They just got a different tool to use than we do: They kill innocent lives to achieve objectives. That's what they do. And they're good. They get on the TV screens and they get people to ask questions about, well, you know, this, that or the other. I mean, they're able to kind of say to people: Don't come and bother us, because we will kill you. Bush - Joint News Conference with Blair - 28 July '06

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Guantanamo: "Previous system of international law" the problem

Jack Straw:
"Of course, I understand the concern that people in Britain, Europe and the US have about Guantanamo Bay. It's also important to recognise that there is another side to this, which is called September 11 and which is not an invention of the CIA. It was a decision by al-Qaeda, with a complicit failing state in Afghanistan, to go in for the worst terrorist outrages the world has ever seen.

"That would have continued unless there had been the military action which was taken against the Taliban with the consequences that some hundreds of very bad terrorists were then picked up. They had to be detained in circumstances which the previous system of international law had never anticipated. That's the problem." Read more