Friday, January 13, 2006

Former UK PM Major: Address the Root Causes

We must go further. We must ask ourselves: what motivates terrorism? What encourages non-terrorists tacitly to support them? What can we do to make terrorism so abhorrent as utterly to isolate the terrorist?...

The radicals are wrong, but their propaganda is effective. To rebut it, democracies must lessen the chance of demagogues exploiting hardship to promote terrorism. They must fight for the hearts and minds of those into whose ears radical poison is poured. Words alone will not do; they must accept obligations that illustrate the morality of democracy. They must seek to alleviate poverty, disease and injustice.

Thatcher responds: "Take it easy, Champ. Why don't you stop talking for awhile?"

UPDATE: Clinton on Iran: "No Kind of Imminent Threat"

"On the other hand, potentially, it's a much more dangerous situation for us long-term than Iraq."