UK Security Chief Warns of Long Haul Against Terror

Britain should expect '10 to 15 year' struggle
By Sam Biddle,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 8, 2007 11:40 AM CDT
Britain's Prime Minister Gordon Brown, right, talks with Home Secretary Jacqui Smith, 2nd left, and Home Office Minister for Security Admiral Sir Alan West after a meeting of the government's top emergency...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Saying that fighting terrorists is "a daunting task," England's new security minister urged Britons to be "un-British" and "snitch" to the authorities if they suspect something, the BBC reports. Sir Alan West, a former Navy admiral, said "we're talking about such a big change"  that winning the struggle could take as long as 10 to 15 years.

Sir Alan blamed jihadists outside the country for  influencing young British subjects, adding that the country needed to "think about how we can change that." But he also maintained that the campaign against terrorism was going in the right direction. At the same time, PM Gordon Brown called for a new system to track terrorists throughout Europe (Read more Britain stories.)