Britain's Minister of Foreign Affairs is at it again. David Miliband called the term the "war on terror" a mistake. (http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/politics/7829946.stm)
Now Miliband is right when he says that terrorism is "a deadly tactic, not an institution or ideology." The ideology, of course, is Islamic fundamentalism and the institution is the establishment of a caliphate under the rule of Shari'a law. But Miliband dare not speak its name.
Instead, Miliband wants "co-operation."
What does Miliband mean by co-operation? What is it that we are supposed to be cooperating about and how do we put it into effect? After all, where was Britain and Europe's co-operation where it concerned Gitmo detainees? They lambast the Bush Administration for keeping Gitmo open yet when Bush asks if they're willing to take on the detainees themselves they retreat to the rock from which they crawled. In fairness to Obama I'm sure he'll get no further co-operation from Britain and Europe on detainees than did Bush. But I'm not giving Obama a pass on his mindset. Nor that of Miliband.
I wrote a post on Miliband when he was interviewed on Charlie Rose last month. (http://intellectualconservative.blogspot.com/2008/12/miliband-doesnt-understand-palestinians.html)
Miliband is a guy who honestly believes that Hezbollah will have no reason to exist once Israel hands the Golan Heights over to Syria. Well, we see the wondrous effects Israeli withdrawal from Gaza has had on Hamas.
Again, it must be emphasized that David Miliband might reside at Number 10 Downing Street in the forseeable future.
Needless to say, Mr. Miliband does not inspire my confidence.