Nile Gardiner, Ph.D., and John Hulsman, Ph.D., have produced a bombastic bit of Heritage hackery-flackery about the London Bombings (via Kevin Drum). Their feckless posturing would actually be comical, if the subject weren't so tragic.
By striking London, al Qaeda hoped to achieve a three-pronged propaganda success. First, it planned to disrupt the Group of 8 (G-8) meeting, a symbol of the most powerful Western leaders in the world. As is already clear, that aim has failed. Second, it hopes for the ‘Spanish effect,’ to alienate the British public from its government, as was so successful in Madrid. Here, too, the terrorists are bound to fail, for they have underestimated the strength and resolve of the British people.Given your insight into motive and plan guys, could you maybe come up with names and addresses of the perps?
...when the chips are down the U.S. and UK, like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, come out shooting together.I guess they must think they have some constituency with which this crap resonates. Oh! Never mind. Bring it on! Dead or alive! Or maybe if we ever get around to it.
Prime Minister Tony Blair is no Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero.I got to give you a win on points there. If Blair is analogous with anyone, it might be with Zapatero's predecessor, Jose Maria Aznar, who got tossed out after lying about who did the Madrid bombings.
...Special forces operations, strategic air strikes, and the targeted elimination of terrorist leaders must all be on the table...Good plan - could we start with Osama bin Laden - remember him?
Make no mistake, this is an epic war between civilization and the barbaric forces that wish its destruction.Boom! Boom! Boom! Beat those drums of bombast! Too bad everything you say is a crock of shit.
The terrorists’ fatal conceit is similar to that of the Kaiser, Hitler, and Stalin: underestimating the power and determination of the Anglo-Saxon peoples.I think the Kaiser was Saxon, wasn't he? And Hitler was another German. I think they may have overestimated those Saxons and other Germans. What a lame-brain, preposterous analogy.
So when should we invade France? Now or wait till after the Tour?
The most notable feature of this article is its total inanity. At no point is there any realistic consideration of how this terrorism was carried out or what might be done to prevent future attacks. Just close your eyes and repeat very loudly "war of Civilization."