- The war in Iraq was entered into for the wrong reasons.
- Until recently, I felt the prospect of our troops staying in Iraq (and Afghanistan) was not certain, and that withdrawing them as soon as appropriate would be wise.
- Any nation threatened by terrorism must adopt the position that the terrorists' position will not be benefitted by their actions. To do otherwise sets a dangerous precedent.
- Blair as expected lays down this message in response to the attacks.
- As a result, Britain must now not pull out of Iraq or Afghanistan any time soon, nor in a way that could be construed to be complying with the 'statement'.
- ..and are so wrapped up in their method and principle of the matter rather than the outcome that they don't care
- ..or they actually believe there is some other way we will respond despite the obviousness of the above.
The only other option (and my hope) is that their 'statement' is falsified by dumb extremists on our side wishing to pin the attacks on 'the enemy', hoping to garner public support for the war.
The crux of the matter is it may be the case that al-Qaeda carried out the attacks but by specifically mentioning the reasons they are carrying out the acts of terrorism in their 'statement' they are effectively ensuring those reasons continue to exist.
All logical outcomes are therefore very depressing thoughts.