Amazing so much stupidity can be packed into a single person.
(ABC News) — The former head of MI5, Britain’s intelligence unit, says she hopes the UK and US are looking at different ways to talk to Al Qaeda.
Eliza Manningham-Buller, who ran MI5 until 2007, has used a BBC lecture to say she hopes British and US intelligence are examining who to talk to within Al Qaeda, as well as how and what could be discussed.
But she says negotiations are still a way off.
Baroness Manningham-Buller says military and security responses to terrorism can only go so far and eventually a political settlement with terror groups is needed.
She says the September 11 attacks were “a crime, not an act of war”.
She adds she has always found the phrase “war on terror” unhelpful, saying the Iraq invasion was a distraction in the West’s pursuit of Al Qaeda.