Mohammad Sidique Khan
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Mohammad Sidique Khan
In an update (#19!) to this post, Jeff Goldstein writes:
Atrios, Pandagon, Kos, and—more disturbingly, if it proves predictive of how the Democratic leadership will respond—at least one Democratic congresswoman I’m aware of, are all suggesting that today’s London bombings prove that the “flypaper theory” is demonstrably false, this despite the documented fact of thousands upon thousands of jihadis pouring into Iraq each month, where many of them will be killed.
Which, for a group of people who claim to be so nuanced, things really are quite black and white in the reality-based community: if we can’t take down every dictator simultaneously, we shouldn’t take down even one; if a terror attack happens outside of Iraq, the thousands of terrorists we’re killing inside Iraq are no longer part of the equation.
It is infantile to expect every terror attack outside of Iraq can be stopped; and it is ridiculous to extrapolate from a single terror attack the lesson that somehow our entire longterm strategy for defeating Islamic terrorism is faulty. Doing so just serves the terrorist’s interests by showing them that such tactics could well weaken our commitment to an overall war strategy of spreading the seeds of democracy throughout the mideast.
Okay, one last thought.
It seems to me that a lot of people on the left came out awfully quick with statements that basically blamed today's terrorist attacks in London on the Bush/Blair Iraq policy.
Do you get the feeling that these statements were sitting there on their laptops, just waiting to plug in the name of the country attacked?
George Galloway comes to mind, but for that matter, so do most of the noxious crap I'm reading all over the blogosphere.
I'll bet if you looked at the creation date of their remarks, they date from somewhere in mid-2004.
I have nothing to say about the terrorist attacks in Britain this morning, except that I pray for those injured and killed and for their families.
I have prayers for the terrorists as well, but they aren't that benign.
Update: Captain Ed says it well.
Update II: Not too surprisingly, Instapundit has links
Update III: Tim Blair reports 45 Dead
Update IV: "While the bodies are still warm" alert: George Galloway:
1513 Respect MP George Galloway says: "We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such warnings."
Update V: At the speed of the Internet, Christopher Hitchens answers Galloway: The Anticipated Attack / Don't blame Iraq for the bombings.
Update VI: For the reaction of the American Left, see Michelle Malken
You know, I’m not sure that these people have quite understood us. We’ve just spent 30 years being bombed by a bunch of terrorist nutters. Whatever your views on Irish nationalism, Eire, the rights of the IRA and so on, it is an inescapable truth that there were a series of bombings "on the mainland" and no, it didn’t spread "fear and panic from the north to the south." No, not even when 21 people were killed in bombs in pubs, not even when thousands of bombs were dropped on London, death falling from the skies on a regular basis.
You’ve just not quite understood us, have you? Any politician who even so much as hinted at the idea that this would be a reason to leave Afghanistan or Iraq would be immediately howled down.
I have talked to a few people who have pointed out that Edgware, Aldgate (and Moorgate) and King's Cross all are in or adjacent to Muslim communities. King's Cross is the locale of The School of Oriental and African Studies, a highly respected institution teaching and researching Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It is possible that the attacks were as much directed at the Muslim population as the city at large.
This interpretation is no doubt correct; but I also think that it is indicative that elements within the Muslim neighborhoods themselves probably carried out the attacks.
Sneak out, plant the bombs, sneak back. Easy-peasy.