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Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Blair shocked 'bombers' were British

CNN.com:

Prime Minister Tony Blair has expressed his shock that the four men believed to have carried out last week's deadly terrorist attacks on London's transit system were British nationals. But speaking to parliament on Wednesday, Blair also urged Britons to react calmly to the bombings that killed at least 52 people, and he condemned attacks against Muslims. 'Particularly with the shock of knowing that those that have perpetrated this were actually born and brought up in this country, I think it is particularly important we recognize the worldwide dimension of this,' Blair said.
I hope that this is a rhetorical expression and the fact that the bombers were British citizens did not actually shock Tony Blair. I would hate to think that he is that clueless about the Islamists in Britain and the failure of Britain to assimilate young Muslims. Britain has been the command and control for Jihad in Europe for some time, although it was previously not targetted itself. I certainly knew this, and my initial thoughts on the London Bombing was that it was probably British citizens who did it. I would hope that Tony Blair has at least that much knowledge. As an aside, the title of this post is the headline of the CNN article. What is up with the scare quotes?

2 Comments:

Blogger RFTR said...

The scare quotes are used by CNN because they have no problem calling them terrorists. The BBC (their source on this), however, prefers the term "bomber."

7/14/2005 08:37:00 AM  
Blogger Greg said...

good point, brian. Did you know the BBC still refuses to refer to palestinian terrorists-at least those belonging to certain groups who practice more restraint(which in itself is an oxymoron) as "terrorists". Seems like the fifth column has long been in our midst.

7/14/2005 09:36:00 AM  

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