Showing posts with label terrorism. Show all posts
Showing posts with label terrorism. Show all posts

08 April 2004

Ehm... NO!

Mo Mowlam has called on the British and American governments to open talks with Osama bin Laden and al Qaida around a negotiating table.

Mo, your recipe for Northen Ireland doesn't apply everywhere. Osama is probably dead and Al Quaida is not the IRA (hierarchical organisation), but a loose network! No, you can't negotiate not even if you wanted (which wouldn't lead you anywhere, at least now). The way forward is to increase police and intelligence cooperation, stop bombing places and changing regimes and increase EU development and governance work.

12 March 2004

Todos Somos Madrilenos

198 dead and 1400 wounded. Aznar's Government is still trying to blame ETA because they know ETA, they can deal with it, but also because admitting that it was, at least partly, Al-Quaida means acknowledging that it was Spain's part in the war in Iraq that made it the victim. It follows that next in line are the UK and Italy and then Japan and Australia. It is no coincidence that clues lead to the Abu Hafs al-Nasri Brigades, responsible for the attack against the Italians in Nassiriya last November.
After the 11th of September 2001, the Bush administration declared war against terrorism. The whole idea is ludicrous. Can a state combat a network by waging war against another state? Of course not, at a time when the whole world was with the US, the way ahead was to increase cooperation. We should have stopped financial flows (why didn't we pay banks to close accounts? They know where the money comes from!), we should have intensified intelligence work and also further international law and democracy. What did we do? We went to war with Afghanistan because we suddenly saw it as an oppressive regime, however those belonging to Al-Quaida or the Talibans were 'unlawful combatants' therefore when captured they do not 'qualify' as prisoners of war. This means there can be no trial, no investigation, no international law upheld.
We also wasted intelligence resources to desperately find something on Iraq with no success and by-passed the UN to wage war against Iraq which had nothing to do with terrorism but Saddam was a bad guy.
Some of you might think that we need to be tough with these people, but you are forgetting why we want to fight terrorism and what terrorism is. Terrorism is a strategy that aims at delegitimising the state, its victim is democracy, the dead are its pawns. That is why the only effective way to fight it is by upholding the rule of law and democracy and ditching double standards. The Bush administration is totally blind to our new reality, they are using it to justify invading where it suits them when they are still financing oppressive regime (ever heard of Uzbekistan and Krygystan for example?). The US wasn't the only country that took advantage of the war of terror to justify curtailing rights and freedoms at home and abroad: Russia, Colombia, Mexico, Argentina and even Spain did so. We can also add Blunkett's blueprint for a police-state Britain.
Bush & Blair painted terrorism as the new Empire of Evil, clinging to an ideology that will justify any breach of what we are actually trying to preserve. To believe their propaganda is to allow terrorism to win.