Is it Time to Rethink the War on Terror?

UK Labour Party Leader Jeremy Corbyn says its time to rethink the War on Terror.

Is he right?

After 16 long years and millions dead - is it time to rethink the War on Terror?

In a big speech Friday just days after a suicide bomber killed 22 people in Manchester, England, Jeremy Corbyn - leader of the UK's Labour Party - said it's time to rethink the War on Terror.

"No rationale based on the actions of any government can remotely excuse, or even adequately explain, outrages like this week's massacre."

"We must be brave enough to admit the war on terror is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism."

Isn't Corbyn right?


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Robertcd 5 years 26 weeks ago

Yes we do, right now our war on terrorism is doing about as much good as the war on drugs. Also it is creating even more terrorists. Somehow we need to find a way to stop doing what terrorist's grievances are that cause them to become terrorists in the first place. Answering their demands isn't it. Getting to the root of the problem much closer to the targert. From what I can see this would take a 180 dergee turn from what the US acts and treart other nations, but this might be impossilbe sadly. The US, like many countries to currtall free speach, they throw the net out far and wide to cover whoever they decide is a terrorists these days.

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chuckle8 5 years 26 weeks ago

It would nice if one could remember or search out their demands or grievances. I know I'm too lazy and not being paid. OML had a list of 10 or more grievances. The only one I can remember is he didn't want us to take their natural resources from their land for pennies on the dollars (like oil).

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Hephaestus 5 years 26 weeks ago

The "war on terrorism" was created by an american president for reasons best known to himself and those who influenced him

These thugs should not be graced as terrorists... what is their cause?

They are CRIMINALS pure and simple

Outback 5 years 26 weeks ago

The US is by far the largest "terrorist organization" seen since the Third Reich. Even before that, we were "kicking ass and taking land". I believe that a great first step would be to cut our military budget in half, spend the nearly half trillion per year saved in part on beefing up our educational system so that the electorate might hopefully (before it's too late) be able to see through the reality show bullshit we systematically tumble to these days. Ike spoke to the last generation capable of any degree of "critical thought". Unfortunately, his words have fallen on dumb ears.

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2950-10K 5 years 26 weeks ago

The war on terror has become an endless money machine for the Fascists, so don't expect a sincere push for anything other than prolonged military action. The military industrial spy complex will never allow a peaceful resolution. Trump's political suicide budget backs me up on this statement.

Speaking of the war on terror, single payer is the smarter way to reduce/end the terror threat from those who nurture "for profit health insurance."

Single payer as a campaign promise is more than enough to put a third party in power right now. I still don't hear much more than a weak peep from the Dems on it.

BTW: I wonder how it feels to be a member of the political party Putin picked to destroy our country with????..Diane????

Outback 5 years 26 weeks ago

Well, 2950, you may recall Mr. Obama ran strongly on single payer, and he was on the Dem ticket. Do you recall his promise to get all the big players around a large table with a live CNN feed and ask them why we couldn't come up with it? Bernie was for single payer and was snuffed by the machine. I don't think single payer by iteself will carry the day. I think it's going to take an absolute crash of the existing system, which is well down the road, to lead to that obvious conclusion, regardless of the party in power. (I take it you aren't calling for comment by Dianne Feinstein;-)

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Kend 5 years 26 weeks ago

The war on terror has been going on for thousands of years in the Middle East It only hit our shores recently when immigrants from the Middle East started coming to our part of the world and it started to threaten their way of life over there. Freedom is a scary thing in the Middle East. Kings don't survive in countries with freedom.

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bernie.williams 5 years 26 weeks ago

Corbyn is absolutely right. The approach so heartily embraced by Trump will only create more terrorists.

The killing of innocent children and adults in the Manchester Arena bombing is tragic and inexcusable. But how many children and innocent civilians are killed every day in US air strikes and drone attacks, and as the result of conflict deliberately fomented and supported by the US? Somehow, those children and innocents don't count. They are just 'unfortunate, unavoidable collateral damage'. Who puts their faces in the media and laments their passing?

Martin Luther King said "a riot is the language of the unheard". So what does that make terrorism?

Imagine if the US spend a significant proportion of its so-called defense budget on humanitarian aid and development, instead of "only getting better, better and better" at military might (as one defense spokesperson put it in a press conference recently).

In this sense, Angela Merkel is also right: Spending on aid and development is also a means of curbing terror. And a better one than bombs and bullets.

(Please note: I do not deny the right to self-defense. But so much conflict has more to do with 'the national interest'.)

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rsarracino 5 years 26 weeks ago

The root cause of this violence is the stubborn resistance, on the part of most of the world's religious leaders, to the suggestion that all the world's major religions are equally valid in nature and origin. Until this fundamental suggestion is accepted and actively propagated by the world's religious leaders, religiously-motivated violence will continue.

We now accept that no one nation, no one race and no one language is inherently superior to all the others. Decades of interfaith and multi-faith syposia and dialogue have convinced those relative few who have participated over a long period of time that, likewise, no one religion is inherently superior to the others, or has exclusive access to fundamental religious truth. It's time that religious leaders in their generality come to accept and teach this.

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ErinRose 5 years 25 weeks ago

I think the war on terror and the war on drugs have been smashing successes... for those whom it was designed to profit. War makes money; we all know this.

America has intentionally forced Afghanistan back onto their poppy economy by bombing the heck out of the place after the Afghans had struggled to get themselves off of a poppy economy. But too many people in our government and the Deep State are invested in poppy derivatives that are making them fortunes. It suits them to have Americans addicted so they can pour billions into war-on-drug programs that they know are destined to fail because they themselves have their thumbs on the scales that are ramping up poppy production in Afghanistan and distribution elsewhere.

Same holds true for the war on terrorism. It is a well known fact that shoving a stick into a hornets' nest will only make the hornets angry and launch them into an attack mode when their home has been invaded and violated. But it suits DC, the Shadow Government, and the multi-national industrialists who make the ordinances and other things that supply the various branches of the armed services to continue to perpetrate this charade so that they may pursue imperialism unabated.

It won't be until We the People, change the political landscape, stymie the monied puppeteers behind the scenes, and demand our country gets away from being conscienceless profit protagonists will things get better.

douglas m 5 years 25 weeks ago
douglas m 5 years 25 weeks ago

Poland has a strict no immigration policy and surprise surprise no terriorist attacks.

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deepspace 5 years 25 weeks ago

Violence begets violence, "... for all who draw the sword will die by the sword."

We the Evil Empire, with our hideous military-industrial complex spiderwebbing the entire globe on every continent and everywhere in between, inject our poisonous venom into over 70 vassal nations from over 800 fixed military bases and squander over 200 billion a year in blood money. Our euphemistic "force projection" is in reality an idolized culture of violence and greed on an unimaginable scale, the worst blight in all of humankind's brutal history, an uncontrollable fanged demon of truly monstrous proportion that devours everything in its path, slaughtering millions along the way.

Yet, our subliminal messaging monitors, from big screens to handheld devices, have convinced us that to feed the beast is our patriotic duty. We have descended so far into madness that we even believe it is our religious duty. The gluttonous five percent of the world's population who glibly consume 25 percent of the world's scarce resources, while 800 million souls suffer advanced stages of starvation and three billion -- half the planet! -- languish in poverty and disease, is that repugnant notion of "American exceptionalism" we loudly celebrate, that lasting legacy of the "ugly American" we proudly embrace.

Our glorified heroes wear bemedaled uniforms and wield fierce weapons of death and destruction; our slick politicians wear thousand-dollar suits and lie, cheat, and steal; our most galling enemies are those of conscience who dare to speak out and fight back.

We have met the terrorists, and they are us.

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2950-10K 5 years 25 weeks ago

Outback: Maybe I'm wrong, but it seems I've seen extreme right wing comments posted by a "Diane" on this blog, hard to keep track....I move around a lot online.

There will never be a better time to push for single payer. The specter of Teapublican "for profit health insurance" going on steroids has become a national trauma. I've attended the town halls and almost everyone is truly pissed. Trump/Ryan and the Tea-servatives have way overreached on this and it's time to pounce on them with single payer. This alone will wake up even the most foxmerized.

Erik K 5 years 25 weeks ago

Corbyn is absolutely correct in this very, very brief statement. Unfortunately, the statement completely lacks in substance, though this is typical of our modern, soundbyte obsessed media and political leadership. While I agree that admitting that we have a problem is the first step, we've essentially been forced to choose between two horrible solutions to the problem: continue bombing and supplying weapons to "our side", or witdrawl, and let the chips fall where they may, all the while throwing money at NGOs in hopes that they can alleviate some of the suffering. This isn't necessarily a right vs. left paradigm, this is a real issue that neither side has provided a good answer to. We've relied on half-measures out of political expediency for far too long.

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Jlejr1942 5 years 25 weeks ago

Corbyn is right. The start of terrorism from the middle east began with Usama Bin Laden. He never got over our sending troups to Saudi Arabia as a show of force in support of the King to help quell civil discord in which Osama supported. Then we began to interfere and invade other middle eastern countries. (it was all for their oil and other resources.) Although it is probably too late, we should get out of the middle east entirely. As long as so called conservatives and big oil control our Executive and Legislative Branches, I doubt it will happen. In the interim, we should start spending some our defense budget on rebuilding those areas we have help to destroy with hospitals, clinics, schools, farming equipment and humanitarian aid.

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