In One Eye

Monday, July 18, 2005
 
Under the umbrella of no sh*t, Sherlock:
Britain's involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to the terrorist attacks in London, a respected independent thinktank on foreign affairs, the Chatham House organisation, says today.

According to the body, which includes leading academics and former civil servants among its members, the key problem in the UK for preventing terrorism is that the country is "riding as a pillion passenger with the United States in the war against terror".
Needless to say the British poodles are falling all over themselves in refuting this.
[British] foreign secretary, Jack Straw, today dismissed ... suggestions that Britain's involvement in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan contributed to the terrorist attacks in London on July 7 ...

"I'm astonished that Chatham House is now saying that we should not have stood shoulder to shoulder with our long-standing allies in the United States," Mr Straw told reporters before chairing an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels.
Sure sounds a lot like the lame excuses the Bushies offer for this fiasco in that Straw doesn't really respond to the report. Rather, he makes it an alliance issue while completely ignoring the foolishness of the policy.

It's hardly consoling to see that this kind of red herring response is employed on the other side of the Atlantic as well as in the US. (By the way, the word of the day is "pillion.")