Terror Chock-A-Block

A major terrorist plot to commit “mass murder on an unimaginable scale” by blowing aircraft flying from Britain to the US has been unearthed by the police in London. There should be no two opinions that the British Capital is now bearing the brunt of terror attacks and threats. Hopefully, Londoners will realize that their city is paying a heavy price for the British Government’s policy to tag on to the American bandwagon. Just imagine that the latest plot was designed to bring down a number of aircraft through mid-flight explosions causing a considerable loss of life. If indeed the worst had happened would Prime Minister Tony Blair blamed the Islamic terrorist or would he in his right senses realize the folly of giving uncensored nod to the military centric policy decisions of the American Administration under the Republican President George W Bush. 

No one will disagree that today more than ever before; the Muslim world has revulsion towards the U.S., because of George W. Bush’s so-called war on terror and the invasion of Iraq. And for the American citizens who have a stake in the future of US security, they would need to get out of their comfort zones and start holding the Bush Administration accountable. Terrorists do not operate in a vacuum and their motive lies in the reservoir of grievances they have stored up. They will continue to terrorize because (as in this case) the US Foreign policy provokes them to anger and reprisals. And as long as the U.S. continues to meddle in the affairs of other countries, there will continue to be terrorist attacks against the U.S and its allies. The American public must start questioning the administration on this aspect and call for a review of its foreign policy.

The Defense establishment in the US better known as the Pentagon has recently admitted that the U.S. has lost the war for the hearts and minds of the people of Iraq. As per a report to Donald Rumsfeld, the Pentagon has stated that American efforts have not only failed, they may also have achieved the opposite of what they intended. The obvious failure of US policy in Iraq just about sums up the manner in which the American occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq has not led to democracy there, but only more chaos and suffering. It also proves a thing or two about the U.S. response to 9/11 which is now doing more harm than good. 

Without a mid course correction, further military campaigns will only provoke more reprisals from Islamic extremists who will continue to execute more terrorist attack on U.S. soil and its interests and allies. At the end of the day, it means more violence and suffering and a threat to global security, while doing little or nothing to solve the problem that actually foments the cycle of hatred and vengeance. The stark truth is that terrorism here happens as a direct result of U.S. foreign policy. If anything, the Bush Administration must do some serious thinking. And one of things that it can do is to incorporate the principle of nurturing peace, commerce and honest friendship with all nations.