Do I hear gloating? Sad to say, but yes, I’m pretty sure that’s what I hear. The wild, wild Left is full-swing into their “I told you so agenda” before the bodies are even cold. Those Islamic terrorists are canny – hit the weak links with bloodshed and the terror will spread like a virus to the smaller nations. They already succeeded in Spain, with very little effort. They must have imagined that the Lefties in England would start running at full tilt away from the war in Iraq. They weren’t wrong.
In Britain, George Galloway surrenders and urges others to do likewise:
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.
The Socialist Worker Party, never one to miss an opportunity to promote their agenda:
London is a centre of peace, the most multiracial city in Europe and a global centre of opposition to the war and occupation of Iraq and Afghanistan. A majority of those killed and wounded will have opposed the war in Iraq; some will have joined the huge marches for peace.
The British government cannot avoid its responsibility for these terrible attacks, which are a consequence of its support for war and occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan. The best way to ensure that there are no more such terrible attacks is for British troops to be withdrawn from there immediately.
You can read the drivel in its entirety here, but don’t bother trying to find any mention of big, bad terrorists. There is no such thing, apparently – it’s all us. And you certainly won’t see one single word about finding and punishing those responsible. Not one…single…word.
In Canada, next on the list of “Crusader countries”, the National Democratic Party (read: Socialist) leader Jack Layton, is worried:
I join with Prime Minister Blair, Prime Minister Martin and the other G-8 leaders in strongly condemning these acts of terrorism. We will not allow it to undermine Canadian society, our institutions or our beliefs in democracy, human rights, tolerance, and equality. Indeed, we must go forward today with greater determination to build a world that embraces these ideals.
As evidence of that resolve, I urge the leaders gathered in Gleneagles to press on with their stated agenda to address global climate change and to meeting our commitments to fight global poverty.
Once more, our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families.”
To that thundering denouncement, Angry GWN points out: “Too bad he didn’t mention hunting down and killing terrorists wherever they are hiding as part of the “resolve”. Nope, a bunch of bureaucrat-enviromentalists burbling on about the ozone layer is what is going to show these terrorists we mean business. Oh, and more subsidized housing.”
Wow – what a terrifying retaliation. This is why the phrase “Royal Canadian Army” is usually followed by a question mark – “the what?”. Hardly intimidating.
Canadian Barry Stagg says:
Proper outrage at these terrorists attacks seems to be one typical reaction. However, an atypical, but still too plentiful, attitude oozes from somewhere, taking the position that unctuous neutrality towards these demonic nihilists is the only progressive position to take.
George Bush is right on terrorism. The liberal cultural apologists of the Noam Chomsky school of hyper-civility are wrong and plainly are victims of their own close-eyed introspection.
Malcolm Muggeridge said that the defining inanity of Western liberals was that they perpetually took the position that our enemies are always right and we are always wrong. In 2001, the same was true and today we can look for more such nonsense.
Sounds like the Canadian Lefties and the American Lefties call each other up to decide what to wear. “I’ll wear my yellow dress, if you wear your suit with the yellow stripe.” The play book of the Left (anyone’ s Left) demands that America is the villian – no exceptions. Yet the contortions of their logic know no bounds when such rhetoric requires that the world just roll over for the terrorists. How they can justify giving the terrorists what they want, is beyond my ability to imagine. Have these people never read a history book in their lives ?! They must not realize that al Qaeda, who perpetrated this attack today – could really care less about the people in Iraq, but care a great deal about exercising the power of fear over Europe. The nominal leader in Europe is Britain. If the terrorists can push them around, the rest of the continent will fold like French couture. Can anyone recall WWII? Anyone?
In light of the act of war that London suffered today – and make no mistake, it IS an Act of War – they will need to keep in mind the hard-won lessons of their own history: appeasement NEVER works.
In 991 in order to fend off the Danes, Aethelred 2, King of England paid them 10,000 pounds (weight) in silver. Three years later they demanded another payment to maintain the peace. This time it was 16,000 pounds of silver. In 1002 they demanded 24,000 pounds of silver. This was equivalent to two years of gross national product. In 1006 the Danes returned and demanded 36,000 pounds of silver. This last payment of danegeld finally convinced King Aethelred to fight back and he built large ships in Sandwich to combat the Viking longboats. However, his ships were defeated. The lesson here is that if you appease, in the end you have to fight anyway. If he had spent the money from the beginning on arms he would have had more money for ships and the Danes would have less money for ships and the outcome might have been very different.
In 1938 the English proved they learned nothing from the consequences of appeasing the Danes. Conservative Prime Minister Chamberlain of England gave Czechoslovakia an ultimatum. Either they turn over the Sudetenland to the Germans or England would not come to their aid against a German invasion. This was a violation of the alliance England had made with Czechoslovakia. The Czechs gave up the valuable defenses of the Sudetenland to Hitler. Chamberlain came back to England calling his accomplishments “Peace in our Time”.
The peaceniks rejoiced. The following is a paragraph from an editorial written at the time:
Be glad in your hearts. Give thanks to your God. People of Britain, your children are safe. Your husbands and your sons will not march to war. Peace is a victory for all mankind. And now let us go back to our own affairs. We have had enough of those menaces, conjured up from the Continent to confuse us.
Shortly afterwards Hitler invaded Czechoslovakia which succumbed quickly. Not long after, Germany attacked Britain and bombed London. The Germans caused a lot more devastation as a result of the appeasement policies of Neville Chamberlain.
No one ever won a war by running away from, or acquiescing to the enemy – in fact, that’s the big clue that you’ve LOST. War is primal, beastly, and non-negotiable. Priggish statements about the icky violence, and oozing sympathy for the victims gets us nowhere! The only thing these terrorists understand is death and destruction – we won’t win until we deal out more than they. Sorry, yellow-bellied Lefties, that’s the way of war. Ugly and terrible, but the only way. That’s why you need to stand back and let real Churchillian Men and Women take over – leaders with the resolve to do a dirty job and do it well.
I sure hope there’s some Scottish steel in the collective British backbone – they’re gonna need it. Because from here on out, they’re playing with the big boys, and all the Chamberlain-esque emoting in the world won’t help.
I stand by the Londoners in this tragedy, just as they did with us on 9/11. But take it from us, there’s only one thing to do from this point on:
RETALIATE! Swift, hard, and unrelenting! RETALIATE!
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