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New report calls for fundamental changes in policy and also warns of dangers of war with Iran.
10th Oct 07 - Oxford Research Group
After six years, the ‘war on terror’ has failed to achieve its aims and has, instead, played into the hands of al-aida. A fundamental re-think is required if al-Qaida is to be rendered ineffective as a violent revolutionary movement, according to a new report from one of Britain's leading independent think tanks, Oxford Research Group (ORG), in its 2007 International Security Report.
Towards Sustainable Security – Alternatives to the War on Terror points to numerous fundamental errors:
If the al-Qaida movement is to be countered, then the roots of its support must be understood and systematically undercut. Combined with conventional policing and security measures, al-Qaida can be contained and minimised but this will require a changes in policy at every level. If successful, report author, Professor Paul Rogers argues “it will still take at least 10 years to make up for the mistakes made since 9/11.” Failure to make the necessary changes could result in the war on terror lasting decades.
Among the measures recommended in the report are:
Commenting on the launch of the report, Paul Rogers said “Western countries simply have to face up to the dangerous mistakes of the past six years and recognise the need for new policies.”
He also warned of an even greater danger lying ahead – the risk of a war with Iran. "Going to war with Iran", he said, "will make matters far worse, playing directly into the hands of extreme elements and adding greatly to the violence across the region. Whatever the problems with Iran, war should be avoided at all costs – the mistakes already made will be completely overshadowed by the consequences of a war with Iran."
Towards Sustainable Security: Alternatives Approaches to the War on Terror is written by Paul Rogers and will be published on 8 October 2007, priced £15 (ISBN 978-0-9552846-3-2).
Paul Rogers is Professor of Peace Studies at the University of Bradford, and Global Security Consultant to Oxford Research Group. Oxford Research Group (ORG) is an independent non-governmental organisation which seeks to bring about positive change on issues of national and international security. Established in1982, it is now considered to be one of the UK’s leading global security think tanks.
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