July 8, 2005
[editor’s note: this post was “pasted” in — it appeared originally at the old Dawson’s Danube site, which is archived here.]
Well the London massacre didn’t digest any better after a night of sleep. Waking up after a sleep that follows a major event is always a bit weird. Every morning when you wake up you have those few seconds of returning to lucidity: “What day? Friday. Work today? Yes. Can sleep longer? No.” But on the mornings after horrible events, this gets tacked on: “What’s this weighing down on me? Oh yeah, yesterday.”
I’ve been perusing blogs, of course, though I should be in the shower. Alan Adamson sent me an e-mail that he linked to my “Least Favorite Quotes” entry, so I stopped by “Silly Little Country” and was quickly reminded of something I already knew: that Alan was in the UK on holiday after staying for a bit in Austria. Go read his entries from yesterday because it’s always interesting to read the thoughts of a “foreign observer” who finds himself quite accidentally near the center of a major event.
Alan reports on British pluckiness, but also on the inevitable signs of what I would characterize as at least a mild dhimmitude:
I am disappointed at the morning Times, which has included the compulsory page on how Islam is a religion of peace (when what we are going through is the sorting out of the question whether it can become such a religion), though one finds across the fold a chilling portrayal of some of the dysfunctional edges of London’s generally amazing multiculturalism.
I was thinking this morning of starting a new blog entry that I would update throughout the day. Its purpose would have been to note at different times during the day whether the Guardian has yet put up the inevitable article or opinion piece that firmly places the root causes of the bombing on British involvement in Iraq. Tariq Ali saved me the trouble:
And all this happened despite the various Prevention of Terrorism Acts passed by the Commons.
The bombers who targeted London yesterday are anonymous. It is assumed that those who carried out these attacks are linked to al-Qaida. We simply do not know. Al-Qaida is not the only terrorist group in existence. It has rivals within the Muslim diaspora. But it is safe to assume that the cause of these bombs is the unstinting support given by New Labour and its prime minister to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.
One of the arguments deployed by Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, when he appealed to Tony Blair not to support the war in Iraq was prescient: “An assault on Iraq will inflame world opinion and jeopardise security and peace everywhere. London, as one of the major world cities, has a great deal to lose from war and a lot to gain from peace, international cooperation and global stability.”
Most Londoners (as the rest of the country) were opposed to the Iraq war. Tragically, they have suffered the blow and paid the price for the re-election of Blair and a continuation of the war.
Ever since 9/11, I have been arguing that the “war against terror” is immoral and counterproductive.
et cetera ad infinitum
Time to go to work.