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July 09, 2005

One Other Thing

I was driving home tonight listening to C-SPAN radio. They were simulcasting the BBC 11 O'Clock news. The newsreader made a comment to this effect:

The wake of this attack is really frustrating, because we have no clue whatsoever who did it, or why they did it, or what they were trying to accomplish, nor are we likely to.

The only way to stop attacks like this is to pull out of Iraq, and especially out of Afghanistan, right now.

Tariq Ali said something similar in this morning's Grauniad.

Peace in our time, folks. If we just roll over quicker, we can have peace in our time.

Posted by Blackavar at July 9, 2005 01:42 AM | TrackBack
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The would-be appeasers should be reminded of the fact that, following the fall of Kabul, plans were found in several locations for various attacks on London including detonating a car bomb in the City of London. This story was reported at the time in both the London Times and the Economist, although much less so in the States. These plans were drawn up well before the invasion of Afghanistan and, of course, well before Iraq. Given Al-Qaeda's penchant for attacking civilian targets without immediate provocation (see 9/11), it seems almost certain that attacks against the "Little Satan" were in the works well prior to the invasion of Afghanistan.

The bottom line: London was an almost certain terror target no matter what position the British government had taken on Afghanistan/Iraq. It will continue to be a target even in the unlikely event the government decides to reduce its commitment in Iraq. It is doubtful that any amount of appeasment would serve to eliminate London as a target at this point.

Posted by: vanveen at July 9, 2005 01:20 PM

When did the BBC start editorialising the news like that? I've never heard a BBC newsreader give their opinion. If it really was the newsreader, the sky is falling.

Posted by: oxyscot at July 9, 2005 05:26 PM

Oxy, I don't know when they started. I just know they said that yesterday and I was stunned. Maybe it was a trick of editing, but it sure sounded like the newsreader to me, because that was followed by the usual goodnight from London or whatever formulaic signoff they normally use. It struck me as incredibly nihilistic. At least one of those attacks had to be within a googly of Beeb HQ. To say things like that... It bespeaks a stunning disregard for one's own existence.

I think the fact that Afghanistan is still a bone of contention for AQ and for some supposedly legit voices of the Muslim world, reinforces two facts. (1) The Islamacists insist they have a right to slaughter who they want, when they want, and the intended victims have no right to self defense; and (2) It's not a matter of whether or not we are all on the Islamacists' list; it's just a question of where we rank in the queue. Everybody in the west, and most people in the east, including moderate and not quite as extreme Muslims, are on their list.

Posted by: Blackavar at July 9, 2005 09:46 PM

What surprises me is how illogical the statements are, paired as they are. If it really isn't known who the terrorists are, then why are they necessarily concerned with Iraq or Afghanistan?

Posted by: Mike C at July 10, 2005 09:04 AM

Um, yeah, the words "mutually exclusive" flashed across my frontal lobe in bright red neon letters several times when I drafted that. But I decided to let you discover the "so pissed off at the stupidity of that comment that I'm seeing stars" buzz for yourself.

Posted by: Blackavar at July 11, 2005 06:47 PM

It was pretty funny, I'll have to listen to BBC news a little more often! I read their site on the internet, but I've never seen anything like that. I wonder if the announcer wrote a letter to an Ohio farmer last October, urging him to vote for Kerry.

Posted by: Mike C at July 13, 2005 02:31 AM
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