West Needs More Terror To Save Doomed Foreign Policy

By Paul Joseph Watson, Prison Planet, Tuesday 10 July 2007

Only attacks on scale of 9/11, 7/7 can bolster resolve according to war studies head

The West needs more terror attacks on the scale of 9/11 and 7/7 in order to save a failing foreign policy, according to Lt.-Col. Doug Delaney, chair of the war studies program at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario.

This alarming admission can be found right at the end of a long and academic Toronto Star article about the history of conflict and why the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq are doomed.

“The Royal Military College of Canada (RMC), is the military academy of the Canadian Forces and is a full degree-granting university,” according to Wikipedia.

The Star article discusses a new study which surmises that military invasions since World War 2 that require cooperation of the population of a country to succeed hold only a 17% chance of success.

In a paraphrased quote attributed to Delaney, he concludes that “The key to bolstering Western resolve is another terrorist attack like 9/11 or the London transit bombings of two years ago.”

“If nothing happens, it will be harder still to say this is necessary,” adds Delaney.

“Londoners pull together outside a subway station during the bombings of July 7, 2005. Could such terrorist attacks actually bolster Western resolve?”—reads the caption accompanying the photo in the Toronto Star piece.

By this logic, if terrorist attacks only boost the geopolitical agenda of Western governments then how is it in their interest to prevent them, and of what benefit are they to the actual terrorists—unless the terrorists occupy positions of power?

Delaney's comments are in a similar vein to former Republican Senator Rick Santorum's statements to a radio show this past weekend, in which he said that “unfortunate events” would occur along the lines of the recent car bomb attempts in the UK, that will change American's views of the war.

Last month, the new chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party Dennis Milligan said that there needed to be more attacks on American soil for President Bush to regain popular approval.