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Pakistan's Musharraf urges West to tackle root cause of terrorism

Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf vowed to pursue extremists but warned that operations against al-Qaeda and the Taliban were of short-term tactical value and that root causes of terrorism must be addressed. “There must be no doubt that we must all act and launch a war against extremism and terrorism,” he said Tuesday in a speech to students at the prestigious Peking University on the second day of a visit to meet China’s new leaders. “But let me say that these are only symptoms. If we want to win the war against extremism and terrorism, we must also address the root causes.” His comments were in a similar vein to those of outspoken and recently retired Malaysian leader Mahathir Mohamad who warned last month that conflicts would never be won through brute force. “Operations against al-Qaeda and the Taliban, Hamas and Hezbollah are all of short-term tactical value,” said Musharraf. Full Story

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