Though I haven’t seen this story widely reported, I think it’s very significant:
“The people who were murdered on July 7 were not the victims of war. The men who killed them were not soldiers,” Macdonald said. “They were fantasists, narcissists, murderers and criminals and need to be responded to in that way.”
For a long time, folks like David Cortright and Ron Mock have been saying that the first step in taking effective action against terrorism is ending the war metaphor and shifting to a criminal justice one. Miraculously, British officials seem to have caught on. Mock and Cortrigth lay out a whole lot of good reasons for using the court systems to pursue terrorists rather then the military and British officials seem to have picked up on at least two of them:
His remarks signal a change in emphasis across Whitehall, where the “war on terror” language has officially been ditched.
Officials were concerned it could act as a recruiting tool for Al Qaeda, which is determined to manufacture a battle between Islam and the West.
The term “Islamic terrorist” will also no longer be used. Officials believe it is unhelpful because it appears to directly link the religion to terrorist atrocities.
Now if Britain could use their “special relationship” to convince the US to do this too, it would make up for a whole lot of nasty codependency issues we’ve been having recently. (via Boing Boing)