UK abandons 'war on terror' phrase The British government has stopped using the phrase "war on terror", a Cabinet minister announced in a speech delivered in New York. Hilary Benn, Britain's international development secretary, said on Monday that the expression strengthens terrorists resolve by making them feel part of a larger struggle. "We do not use the phrase 'war on terror' because we can't win by military means alone... this isn't us against one organised enemy with a clear identity and a coherent set of objectives," Benn told an audience at New York University's Centre of International Co-operation. The phrase "war on terror" was popularised by George Bush, the US president, after the September 11 attacks. 'Shared identity' Benn said a variety of disparate minority radical groups have gained exposure by sharing a "distorted view of the world" with similar organisations. "What these groups want is to force their individual and narrow values on others without dialogue, without debate, through violence. "And by letting them feel part of something bigger, we give them strength." An official spokesman for Tony Blair, Britain's prime minister, said he was unsure when Blair had last used the phrase. "We all use our own phraseology, and we talk about terrorism, we talk about the fight against terrorism, but we also talk about trying to find political solutions to political problems," he said on condition of anonymity. 'Soft' power appeal Benn called on the US to use the "soft power" of values and ideas as well as the "hard power" of military strength to defeat extremist groups. He also highlighted Britain's support for the International Criminal Court (ICC), which the US has refused to join to protect US soldiers and officials from prosecution, and appealed for the closure of the US' Guantanamo Bay detention centre. Benn's speech was partly an appeal to Labour party members, who are largely opposed to the war in Iraq and Blair's close relationship with Bush. Benn is widely expected to become Labour's deputy leader in a party election after Blair steps down as prime minister later this year. http://english.aljazeera.net/NR/exeres/7D73AC20-AF10-4AB1-8B30-DDC82143CC51.htm --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- PROBLEM SOLVED Mark my words, This is how the US will be able to pull out of Iraq. The War On Terror is UNWINNABLE, and the US knows it. its pretty obvious that short of killing anyone and everyone who disagrees with the US, they will never rid the planet of "TERROR" So what have the geniuses done? Eliminated the idea of losing a battle that cannot be won. If there is no "War on Terror" anymore than American is simply baby sitting Iraq until they get their shit together, and learn to walk, and that cant take too long, maybe sept 08? (unlike ridding the world of fear, that could take forever) By simply RENAMING the struggle it essentially means the beginning of the end in "The War On Terror." And dont you worry, its not "Cutting and Running", it's letting Iraq stand up on their own, letting them embrace their new democracy. Which we have already seen the first shining example of in thier 'peaceful' exercising of the 'free' and democratic right to gather in protest. Everyone remembers the very first "Anti America Flag Burning rally". It's over people, grab a cold one and relax. USA! USA! USA!