Friday, July 08, 2005

The Guardian: the voice of appeasement in Britain

During the 2003 war in Iraq, I was scouring numerous websites across the world for the best information on the war. Day after day, the website that consistently had the best, the most detailed, the most comprehensive coverage was the UK's The Guardian--a hard left newpaper that makes the New York Times look like the National Review.

Now on the day after the terrorist attacks in London, The Guardian is true to form. The news coverage is superb. I haven't read every page of every British newspaper today--but I've read a lot, and once again The Guardian's reporters seem to be the best of the bunch.

But then there is the editorial page. Here--and quite inadvertently--it becomes clear that the real issue is appeasement. The left-wing British Muslim Tariq Ali writes: "But it is safe to assume that the cause of these bombs is the unstinting support given by New Labour and its prime minister to the US wars in Afghanistan and Iraq." Note his words carefully--not Iraq alone, but Iraq AND Afghanistan.

Exactly. Contrary to the delusions of some, the millions who took to the streets in Europe in protest in 2003 were against the war in Iraq AND Afghanistan. They were not marching for peace: they wanted a full scale program of appeasement in the face of Islamic terror.

Tariq Ali again: "Ever since 9/11, I have been arguing that the 'war against terror' is immoral and counterproductive. It sanctions the use of state terror - bombing raids, torture, countless civilian deaths in Afghanistan and Iraq - against Islamo-anarchists whose numbers are small, but whose reach is deadly".

Again: exactly. For these Islamofascists, the American decision to go to war in Afghanistan was immoral. The totalitarian torture-state run by the Taliban means nothing to Tariq Ali--and he is a "moderate" British Muslim. Only a complete Western surrender to the forces of terrorism will appease him and the professional terrorists who are even more extreme than he.

More: "The real solution lies in immediately ending the occupation of Iraq, Afghanistan and Palestine."

So: the liberation of Afghanistan and the institution of democracy is for Tariq Ali an "occupation" that needs to be ended immediately.

Nor can Tariq Ali be marginalized as a solitary voice. The Al-Qaeda group that claimed responsibility for the bombing declared: “The time of revenge against the Zionist crusader British Government has come. This is in response to the butchery that Great Britain is committing in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

And Afghanistan.

Too many Westerners--particularly in the US--are simply living in a dream world. For them, the war in Afghanistan was a brave and necessary retaliation; while Iraq was not. In Iraq they are ready to cut and run, and yesterday's bombing was a clarion-call for appeasement, a proof of the failure of Western policy.

A dream world. The bombing of London was not a response to Iraq, and appeasement in Iraq would not have prevented it. It is a part of the terrorist campaign to destroy the West, and it would have come regardless of Iraq, regardless of Afghanistan--the terrorists and their "moderate" sympathizers say so themselves.

It's time to face the truth and get to work.


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