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"We're All Brits Now"

From over at the BullMoose Blog:

"This morning's terrorist attack in London reminds us of the evil that continues to confront civilized people. In the past year, our politics has largely returned to a pre-9/11 banality. Stories of shark attacks, missing persons and celebrity trials have begun to dominate our attention. This event was a bracing return to reality.

The London explosions are a horrible reminder that we are at war with an insidious force that seeks appeasement from free people. That was the clear intent of last year's train attack in Madrid. However, Tony Blair is a leader who will not capitulate. He is a model of progressive resolve. All Americans, and particularly progressives, must stand with him and the people he leads.

This is a time that should force our own leaders to acquire perspective. Whatever partisan differences we have between us, our nation continues to face a terrorist threat. Our fiscal priorities must reflect that reality - homeland security remains inadequate and the military is stretched to the limit. This is the true crisis that demands our primary attention.

The fight against terrorism is this generation's "1776". Paradoxically, though, perhaps a public display of the Union Jack in America is in order."
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7/07/2005 12:16:00 PM

When I watched the scenes on TV this morning of places I spent many hours growing up, I was reminded of all the signs at the time on the Tube warning about suspicious packages due to the very real threat of IRA bombs.

I then thought about how it was that the IRA came to stop their active bombing campaign in the UK. It was thanks to a careful combination of being resolute and addressing grievences, not bombing Belfast or Dublin.

I wonder what we should do now?    



7/07/2005 02:58:00 PM

A very good point and a very good question... Send on what good thinking you find and I'd be happy to post it...    



7/07/2005 05:34:00 PM

We must resist violence on all sides. Extremism is wrong, be it Christian, Jewish, Muslim, or atheist. We need to teach our leaders the same thing we teach our kids -hopefully ;)- that violence is never the answer.

We must address the Palestinian issue. It is so similar to the Irish one it's spooky. It's just that that this time the US is on the other side. It's not a fight to be won, it's a problem to be solved.

Finally we must fight against poverty with the the same energy that we are willing to fight for oil.    



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