Thursday, July 07, 2005

Statement from G8 Leaders Marks Tipping Point in Terror War

The key sentence is in point 4: a reference to "fanaticism and extremism." The Russians and Chinese have stated a number of times that the war on terror is a war on "terrorism, fanaticism, and extremism." Until today, I never heard a British or American leader mention the last two. But now they've all signed onto the same page at the G8 summit, it seems. If true, this would mark a turning point in the right direction for the Global War on Terror.

Statement from world leaders: Terrorist Attacks on London: "Statement by the G8, the Leaders of Brazil, China, India, Mexico and South Africa and the Heads of the International Organisations represented here.

1. We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families. All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation, but on all nations and on civilised people everywhere.
2. We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values. Nor will we allow it to stop the work of this Summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interests of a better world. Here at this Summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve human life. The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life.
3. The terrorists will not succeed.
4. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us. We shall prevail. They shall not.

7 July 2005

Now that the G8 leaders appear have agreed the problem is ideological at base, perhaps Mssrs. Blair and Bush might stop supporting Palestinian, Chechen, Uighur, Uzbek and other Muslim Brotherhood inspired terrorists, fanatics, and extremists...