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Winning The War

by | 4th, September 2006

“THE War on terror, five years on.”

What with this being the front page of the Independent, readers half expect this story to focus on how the war has impacted on the flora and fauna of Afghanistan, Iraq and Tipton.

Are carbon emissions caused by suicide bombers creating a hole in the ozone layer above Baghdad? The Indy investigates.

That for later. For now, the paper looks at the human cost of the war triggered by al-Qaeda’s attack on New York.

And George’s Bush’s response. According to the Indy, “Bush’s tactics of using overwhelming military might to fight extremism appear to have rebounded, spawning an epidemic of global terrorism that has claimed an estimated 72,265 lives since 2001, most of them Iraqi civilians.”

Many are dead. Too many. The US based National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (Mipt) says that in addition to the thousands killed by terrorists, 30,626 “have been killed in a combination of terror attacks and counter-insurgency actions by the US and its allies”.

This on the day the Times leads with the faces of 14 British servicemen killed in that country. Since November 2001, 36 Britons have died in Afghanistan (15 killed in action and 21 from illness, non-combat injuries or accidents).

Have their deaths been in vain? The answer is no. The odious Taliban are proving hard to crack but they are no longer in power, dominating the people and ruling with fear. Indeed, the belief is that the war there can be won, especially if British troops are given the necessary equipment.

So too Iraq. Saddam Hussein is out of office.

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