Speech by Colin James to Microsoft partners function, 27 March 2003
Iraq is the excitement of the moment. It is part of something rather big that is likely over time to change the economic and geopolitical environment.
President George Bush calls that “rather big something” a “war on terror”, which began with the invasion of Afghanistan and, if he is serious about eliminating terror of the Al Qaeda sort, will have to involve many more campaigns than the Iraq one. Iran, Palestine and North Korea have been cited; in a less combative, but nonetheless important, sense, Saudia Arabia, Syria, Egypt and on and on. Terror won’t stop until the funds and weapons supplies and supplies of recruits dry up — and that won’t happen until the societies which supply the recruits and funds and arms are enriched and liberalised to the degree that fighting and fundamentalism are unattractive.