Skip to comments.Britain starts to drop US term 'war on terror,' report says (Foreign Office urges term usage cease)
Posted on 12/09/2006 4:37:30 PM PST by NormsRevenge
LONDON (AFP) - Britain's Foreign Office is urging government officials to stop using the US term "war on terror" amid concerns it angers British Muslims and undermines government aims, a weekly newspaper said.
The government wants to "avoid reinforcing and giving succour to the terrorists' narrative by using language that, taken out of context, could be counter-productive," a Foreign Office spokesman told The Observer.
The Foreign Office has sent the same message to cabinet ministers as well as diplomats and other government representatives around the world, according to the report.
"We tend to emphasize upholding shared values as a means to counter terrorists," the spokesman was quoted as saying.
Many British officials and experts, the weekly said, suspect that Islamist extremists find it easier to recruit followers when western governments speak of a war on terror, by suggesting it is actually a war against Islam.
Gary Hindle, terrorism expert at the Royal United Services Institute in London, hailed the decision to drop the term, though it was not clear whether it was being widely carried out.
"It's about time," Hindle told The Observer. "Military terminology is completely counter-productive, merely contributing to isolating communities. This is a very positive move."
The White House began referring to the "war on terror" in the weeks after Al-Qaeda attacked New York and Washington on September 11, 2001.
Bet they cleared this with Bin Laddie too. A$$hole$!
Yes, the term "war on terror" should be abolished. It should
be replaced by the more accurate term, "war on Islam".
Excellent! Replace it with "War on Islam."
Mary, Mother of God. Why would it "anger" any of those multitudes of "peace-loving, moderate Muslims" we're reassured constantly are out there? If you don't plan to use terror, why would a reference to the "war" on it bother you?!
Further, if you (meaning Great Britain) are letting your country fill up with a population so inclined, maybe that ought to concern you!
But let's do change the name. Let's start calling it what it is: the war on Islamic fascism! Even though we've apparently lost the nerve to actually fight it.
It won't be long before we will do the same.
Why don't they just surrender to Iran now and get it over with? I'm so sick of this kind of politics. Do these people really believe a change in terminology will win radical Muslims over to peace? What kind of moron believes such a thing? A moron who deserves to die at the hands of radical islamists.
Yeah, that too.
There's only one way that should be answered...
Ok, lets call it the War on Islam then..
When "British" muslims unite and apply their rage to stop their government from labeling muslim extremists as 'terrorists', this is in itself a form of terrorism. Foisting their ideals and beliefs upon others through their rage and threats is the very personification of 'terrorism'. Why are Western leaders so blind to this fact? Why fight foreign "terrorists" and appease their homegrown islamoficist terrorists? The minds of Western leaders are so tied up in the knots of political correctness that they cannot think rationally anymore, save the Prime Minister of Australia, Mr. Howard. He is the only Western leader with a pair of ba!!$ and a rational mind.
The consolation prize will be ours. Britian will accept sharia law and Islam long before it threatens the US. I pray they've not killed hundreds of thousands here before we wake up.
Careful MadIvan will threaten to punch you in the nose
I agree.This War on terror title is crap.This is not even a war the way its being fought.Its more like a police action.
That's not to denigrate the military but the politicians in both parties are stinking things up and placing this country at risk.A very big risk.
If this were a war we would be going after the sponsores of these terrorist groups,Saudi Arabia,Iran,Syria,etc.But we don't.
We are fighting a proxy war and it seems like we don't even know it.
This is all the left wing which want to surrender immediatly.
They foreign department must be as left wing as the US state department.
No surprise since the left has been consulting with the democrats.
Big Brother would be proud.
Nevil Chamberli would be orgasmic.