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    LONDON, England (AP) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said it is crucial to address terrorism's underlying causes, which he identified as deprivation, lack of democracy and ongoing conflict in the Middle East.


    "Ultimately what we now know, if we didn't before, is that where there is extremism, fanaticism or acute and appalling forms of poverty in one continent, the consequences no longer stay fixed in that continent, they spread to the rest of the world" - Blair.

    Atleast one leader can think logically after a disaster unlike G.Bush...
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    (Original post by LOST)
    LONDON, England (AP) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said it is crucial to address terrorism's underlying causes, which he identified as deprivation, lack of democracy and ongoing conflict in the Middle East.


    "Ultimately what we now know, if we didn't before, is that where there is extremism, fanaticism or acute and appalling forms of poverty in one continent, the consequences no longer stay fixed in that continent, they spread to the rest of the world" - Blair.

    Atleast one leader can think logically after a disaster unlike G.Bush...
    Blair and Bush have been saying the same things for months. If you chose to not acknowledge them thats your fault.
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    There is extremism, fanaticism and acute and appalling forms of poverty in ALL continents, he can't do anything about these problems in London. Is his message, "get used to it"?
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    (Original post by LOST)
    LONDON, England (AP) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said it is crucial to address terrorism's underlying causes, which he identified as deprivation, lack of democracy and ongoing conflict in the Middle East.


    "Ultimately what we now know, if we didn't before, is that where there is extremism, fanaticism or acute and appalling forms of poverty in one continent, the consequences no longer stay fixed in that continent, they spread to the rest of the world" - Blair.

    Atleast one leader can think logically after a disaster unlike G.Bush...
    Is that why most terrorists are from Africa? Oh wait. :rolleyes:
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    (Original post by LOST)
    LONDON, England (AP) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair said it is crucial to address terrorism's underlying causes, which he identified as deprivation, lack of democracy and ongoing conflict in the Middle East.


    "Ultimately what we now know, if we didn't before, is that where there is extremism, fanaticism or acute and appalling forms of poverty in one continent, the consequences no longer stay fixed in that continent, they spread to the rest of the world" - Blair.

    Atleast one leader can think logically after a disaster unlike G.Bush...
    Common sense attitude, just a pity that rhetoric gets in the way of looking at terrorist acts dispassionately.

    Whilst we must insist that we will never surrender to terrorism we need to ensure that the causes of terrorism are dealt with in an equitable, political and diplomatic way. We should learn from our experiences with the 'long-term' war we had with the IRA is which neither side emerged as the victor, and during which time many thousands of innocents died by the actions of both government and terrorists.

    A good start from our leader!
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    (Original post by Vienna)
    Blair and Bush have been saying the same things for months. If you chose to not acknowledge them thats your fault.

    not surprising you are defending your fellow right wing thinking politicians. "Saying and Doing" are quiet different. going to War with Iraq isn’t really going to "address terrorism's underlying causes" as it hasn't. In fact it has created a heaven for jihadists across the world to go there in order to attack coalition forces. It has also changed people's perception against war on terror (just look at bush's approval rates in the US) So forgive me if i don't think that Mr.Bush is trying to ADDRESS causes of terrorism.
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    There is a difference between the actual causes of terrorism and the perceived causes. The ismalic jihadists aren't actually very bothered about world poverty but about the lack of power of islam and muslim countries. It wasn't world poverty that bin laden used to justify the Bali bombings but Australian support for East Timorese independence. It wasn't Israel's activities ion Palestine but US forces being based in ~Saudi arabia that inspired the WTC attack. Certainly the US and its allies blundered in invading Iraq, but it is other Iraqis that are being murdered by religious maniacs far more than Us citizens. There are good practical and moral arguments for and against withdrawal from Iraq, but there is no reason to think that a withdrawal would have any effect on the bigots' attitude. Nor would a Palestinian-Israeli peace deal. Even an israeli withdrawal to the 1967 borders would not be an acceptable agreement for the fanatics. Only a complete destruction of Israel as an independet state would do.
    These are not arguments for not trying to deal with the problems of the world, but the arguments for that rest on common decency and basic morality, not the need to deal with terrorists. Just don't think that a juster world- even if it can be achieved- will stop terrorists of one sort or other.
 
 
 

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