A new poll shows that when asked if Britain should use force as a last resort to free 15 navy personnel detained in Iran,
Only 7% of respondents were in favour of using force when the poll was taken 9 days into the crisis.
I am betting a solid majority of Canadians are also opposed to the use of force. I recommend checking out The Galloping Beaver, who has two very interesting posts on this crisis including a discussion about the Iran/Iraq border issue and speculation on Iran’s motives for taking the hostages.
In keeping with the whole surge/Iran/Middle East theme, The Washington Post has an article reporting on the imminent death of the phrase “war on terror”, to be replaced with a much more affable phrase that does not include the word “war”. The “war” word is too harsh, makes people weary and implies a great deal of money is being spent making war on one particular country.
Apparently the Bush phrase “global struggle against violent extremism” is much too broad. There are an awful lot of countries with extremism problems and the US is certainly not going to get involved in anything messy if their interests are not at stake. I thought I would take a shot at it and throw out “Strategic Global Terror Control”. Everyone feeling better now?