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US, UK Ignore Terror Causes: Study

War allies Washington and London are using Cold War-styled policies in dealing with terrorism, resorting to military might and ignoring the root causes of terror, a London-based renowned think tank said in a new study.

US, UK Ignore Terror Causes: Study
War allies Washington and London are using Cold War-styled policies in dealing with terrorism, resorting to military might and ignoring the root causes of terror, a London-based renowned think tank said in a new study on Wednesday, April 11.

"Their dangerous policies attempt to maintain control and keep the status quo by using overwhelming military force," said the Oxford Research Group (ORG).

The study said both the US and Britain were still adopting the Cold War way of thinking which focused on security as "defense".

"This approach has continued to dominate attitudes to international security, even though the global trend in major armed conflict and inter-state wars has continued to decrease in the post-Cold War era and new challenges have emerged to threaten peace and security."

An overwhelming majority of Americans think their country is pursuing wrong-headed foreign policies making the world more dangerous, according to a study by Foreign Affairs, America's most influential publication on international affairs and foreign.

A YouGov survey published by The Daily Telegraph on Tuesday, April 3, showed that the majority of Britons believe their country is punching above its weight and should not seek to have as much military influence in the world as it does now.

Hype

The London-based think tank also took issue with the allegation that terror poses the number one threat to today's world.

"Since 9/11, many western leaders insist that international terrorism is the greatest threat to world security," it said.

ORG insisted the claim has been stamped on the public consciousness by "constant press and media hype."

"But the evidence simply does not support this claim."

The study warned that the so-called "war on terror" was distracting attention from much greater threats such as climate change, global militarization, competition over resources and marginalization of the majority world.

"There is a clear and present danger - an increasingly marginalized majority living in an environmentally constrained world, where military force is more likely to be used to control the consequences of these dangerous divisions," said lead author Chris Abbott.

The study said that an urgent and coordinated action was need in the next 5-10 years otherwise "it will be almost impossible to avoid the earth becoming a highly unstable place."

"Spawned"

The study insisted that the invasion of Iraq has added fuel to the fire.

"Treating Iraq as part of the war on terror only spawned new terror in the region and created a combat training zone for jihadists," it said.

Without a UN authorization, the US invaded Iraq in 2003 on claims of stockpiling weapons of mass destruction, a claim later refuted by a US presidential report.

In the first comprehensive review of the "Iraq effect" on global security, a recent study by the Center on Law and Security at the New York University Foundation showed that the war resulted in a sevenfold increase in attacks worldwide.

The London-based Royal Institute of International Affairs has said that the war gave a momentum to Al-Qaeda's recruitment and fundraising and made Britain more vulnerable to terror attacks.

The ORG proposed the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq as part of "sustainable approaches" to fight terrorism.

It also urged dialogue with Iraqi "insurgent" groups to help stabilize the war-ravaged country.

The think tank also pressed for a genuine commitment to a viable two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

It further called for the closure of the notorious Guantanamo detention camp.
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