A lecture by Prof. Alex Danchev of Nottingham University on "Terror and Torture".
Added by santanupal on October 7, 2006
Best Insight: After 9/11 George W. Bush should not have declared a war on terror, but called it what it is - a crime
because 9/11 did not pose an existential threat to the USA
10/12/2006 3:13:09 PM
( Source: Reuters)
In the wake of the September 11, 2001, attacks on the United States, Bush coined the phrase "war on terror".
While Prime Minister Tony Blair and other ministers have used the term in the past, its use has become more infrequent and the Foreign Office said on Sunday it preferred to avoid it.
"Clearly we always seek to avoid reinforcing the terrorists' narrative by using language that taken out of context could be counter-productive," said a Foreign Office spokesman.
"Our approach has consistently been to emphasise upholding shared values as a means to counter terrorists."
The Foreign Office believes that calling the fight a "war" legitimises the other side.