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Does war make Britain safer from terrorism?

Issue No. 2180

“A more stable and secure Afghanistan and Pakistan will help ensure a safer Britain.”

This is the mantra of Gordon Brown as he tries to bolster support for the Afghan war and justify sending more troops this week.

But we have already seen this is a false logic.

The US-led “war on terror” has made the world a more dangerous place—with imperialist armies ever more entrenched in conflicts abroad, instability shaking the Middle East, and the “blowback” of an increased threat of terror attacks in the West.

British and US foreign policy—the invasions of Iraq and Afghanistan, airstrikes on Pakistan, the use of torture and secret rendition, the horrors of Guantanamo Bay—have created a well of anger and bitterness that make the US and Britain much more of a target.

The only route to a safer Britain is to bring the troops home and put an end to the wars and human rights abuses that give rise to terrorism.

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Tue 1 Dec 2009, 18:34 GMT
Issue No. 2180
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