Thursday, April 28, 2005

High-Ranking Officer Agrees With WP!!

Winter Patriot's lonely voice has found an echo in an unexpected place. Australian Brigadier Justin Kelly, the director-general of future land warfare, has confirmed what you [may have] read here very recently, namely that the so-called "war on terror" is phony. We have come to our conclusions by different means, which makes the agreement all the more remarkable. You can read more of Brigadier Kelly's comments here: Brigadier shocks and awes: there is no war on terrorism
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.

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.
How about that? Finally somebody on the inside is willing to admit what we have known all along.

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".

He said he found it interesting that "if you take out violence out of the first line, it's a description of politics".
Indeed it is!

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.