Brigadier shocks and awes: there is no war on terrorism - National -

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. ...

Speaking at a conference on future warfighting, Brigadier Kelly, the director-general of future land warfare, also suggested that the "proposition you can bomb someone into thinking as we do has been found to be untrue". ...

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".

Imagine that... someone who readily acknowledges that bombing people will not make them your friend. No doubt he is seen as a raving lefty hippie by the rest of the armed forces, but at least SOMEONE has their head screwed in a bit better than world leaders.


Anonymous Graeme  

April 28, 2005 11:25 am

What would have been really interesting would have been had he gone one stop further and observed that bombing people until they agree to see things your way is terrorism.

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