The so-called global war on terrorism does not exist, a high-ranking army officer has declared in a speech that challenges the conventional political wisdom.How about that? Finally somebody on the inside is willing to admit what we have known all along.
In a frank speech, Brigadier Justin Kelly dismissed several of the central tenets of the Iraq war and the war on terrorism, saying the "war" part is all about politics and terrorism is merely a tactic.
Kelly expresses some other astonishingly candid thoughts in the article, but this is one of my favorites:
Brigadier Kelly said modern war could be defined as "conflict, using violent and non-violent means, between multiple actors and influences, competing for control over the perceptions, behaviour and allegiances of human population groups".Indeed it is!
He said he found it interesting that "if you take out violence out of the first line, it's a description of politics".
Many thanks to Brigadier Justin Kelly for saying what needed to be said a long time ago.
Thanks also to the excellent Australian blog Bush Out (by Gandhi) for bringing this article to my attention.