Report calls war on terror inadequate

Sept. 25, 2008 at 5:55 PM
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WASHINGTON, Sept. 25 (UPI) -- A report says the ongoing global war on terror does not address the root problems and is inadequate in preventing future extremist violence.

The report, released Wednesday by the bipartisan Leadership Group of the U.S.-Muslim Engagement Project, says the heavy-handed military approach from the West deployed in the war on terror is not very effective for long-term solutions. The report also calls on the Muslim community to take steps to target terrorism.

Among the suggestions listed in the report, entitled "Changing Course: A New Direction for U.S. Relations with the Muslim World," are placing a greater emphasis on diplomacy and reaching out to understand differences.

"At the core of the strategy is a four-pillar approach," Madeleine Albright, former U.S. secretary of state and Leadership Group member, said in a statement.

"The key to moderating extremism is a comprehensive policy that addresses the main sources of tension. Together with partners in the Muslim world, we should employ diplomacy to reduce conflict, technical assistance to improve governance, economic help to create jobs, and dialogue to build mutual respect and understanding."

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