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U.K. General: Al-Qaida Can Never Be Defeated

Posted on Nov 14, 2010
AP / Kirsty Wigglesworth

Head of the British army, Gen. Sir David Richards.

Britain’s highest military officer is offering some wisdom: Al-Qaida can never be completely defeated—an admission that comes almost 10 years into the “war on terror.” The British general is calling for a military focus on containing enemy fighters and not annihilation. —JCL

Al-Jazeera English:

Britain’s most senior officer has been quoted as saying that al-Qaeda can never be completely defeated.

David Richards, chief of the defence staff, said on Sunday that outright victory is “unnecessary” as long as governments are able to contain the fighters.

“First of all, you have to ask: ‘Do we need to defeat it (al-Qaeda) in the sense of a clear cut victory?’” Richards told British newspaper the Sunday Telegraph.

“I would argue that it is unnecessary and would never be achieved ... but can we contain it to the point that our lives and our children’s lives are led securely? I think we can.”

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By ardee, November 15, 2010 at 6:37 am Link to this comment

I will not entertain the “myth” of AlQaeda and for the same reasons I do not enter the realm of 9/11 conspiracies, one simply cannot prove a negative.

However, experience should have taught us that insurgencies flourish amidst support of the people and fail when lacking such support. Everything we have done, in Iraq and Afghanistan, every statement we make regarding Iran serves to further alienate the populations of that region. Conspiracy or ignorance and pomposity, the result is the same; AlQaeda grows more popular.

When the Taliban was running Afghanistan it was increasingly unpopular with the folks it ruled. Since we have put “boots on the ground” that popularity is on the rise. This should tell us something, any number of somethings in fact.

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By samosamo, November 14, 2010 at 11:53 pm Link to this comment


Absolutely. How can something invented in thin
air be defeated when it really doesn’t exist in the
first place. al the qaida was created to extend
american hegemony throughout the world for
milton the turd lick friedman’s economic game
plan. It is the boogie monster to keep the home
crowds cowed and shaking in fear and terror.

Kudos, diamond. I just went through these
comments and am glad to be on the same page
as you and the others. Too bad the msm won’t let
these ghosts go the way of the graveyard but it
sure keeps the home crowd worrying about
something not to matter how empty that is.

At least U.K. isn’t asleep at the wheel like
americans are.

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By Hammond Eggs, November 14, 2010 at 8:59 pm Link to this comment

“Defeat” them or “contain” them.  What does that really mean?  It means nothing - absolutely nothing.  Just words, empty sound.  One way or another, we’ll be in that shithole forever.

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By bogglesthemind, November 14, 2010 at 8:12 pm Link to this comment

“We Have Met The Enemy and He Is Us”

Seems about right.

~Is it not time to rise up against willful stupidity?

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By diamond, November 14, 2010 at 5:08 pm Link to this comment

How can al-Qaida ever be defeated? Al-Qaida is a bunch of terrorists run by the CIA to justify America’s military hegemony in places where it would otherwise have no justification for its invasions and occupations and theft of third world resources. It’s hard to defeat an enemy that doesn’t exist.

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By Malcontent, November 14, 2010 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

“I would argue that it is unnecessary and would never be achieved ... but can we contain it to the point that our lives and our children’s lives are led securely? I think we can.”

Translation: We have accepted victory is impossible, but we will not stop occupying the middle east. Do not question our logic. We are doing it for the children.

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