He could become London’s top policeman, and he oversaw the end of the IRA , so people are taking the words of Sir Hugh Orde seriously. He’s not the only prominent figure to suggest negotiating with the architects of 9/11, and numerous atrocities from Bali to Baghdad.
As recently as February , we were reading stories of the organisation in retreat in Iraq, so it might be a good time, the argument goes.
You might not see it that way if you’ve lost a loved one to the killers. You might not see it that way on a point of principle to never talk to murderers. And you might not see it that way as it’s hard to know what Al Qaeda actually wants.
Or you might think something’s got to stop the violence and this as good an idea as any.