Mad World – War on Terror/Global Jihad Rhetoric

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The War on Terror is making the United States and the world less safe.

The War on Terror is radicalizing Muslims and inflaming a Global Jihad.

Military objectives have already been met and there are no further Military solutions.

Extending the War on Terror to Iran would further compound these consequences with horrific results and continued needless loss of life.

Selected paragraphs from the Senlis Council report titled “Iraq: Angry Hearts and Angry Minds”:

The defining event of the post-Cold War era was 9/11. US desire to prevent a repeat of these unprecedented attacks upon its soil has dominated its outward projection. In the immediate aftermath, its desire for tangible results prompted it to deploy its overwhelming military machine against the Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Afghanistan. Longer term ramifications saw it invade Iraq and inch towards direct confrontation with Iran.

The ‘success’ of Afghanistan was followed in 2003 with an invasion of Iraq. However, where the ouster of the Taliban had broad international backing, military action in Iraq was fiercely contested on the international stage. Many key states viewed the US as going to war on a false prospectus, and while the moral arguments were clear (if not widely accepted), the legal basis was far from concrete.

Some five years after the Iraq intervention, the US now finds itself in a quagmire which has invoked a collective sense of reluctance amongst the international community to intervene. This collective stasis is being exploited by a raft of non-state actors that are able to exploit such uncertainly to their own advantage. These range from organised crime groups to militant Islamists, both of which are able to recruit disenfranchised and angry young men with no optimism for their futures.

The destructive nature of the broad strokes of the War on Terror is evident worldwide, from unrelenting insurgency movements in Iraq and Afghanistan to simmering anger amongst Muslims in European capitals. There exists a comprehension gap between the allied states that adhere to Western ideals, and disillusioned communities caught up in the War on Terror. This dichotomy of understanding gives radicals ample material with which to recruit and build a power base.

Failing war on terror policies have illustrated the need for a new global security structure. In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, the evolution of responsible methods of direct intervention was abandoned. The US substituted this progress with the prioritising of high impact assaults on the new enemy. Shared democratic values and willingness for collective responsibility were overtaken by rhetoric. Broad terms were introduced by the US to generalise multi-faceted threats. Complex layers of security challenges became ‘global jihadist terrorism’, ‘axis of evil,’ ‘with
us or against us’ and most famously ‘the War on Terror.’

The gap between the official War on Terror rhetoric and the implications of such strategy on the ground is so wide that only a comprehensive and re-invigorated commitment to change the way the international community deals with major crises can hope to redress the entrenched grievances and rising mistrust.

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