiding militants aimed at destroying the West.
Ultimately and perhaps inadvertently, however, the phrase "became associated in the minds of many people outside the Unites States and particularly in places where the countries are largely Islamic and Arab, as being anti-Islam and anti-Arab," said Anthony Cordesman, a national security analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a Washington think tank.
Now, he said, there is a sense that the U.S. should be talking more about specific extremist groups _ ones that are recognized as militants in the Arab world and that are viewed as threats not just to America or the West, but also within the countries they operate…
Europese deskundigen hebben de VS gewaarschuwd dat het aanvallen van Irak met als redengeving zijn banden met Al Qaida en jihad, zou leiden tot radicalisering onder moslims in Europa – hetgeen is gebeurd. Bush’ alarmerende retoriek en onrealistische visie t.a.v. de structuur en doelstellingen van islamitisch terrorisme, hebben het bestrijden daarvan meer kwaad dan goed gedaan, volgens deze deskundigen. President Obama kan hierin verbetering brengen als hij afstand neemt van Bush’ Global War on Terror.