Thursday, July 07, 2005

Ok, here's a little bit
Head over to Andrew Sullivan and just keep scrolling.

Remember what we said on 9/11?

Now this nation that I love has fallen under attack.
A mighty sucker punch came flying in from somewhere in the back.
Soon as we could see clearly through our big black eye,
Man, we lit up your world like the Fourth of July.
That serves as a good example for me. 9/11 was a mistake, we said, because Americans weren't going to roll over—we were going to come back and rain hellfire down on those who'd attacked us.

Well, the Brits don't react with the same immediate anger that we do—but they're going to be pissed. Spain capitulated in the face of the Madrid bombings—Britain will not. This is just the thing to drum up support for their involvement in Iraq, not the opposite. Our strongest ally in the War on Terror has just begun to rededicate itself to that task.

The islamofascists have now pissed off the great majority of Anglo military might (remember, Australia lost a lot of people in the Bali nightclub bombings as well). If they actually want to win this war, that wasn't such a good idea.


Steve said...

Cobblers. It'll be business as usual. Iraq's still wrong, Bush is still hated over here. Basically I think people's minds are already made up and fixed at this point in time. The difference is that in the US it's roughly 50/50 for and against the war etc, and in UK/Europe it's 20/80. Future events of any type will serve only to solidify people's views.

Tanstaafl said...

Brian didn't mention Iraq did he? I think he was talking about Al Qaeda and Islamofascism. I thought the two weren't linked? Seems they are in your mind Steve.

Steve said...

er, I think he did...

This is just the thing to drum up support for their involvement in Iraq, not the opposite.

I was saying that I didn't think that this would be the case at all.

veggiedude said...

Let's not forget that many American's supported the I.R.A. over a 30 year period with moral support, financial aid and even with guns. The American legal system kept escaped bombers on the run in this country for years as they fought extradition. This is similar to how some in Iraq supported (in particular, Saddam) the suicide bombers in Israel. Talk about living in glass houses.

RFTR said...

I'll allow Christopher Hitchens to respond on my behalf:
"I remember living in London through the Provisional IRA bombing in the 70s. I saw the very first car-bomb explode against the Old Bailey in 1972. There was no warning that time, but after a while a certain etiquette developed.

"And, even as I detested the people who might have just as soon have blown me up as anyone else, I was aware there were ancient disputes involved, and that there was a potential political solution.
Nothing of the sort applies in this case. We know very well what the 'grievances' of the jihadists are.

"The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way.

"FOR a few moments yesterday, Londoners received a taste of what life is like for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose Muslim faith does not protect them from slaughter at the hands of those who think they are not Muslim enough, or are the wrong Muslim."

There's a difference.