I‘ve been trying to come up with something to say on this since I first learned about it this morning. I’ve decided I don’t have anything new or insightful. This is just another data point for the theses I’ve believed since 9/11. We are at war with an extensive Islamofascist terrorist network. They want to kill us, and they will do so if and when they can. We should take steps to prevent them from killing us, ideally by killing them first and then draining the swamps of totalitarianism and kleptocracy that give them support.

Great Britain stood with us after 9/11; we will stand with them now. Here’s hoping they decide to follow the spirit of Winston Churchill and not that of Neville Chamberlain.

Anne adds:

The thing I found interesting in looking at still pictures of Blair’s speech was that Bush looks intent (like he’s actually paying attention), and Chirac looks bored (like “Mon dieu, how early can I leave and not have it look bad?”)

Then again, Chirac seems to have quite the tin ear for appearances, so maybe he won’t wait too long before saying something incredibly gauche (such a useful French word, that).

2 Responses to “Non-Remarks On The London Bombings”
  1. April says:

    I was applauding Tony Blair’s speech this morning on Today. He came across as a great leader. Then I noticed Chirac standing beside him like a comrade in arms, and got furious all over again. Now that it’s been brought to France’s back yard, they are all eager to help out. But when Americans got slaughtered by the thousands, that bunch of surrender monkeys shrugged and went “eh”.

  2. Kyle Haight says:

    I think you’re giving the French too much credit. A day after 9/11 they were still giving us symbolic support. That Le Monde cover proclaiming that “We are all Americans now” was 9/12. That Chirac stands with Blair on the day of the attack means nothing. Wait a week and see if the British go on the offensive. If they do, I bet Chirac drops them like a hot potato.

    Blair’s speech sounded good to me too; then I went back and reread some excerpts from Winston Churchill’s wartime speeches. Blair has a long way to go before he’s a world-class war leader, at least in terms of rhetoric.

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