Tuesday, May 15, 2007

Peacetime, Wartime. Whatever.

There are all kinds of people in this world and all of them can be divided into dichotomies, false or otherwise. In the Friday, May 11, 2007, print edition of USA Today on page 10A, Jeffrey Stinson's generally fair profile of Tony Blair's term as Prime Minister of Great Britain appears. This paragraph appears right about in the middle:
"Blair saw Britain through tragedy and triumph. He comforted a mournful nation after the death of Princess Diana in 1997. He stood defiant as British support for involvement in Iraq waned and when four terrorist suicide bombers killed 52 people in 2005 in the worst peacetime attack in London's history. On Tuesday, he saw a shared government between once-warring Protestants and Catholics restored in Northern Ireland -- long a Blair goal."*
There are two kinds of people in this world. There are those who read that paragraph and breeze right by the line "worst peacetime attack in London's history" without a second thought. And then there are those who are brought to a screeching halt by the line. Count me in the latter category. The Jihadist bombing in London in 2005 was an act of war committed by war criminals during wartime. We were not at peace in 2005 and we are not at peace now.


* You'll have to take my word for the quote from Stinson's story. USA Today has already archived the story on its website and charges a fee to view it online. Not gonna happen.

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