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(Jonathan) Powell (UK) says government "should talk to al Qaeda"
Reuters UK ^ | March 15, 2008 | Reuters

Posted on 03/16/2008 10:53:17 PM PDT by Clairity

The Foreign Office on Saturday dismissed as "inconceivable" calls by an ex-aide to former Prime Minister Tony Blair to open a channel of communication with al Qaeda.

Jonathan Powell, who served as Blair's chief of staff between 1995 and 2007, said he would "want to find a channel to al Qaeda" if he was still in government, the Guardian newspaper reported.

Only by talking to al Qaeda and the Taliban in Afghanistan could Western governments hope to secure a long-term halt in their campaigns of violence, he was reported as saying.

But the Foreign Office said: "It is inconceivable that Her Majesty's government would ever seek to reach a mutually acceptable accommodation with a terrorist organisation like al Qaeda."

(Excerpt) Read more at uk.reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: alqaeda; alqaida; globaljihad; stuckonstupid; taleban; taliban; terrorism; uk; wot
Sure, let's talk to Al Qaeda and agree to ley them create their global "great Caliphate", and we'll all pledge allegiance to them -- then maybe they'll let us live, maybe...

Just goes to show how many people in responsible government positions in Europe are clueless about Al Qaeda -- and that goes to many in the US, (hint: many in the US Congress and a Senator whose middle name is Hussein)

1 posted on 03/16/2008 10:53:20 PM PDT by Clairity
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To: Clairity

Of course we should talk to Al Qaeda. And make it simple and understandable. Use a lot of bullet points.


2 posted on 03/16/2008 10:55:48 PM PDT by Enterprise ((Those who "betray us" also "Betray U.S." They're called DEMOCRATS!))
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To: Clairity

Perfect example as to why snorting crack cocaine and THEN smoking meth is never a good idea.


3 posted on 03/16/2008 10:59:21 PM PDT by KantianBurke (President Bush, why did you abandon Specialist Ahmed Qusai al-Taei?)
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To: Clairity

When government officials choose to commit national suicide, it’s up to the people to do in the government before it does them in.


4 posted on 03/16/2008 11:05:24 PM PDT by LoneRangerMassachusetts
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To: Clairity

Talk with Al Qaeda, eh?

How did that work out in Munich for Great Britain in 1938, Jonathan?


5 posted on 03/16/2008 11:08:41 PM PDT by Roy Tucker
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To: Clairity

I’m willing to bet there are “unofficial” channels open between Al Qaeda and most Western Governments.


6 posted on 03/17/2008 1:28:33 AM PDT by Vanders9
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The US government talks to some of them.

Then, Europeans complain and call it torture...


7 posted on 03/17/2008 1:31:54 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network
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