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Gen Sir David Richards, the new head of Britain's armed forces, has warned that the West cannot defeat al-Qaida and militant Islam, according to a Sunday Telegraph report.
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Richards went on to say that defeating Islamist militancy was "unnecessary and would never be achieved," the British paper reported.
He did, however, argue that it could be "contained" to allow Britons to lead secure lives.
During an interview with The Sunday Telegraph
Gen Richards said that the West's war against a "pernicious ideology"
had parallels with the fight against Nazi Germany in the Second World
Gen Richards talked of the threat posed by "al-Qaida and its affiliates"
and said that it meant Britain's national security would be at risk for
at least 30 years.
He said during the interview that the British military and the
Government had been "guilty of not fully understanding what was at
stake" in Afghanistan and admitted that the Afghan people were beginning
to "tire" of NATO's inability to deliver on its promises.
Richards said the real weapon in the war against al-Qaida was the use of
"upstream prevention" as well as "education and democracy". The
problems that gave rise to militant Islamism were unlikely to be solved
soon, he added during the Telegraph