Regular readers will know that I take the "War on Terror" personally. No question that the vile and depraved acts perpetrated on September 11th 2001 needed an answer. Have we answered it in the right way? For I fear that the way that the West has conducted itself since then has been blind and foolish.
I fear for the future of democracy. The incredible number of regulations imposed in the name of the War on Terror in the USA- from the so- called Patriot Act to the Department of Homeland Security all have been giant steps backward for the liberty of people in America and -as the US imposed extra-territoriality on many new rules- the rest of the world too.
Today on the Radio, I was hugely cheered to hear an American "heretic" raising the question.
"We have persecuted some; harassed large numbers; inconvenienced many; and taxed everybody. To what end?"
This is a question that should be on everyone's lips.
Have we been incredibly clever in defeating the devilish plots of Al Qaida, or was there not much of a conspiracy in the first place?
With the 43rd President still in office, the word clever does not naturally come to mind when considering this whole sorry fiasco.