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Gordon Brown Vows No Appeasement Of Taliban

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown vowed the West will never appease the Taliban and assured the people of his nation the tide was turning and the Taliban were on the run. His speech comes at a time when latest figures indicate that over 1,000 UK soldiers were flown home this year either due to being wounded in action, becoming sick or dying. Brown believes that al-Qaeda would return to Afghanistan if the Taliban regain power so there can not be anything other than the complete defeat of the Taliban. In his speech, the prime minister noted that since 2001 nearly 200 people have been convicted of terrorist or terrorist related offences in the United Kingdom. Brown is convinced more has been done this year to destroy al–Qaeda than at any other time.

According to Gordon Brown, al-Qaeda is “the biggest source of threat to our national security.” Assume, he is correct. Can security in the UK be handled by local authorities or must there be the presence of British troops in Afghanistan to ensure that terrorism is ended at home? Sorry, the prime minister has rhetoric but little evidence to support his arguments.

Fall Out From Iraq Invasion Spreads Terrorism

The Bush inspired invasion of Iraq has proved to be among the most significant actions in modern Arab history with the unintended consequences of that disastrous action still reverberating throughout the world. Senator McCain insists we are “winning in Iraq” but he apparently does not have a clue that as violence declines in Iraq it is spreading to other parts of the world. A few years ago, the Algerian government had finally come close to completely crushing Islamic militants who had been fighting the government for years. One of the Algerian leaders, Mourad Khettab said, “we didn’t have enough money. the people didn’t want to join.” But, Algerian militants contacted al-Qaeda and soon not only money, but trained personnel were headed in the direction of Algeria.

The newly named Al-Qaeda in Islamic Maghreb is now a powerful threat. It has conducted bombings, suicide bomb attacks, kidnapping or killing European tourists and a host of other actions to once again challenge the Algerian military. Its leaders note that Bush placed their organization on the terrorist list despite warnings from many diplomats the Algerian conflict was a nationalist one, and was not part of any international terrorist organization.

The United States will be living with the Bush legacy years after the man from Texas is back home on his ranch. Terrorism has grown, not lessened as a result of Iraq.