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The West's street to Sep 11 deals an in depth clarification of the dealing with of the problem of terrorism by way of america, the united kingdom and the West over the past thirty years. David Carlton contends that anti-terrorist rhetoric by way of the Governments of the West often masked indifference to the actions of many practitioners of non-state violence; and that during the case of the USA it didn't hesitate even to sponsor these terrorist events if deemed supportive of its wider geopolitical pursuits.

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By D. Carlton

The West's street to Sep 11 deals an in depth clarification of the dealing with of the problem of terrorism by way of america, the united kingdom and the West over the past thirty years. David Carlton contends that anti-terrorist rhetoric by way of the Governments of the West often masked indifference to the actions of many practitioners of non-state violence; and that during the case of the USA it didn't hesitate even to sponsor these terrorist events if deemed supportive of its wider geopolitical pursuits.

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Sisco – Although who knows [whether] even a separate deal is feasible in present circumstances. Sir Denis – Yes, I mean people say why the bloody hell didn’t you try. 32 The West’s Road to 9/11 Sisco now evidently felt that he needed to do something to try to keep the British from throwing their lot in with the West Germans. So he decided to reveal that the Americans were in fact actively pressurising the Israelis. The record reads: Mr. Sisco – …you should know that we have now gone through the Israelis directly.

352, London, 2002. And the British Broadcasting Corporation, when unsure of its moral bearings, has developed a liking for using ‘militant’ to describe at least some sub-state/non-state practitioners of violence, presumably because it judges ‘terrorist’ to be ineluctably pejorative. 5 Henry Kissinger, Diplomacy, New York, 1994, p. 104. 6 Freeman to Sir Alec Douglas-Home, telegram no. 2590, 7 September 1970, PREM 15/201, National Archives, Kew (hereafter NA). 7 West to Douglas-Home, 7 September 1970, ibid.

There were cogent arguments against yielding, both in view of the precedent which would be created and because success by the terrorists on this occasion might encourage them to further and even more serious outrages. But in the present case these considerations had to be weighed against the loss of life which would occur if the terrorists carried out their threats. However much we might wish, on general grounds, to maintain a stand on juridical principles, we could hardly do so if in fact the countries whose nationals were predominantly involved wished us to do otherwise; and the indications were that this was so.

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