quinta-feira, 15 de janeiro de 2009

David Miliband: «"War on terror" was wrong»

David Miliband, Ministro dos Negócios Estrangeiros do Reino Unido, já entendeu que os tempos estão a mudar e que a «guerra contra o terror» não voltará a ser a mesma.
  • «(...) The idea of a "war on terror" gave the impression of a unified, transnational enemy, embodied in the figure of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaida. The reality is that the motivations and identities of terrorist groups are disparate. Lashkar-e-Taiba has roots in Pakistan and says its cause is Kashmir. Hezbollah says it stands for resistance to occupation of the Golan Heights. The Shia and Sunni insurgent groups in Iraq have myriad demands. (...) Terrorist groups need to be tackled at root, interdicting flows of weapons and finance, exposing the shallowness of their claims, channelling their followers into democratic politics.
    The "war on terror" also implied that the correct response was primarily military. But as General Petraeus said to me and others in Iraq, the coalition there could not kill its way out of the problems of insurgency and civil strife.
    This is what divides supporters and opponents of the military action in
    Gaza. Similar issues are raised by the debate about the response to the Mumbai attacks. (...) We must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it, for it is the cornerstone of the democratic society. We must uphold our commitments to human rights and civil liberties at home and abroad. That is surely the lesson of Guantánamo and it is why we welcome President-elect Obama's commitment to close it. (...)» (David Miliband no The Guardian.)

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Anónimo disse...

sobre este tema aconselho este excelente artigo de audrey cronin:


foi escrito antes da invasão do iraque e demonstra uma grande capacidade de previsão.