"Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons." Bertrand Russell

Monday, July 18, 2005

The truth gets buried deeper

Britain's involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to the terrorist attacks in London, a respected independent thinktank on foreign affairs, the Chatham House organisation, says today.

According to the body, which includes leading academics and former civil servants among its members, the key problem in the UK for preventing terrorism is that the country is "riding as a pillion passenger with the United States in the war against terror".

The Guardian

Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said: "The time for excuses for terrorism is over. The terrorists have struck across the world, in countries allied with the United States, backing the war in Iraq, and in countries which had nothing whatever to do with the war in Iraq.

"They struck in Kenya, in Tanzania, in Indonesia, in the Yemen, they struck this weekend in Turkey which was not supporting our action in Iraq."

MSN News

Mr. Straw conveniently forgets that they struck the US Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania and that it was Kurdish extremists that attacked Australian and British tourists in Indonesia and Turkey respectively.

Cartoon: The Independent