Dispatches From the Moderate Left

Friday, July 08, 2005

London Falling

I can't add anything useful to what has and will be said about the horrible attacks in London. Whether it's scores of people in london or the 1200 or so Iraqis who have died in similar attacks throughout that country in the last few months, no one with an ounce of compassion can feel anything but horrified at the actions of these sort of people. I must confess, since I heard the news at 9:30 last night I haven't been able to get the sound of this Clash song out of my head:
London calling to the faraway towns
Now war is declared - and battle come down
London calling to the underworld
Come out of the cupboard,you boys and girls
London calling to the imitation zone
Forget it, brother, you can go at it alone
London calling the zombies of death
Quit holding out - and draw another breath
London calling - and I don't wanna shout

A Londoner offers this insight:
Anybody who tells you these bombers are fighting for the rights of Muslims in Iraq, occupied Palestine or Chechnya should look at the places they chose to bomb. Aldgate? The poorest and most Muslim part of the country. Edgware Road? The centre of Muslim and Arab life in London and, arguably, Europe.

Does anybody need greater evidence that these Islamic fundamentalists despise Muslims who choose to live in free societies, and they would enslave Muslims everywhere if they were given the opportunity? Nor is this tit-for-tat revenge for deaths in Iraq: very similar jihadist plots have been foiled in France and Germany, countries that opposed the invasion. Anybody who doubted that the fight against Islamic fundamentalism – a murderous totalitarian ideology – was always our fight should know better now.

Update: I just ran across this charming exchange between two Fox News personnel:
KILMEADE: I think that works to our advantage, in the Western world's advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened.

VARNEY: It puts the Number 1 issue right back on the front burner right at the point where all these world leaders are meeting. It takes global warming off the front burner. It takes African aid off the front burner. It sticks terrorism and the fight on the war on terror, right up front all over again.


Yes, this was on air.


  • Hooray for Fox News. Bigotry, stupidity and flag-waving Americanism (and dare I say the three may even be synonymous?), all neatly packaged and presented as fact.

    By Anonymous John, at 2:26 AM  

  • Luckily, it seems that they've been proven wrong. Whilst not on a parity with the coverage of the bombings, G8 has still featured in an almost as prominent position for most media outlets.

    The spin put on the outcome of the summit by all of the leaders participating has shown that they understand how important it is to ensure that the Fox scenario doesn't become reality.

    Once again, just as when that dear Fox news reporter urged the US military to nuke Tora Bora during the Afghan War, no one important is listening. Thankfully.

    By Blogger Freeworldnik, at 1:48 AM  

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