Published on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 by Agence France Presse
US-British War on Terror Backfires: Think Tank
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
"keep the lid on" problems rather than trying to uproot the causes of
It said such an approach, particularly the 2003 invasion of
actually heightened the risk of further terrorist atrocities on the scale of
September 11, 2001.
region and created a combat training zone for jihadists," the report's
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
stabilisation force, it said.
It also recommended the provision of sustained aid for rebuilding and
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
ambitions would be "disastrous," calling instead for a firm and public
commitment to a diplomatic solution.
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
"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.