Article: UK Rejects Bush’s ‘War on Terror’ Phrase


Finally some politicians face what many / most of us have known from the beginning: That the phrase “War on Terror” is part of Bush’s lies and manipulation, which mostly serves the purpose of advancing Bush’s corrupt and incompetent agenda.

Though he is correct in condemning Bush’s phrase, the British politician quoted in the following article misses the real point that Bush is Bush was and is willing to empower terrorists by using that phrase if it will enable him to empower himself and manipulate the public. His buddies in the mass media go along with it. His friends get rich from it. That’s all that matters in Bushworld.

Some more sick and manipulative phrases from the Bush administration: Patriot Act (to grab power and erode freedoms and checks & balances) and Homeland Security (to create another agency to appoint incompetent friends and funnel money to Bush buddies).

Click through to read the article:

April 16, 2007
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UK rejects ‘war on terror’ phrase

NEW YORK (Reuters) — A British minister aspiring to higher office later this year took aim at key elements of the Bush administration’s policy on Monday, rejecting its phrase “war on terror” as only likely to encourage terrorists.

Speaking in New York, International Development Secretary Hilary Benn disputed the notion that military and economic force alone could solve world problems and restated support for the International Criminal Court, shunned by Washington.
When British Prime Minister Tony Blair resigns in the next few months after 10 years in power, Benn is seen as a potential candidate for either deputy premier or foreign secretary if, as expected, Finance Minister Gordon Brown replaces Blair.

Addressing the Center for International Cooperation think tank in New York, scene of the September 11 attacks in 2001, Benn contested the words “war on terror” to describe a policy launched by U.S. President George W. Bush after those attacks. He did not specifically mention U.S. policy.

“In the UK, we do not use the phrase ‘war on terror’ because we can’t win by military means alone, and because this isn’t us against one organized enemy with a clear identity and coherent set of objectives,” he said.

“What these (terrorist) groups want is to force their individual and narrow values on others, without dialogue, without debate, through violence. And by letting them feel part of something bigger, we give them strength.”

Benn’s speech appeared to reflect a shifting tide in British politics after the strongly pro-American policies of Blair, which antagonized left-wingers in his Labor Party. They hope Brown, if he takes over, will be cooler to Washington.

In implied criticism of Bush’s emphasis on armed might and sanctions to deal with Washington’s foes, Benn also said “hard power” — military and economic force — needed to be complemented by “soft power” — values and ideas.

Achieving global peace and prosperity required give and take, Benn said. “This is how we can make the argument with those who would act unilaterally, that there is another way.”

Benn reaffirmed Britain’s support for the International Criminal Court, which the United States has refused to join to prevent U.S. soldiers or officials ending up in the dock. He also repeated British calls for the U.S. Guantanamo Bay detention center on Cuba for terrorism suspects to be closed.

Benn was speaking after attending weekend meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund in Washington, where he said the scandal over World Bank President Paul Wolfowitz’s promotion of his female companion had damaged the institution.

Benn repeated those concerns on Monday. “Let’s be blunt about this, what’s happened is very, very damaging to the bank … and it simply can’t continue,” he told a questioner.


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