LONDON - British Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said that security in todays world can no longer be guaranteed by the worlds only superpower, or even a concert of great powers. The threats from climate change, terrorism, pandemics and financial crisis are too large and too diffuse and over the last decade the focus of the relationship between the west and the Muslim world has narrowed. During his speech at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on Thursday calling for a 'coalition of consent between the West and the Muslim world Miliband said terrorism has distorted our views of each other and skewed our engagement with each other. Organisations with different aims, values and tactics were lumped together. Little or sometimes no distinction was drawn between those engaged in national territorial struggles and those pursuing global or pan-Islamic objectives; between those that could be drawn into domestic political processes and those who are essentially anti-political and violent. He was of the view that decisions taken many years ago in London are still felt on the landscape of the ME and South Asia. Ruined Crusader castles remain as poignant monuments to the religious violence of the Middle Ages. The British Foreign Secretary said that the lines drawn on maps by Colonial powers were succeeded, amongst other things, by the failure - it has to be said not just ours - to establish two states in Palestine. More recently, the invasion of Iraq, and its aftermath, aroused a sense of bitterness, distrust and resentment. When people hear about Britain, too often they think of these things. David Miliband said the upshot was that the West came to be seen not, as we would have wished, as anti-terror, but as anti-Islam. No matter that mainstream politicians in the UK and US and in Muslim countries repeatedly rejected the notion of a clash of civilisations. That is how it came to be perceived. He went on: I think it is a great shame that the doctrine of liberal interventionism came to be defined not by action in Sierra Leone and Kosovo, where humanitarian interests were at stake, but by the conflict in Iraq. It came to be defined, narrowly and inaccurately, by military action rather than diplomatic engagement. We need to recover the original idea, which was and is a noble idea, very much an expression of our values. It explains why we have doubled our aid to Pakistan, and are helping the democratically elected government to improve the quality of basic services, notably education and health. Miliband said that confrontation between Muslims and non-Muslims, in Bosnia and Kosovo, in Iraq and Afghanistan, in South East Asia and the Middle East, has brought terrible human misery. That suffering poisons international relations.