Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 by Agence France Presse

US-British War on Terror Backfires: Think Tank

http://www.commondreams.org/archive/2007/04/11/466/

The US-led and British-backed war on terror is only fuelling more violence
by focusing on military solutions rather than on root causes, a think tank
warned Wednesday."
The 'war on terror' is failing and actually increasing the
likelihood of more terrorist attacks," the Oxford Research Group said in its
study, titled "Beyond Terror: The Truth About The Real Threats To Our
World
."

It said Britain and the United States have used military might to try to
"keep the lid on" problems rather than trying to uproot the causes of
terrorism.

It said such an approach, particularly the 2003 invasion of Iraq, had
actually heightened the risk of further terrorist atrocities on the scale of
September 11, 2001.

"Treating Iraq as part of the war on terror only spawned new terror in the
region and created a combat training zone for jihadists," the report's
authors argued.

It pointed out that the Islamist Taliban movement is now resurgent, six
years after it was overthrown in 2001 by the US-led invasion in the wake of
the September 11 attacks.

"Sustainable approaches" to fighting terrorism would involve the withdrawal
of US-led forces from Iraq and their replacement with a United Nations
stabilisation force, it said.

It also recommended the provision of sustained aid for rebuilding and
developing Iraq and Afghanistan as well as closing the US prison camp at
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where most suspects are held without charge or trial.

And it called for a "genuine commitment to a viable two-state solution to
the Palestinian-Israeli conflict."

The study warned that military intervention in Iran over its nuclear
ambitions would be "disastrous," calling instead for a firm and public
commitment to a diplomatic solution.

Iran insists the programme is peaceful, despite claims from Washington that
it masks a drive for nuclear weapons.

The study also said the British government's plans to upgrade the
submarine-based Trident nuclear deterrent could produce international
instability.

"Nuclear weapon modernisation is likely to serve as a substantial
encouragement to nuclear proliferation as countries with perceptions of
vulnerability deem it necessary to develop their own deterrent
capabilities," it said.