'War on terror' fuels extremists
It was heartbreaking to listen to the speeches of relatives of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks during the commemoration ceremony held in New York to mark its 10th anniversary and they deserve all our sympathy.
However, 10 years of "war on terror" made Britain unsafe and more vulnerable to terror attacks.
Besides bringing al-Qaida to Iraq and Pakistan, this counter-productive war resulted in the loss of hundreds of thousands of innocent lives in Afghanistan, Iraq and Pakistan and produced eight million refugees.
There are about five million orphan children in Iraq alone and the Afghan capital, Kabul, became known as the 'city of widows'.
Violence only breeds violence. Political leaders need to consider alternatives.