Misleading and Mistaken

Voice of America, January 15:

Britain’s Foreign Secretary is calling for democracies to rethink their strategy against extremists, saying the notion of the “war on terror” is misleading and mistaken.

David Miliband said the U.S.-led “war on terror” was an attempt to build solidarity by portraying a fight against a single shared enemy.

But, by grouping various terrorist organizations together and drawing battle lines as a simple struggle between good and evil, extremists are aided in their effort to unify; groups generally with little in common.

The British foreign secretary said democracies must respond to terrorism by championing the rule of law, not subordinating it.