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John McCain the pot-stirrer

By Jonathan Power  

First it was Mitt Romney, who in an article for Foreign Affairs said that the threat posed by radical Islam was “just as real” as that from the Nazis and the Soviet Union. And now we have presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain saying the US needs a leadership “to confront the transcendent challenge of our time: the threat of radical Islamic terrorism.”

To realise what poisonous nonsense this, look back to the Palestinian liberation movement, whose terrorism at the Munich Olympics and constant plane hijackings kept the world jittery throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Or the IRA, which managed,…

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