July 7th, 2005

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They thought...

They thought that attacking the United States on 9/11 would plunge the country into despair and fear, would keep us out of the middle east and out of their jihad against the Western world.

They were wrong.

They thought that attacking Spain on 3/11 would change that country's policy and, ultimately, their presence in Iraq.

They were right.

They thought that attacking England on 7/7 would cow the Brits into pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan. They thought it would serve as a warning to Italy and Denmark to do the same.

Time will tell.
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From Power Line (http://www.powerlineblog.com)

I expected some grief, at least as much as there was when Lady Di died. And grief I got. I interviewed three very ordinary, normal teenaged English Muslims, one with short spiky hair (dressed not unlike my 10 year-old-dude). All three seem to be parroting Muslim talking points. "The bombings were a conspiracy by Blair to generate support for the war," they recited in a charming British accent.

The bombers were quite indiscriminate. Edgware is not far from the heart of Little Beirut, a Muslim ethnic neighborhood.

A young British black woman told me, "The bombings are Tony Blair's fault - they killed a 100 thousand Iraqis - and it's like a boomerang [coming back at the British]." Most everyone I talked to believed that the British caused the bombing or had it coming.

Of the dozen or so people I interviewed only white males in business attire expressed surprise that anyone would think the British were at fault in anyway. But these gentlemen were the minority. Most felt that the Brits were complicit. The people at London's ground zero were sounding like the "wobbly" Spanish after their train bombings.

The day is a cloudy, cold, rainy 7.7.
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