UK Army Chief: Al Qaeda ‘Unbeatable’

Nov 15, 2010 No Comments by

General Sir David Richards & Hamid Karzai (Afghanistan)

The head of the British Armed Forces has warned that the West will never be able to defeat Al Qaeda or Islamic militants.

General Sir David Richards may have summed up what we have all been thinking. As if by way of reassurance he did say, the threat from terrorism can be contained.

“Make no mistake. The global threat from Al Qaeda and its terrorist affiliates is an enduring one and one which, if we let it, will rear its head in states, particularly those that are unstable,” he warned.

Evidence of that remark is being played out in Yemen where tribal leaders have refused to handover Al Qaeda leaders because of their tribal loyalties.

“The national security of the UK and our allies, is in my judgment, at stake,” General Richards said. “In conventional war, defeat and victory is very clear cut and is symbolized by troops marching into another nation’s capital. First of all, you have to ask: Do we need to defeat it (Islamist terrorism) in the sense of a clear-cut victory. I would argue that it is unnecessary and would never be achieved,” he said.

“But can we contain it to the point that our lives and our children’s lives are led securely? I think we can,’ he observed.

He also warned that the Afghan people are beginning to ‘tire’ of Nato’s inability to deliver on its promise. A remark confirmed by President Hamid Karzai this week in an interview that has shocked the U.S. administration.

In October 2009, General Richards said, “We cannot afford to lose the war in Afghanistan.” He must be worried by recent developments.


Speaking with the Washington Post, Karzai called for America to stop night raids and reduce their military operations. He called for US troops to get off the roads and out of Afghan homes.

“The time has come to reduce the presence of, you know, boots in Afghanistan, to reduce the intrusiveness into the daily Afghan life,” he said.

Referring to the night raids, Karzai said, “The raids are a problem always. They were a problem then, they are a problem now. They have to go away.”

Stephanie Sanok, a senior fellow at the Centre of Strategic and International Studies said she is ‘disturbed’ by Karzai’s demands.

“If we ended or significantly cut back on the night raids, I’m not sure that the goodwill it buys counteracts the loss of effectiveness,” she said.

Karzai also called for America to honour its plans to withdraw.

‘The time has come to reduce military operations’ he said.

I linked these two reports, General Sir David Richards and Hamid Karzai, because I see a common denominator.

Stopping terrorist activities, whether it is Al Qaeda or the Taliban does not work well when America or anyone else, works in co-operation with corrupt regimes.

If the UK General is right and Al Qaeda will never be defeated, we the people, must be defended by a leadership that has the gloves off, knows the enemy and avoids playing games with the gangs.


The Middle East is in a serious crisis because America prefers to financially strengthen militant states in the region, while promoting peace talks.

The situation was emphasized when President Obama chose to criticize Israel in a speech made from the most Muslim nation on earth, Indonesia. He addressed the Middle East peace process and in particular the building status in areas of Judea and Samaria. “This kind of activity is never helpful when it comes to peace negotiations,” Obama said.

In the war against Islamist militancy, I presume he believes an attack on Israel will make him flavour of the month with the Muslim world.

He has become so insipid, the Shas Party in Israel has asked to see his latest demands in writing, signed by the President. To them, his word, is no longer trustworthy.

Come to think about it, how many Al Qaeda operatives are Israelis?

Back to General Richards. It seems we will never defeat Al Qaeda and Islamist terrorism because our international leaders have not yet. worked out just who we’re fighting.

Either roll over and give in to their process or rise up, like the US Tea Party and demand less politics and more reality.

There is another way. The Lord commanded when He visited the planet. “Go into all the world and evangelise,” He said. Seems we’ve been too busy to obey so there are consequences on the way.

Hopefully evangelism will become part of our vocabulary again and we can show the General how to stop Al Qaeda and the others.

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Ron Ross worked as the first Sports Editor at WINTV. In Wollongong. He ran The Hamburger Hut an outreach and discipleship program for youth. He served with Youth With a Mission in Hawaii, Philippines and Australia. He was senior pastor of the Noosa Baptist Church, Queensland for 9 years. He reported news from Jerusalem for five years and is now the Middle East correspondent for United Christian Broadcasters and travels regularly preaching and teaching.
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