From the Guardian:
A former head of MI5 today describes the response to the September 11 2001 attacks on the US as a “huge overreaction” and says the invasion of Iraq influenced young men in Britain who turned to terrorism.
In an interview with the Guardian, Stella Rimington calls al-Qaida’s attack on the US “another terrorist incident” but not qualitatively different from any others.
“That’s not how it struck me. I suppose I’d lived with terrorist events for a good part of my working life and this was as far as I was concerned another one,” she says.
This kind of statement is nothing new. The Brits (and the Guardian) have been saying this kind of thing for years.
Although some blame Britain’s decline on multiculturalism and the Left, the Conservatives and Labour both support the British government’s efforts to cash in on the Islamic banking bubble. Catering to the demands of Saudi and Emirate princes is part of that deal.
The British government has also been making an effort to kiss up to the Russians (and, by default, to Russia’s allies in Iran). Vlad “polonium 210” Putin has been bullying the British government for years, and the British government has been reacting the way they usually do – with craven appeasement.
The Russians effectively won this little war over British Petroleum.
Most of the anti-Americanism in Europe can be traced to Euro-British efforts to appease oil producers and wealthy Gulf-state troglodytes. The French, the Russians and the Germans can also never forgive us for attacking their best friend in the Middle East, Saddam Hussein.
One British commenter noted this about the American election:
The UK politicians Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat are praying that Obama wins because then the US will pull out of Iraq and Afganistan and also have an appeasment policy towards Jihadists within the US and be strongly pro-Palestine. The US will become less internationalist.
The British are also as we say ‘sweating cobbs’ (a form of round and processed coal or a very hard bread roll) that if McCain gets in then the UK will have a choice either have the embarrassment of publically splitting with the US in relation to the US’s War on Terror, rumblings are that this is because some high value British business contracts in the Middle East hang on the ability of the UK to pull out of Iraq.
Well, both parties have an appeasement policy towards Jihadists. John Kerry wasn’t the one hugging and kissing Saudi King Abdullah in Crawford. But the idea is that if Obama is elected, the Brits can continue to pretend to be allied with us. If McCain is elected, they’ll have to be more upfront about their true alliances.
Either way, the British people are still stuck with their Hobson’s choice. If they don’t start standing up to their government, if they don’t use what still remains of their democracy and their freedom of speech to tell Brown et. all that they’re mad as hell and not going to take it any more, then they can say goodbye to their way of life. And their pubs.