The IRA announces that it renounces terrorism, resumes disarmament, and ends its 36-year war. I wonder whether any of them were at least embarrassed for finding themselves in the same moral boat as the fanatic Islamic death squads terrorizing London.
Posts about Terrorism
Egyptian bloggers — a new and already vibrant community — have organized a candlelight vigil for the victims of the Sharm El Sheikh terrorists.
I’m fairly fanatic about transparency in news and government: They should share what they know when they know it. But when it comes to security and terrorism, of course, the rules are different. And I think ABC probably went over the line when it aired pictures of the London terrorists’ bombs and the damage they caused over the strong objections of British authorities. What was the public good that was served? How was seeing the bombs more important than catching the bombers?
Yesterday, when I came down to the PATH station, I saw cops performing their random searches. I wasn’t picked. But I walked up to a couple of them and said, “I don’t know whether you’re getting crap for doing this but I’m glad you are.” They nodded thanks.
Well, it turns out, they’re not getting crap. They’re getting volunteers.
There’s nothing like a terrorist attack on your nation and your way of life to bring out a bit of defiant pride, that is patriotism. I was never one to raise the flag but it still flies outside my home (though I will confess to wearing it less often on my lapel). In Britain, where Marc Danziger is visiting, he is seeing British patriotism rise. He reads a bracing set of articles in The Telegraph and quotes in full a stirring list of 10 principles the paper says British believe, including this one:
The English-speaking world. The atrocities of September 11, 2001, were not simply an attack on a foreign nation; they were an attack on the anglosphere – on all of us who believe in freedom, justice and the rule of law.
Marc has lots of links from the Telegraph and then picks out this oddly insulting and inappropriate quote from a New York Times correspondent there:
So what do foreign correspondents think of the British?
Sarah Lyall, of The New York Times, says: “It used to be about the stiff upper lip, cream teas and cricket, but all that changed after Princess Diana died. The British don’t have an obvious set of values now other than their knack for self-depreciation.”
I’m going to bet that Ms. Lyall, seeing that in context of the stories, is cringing. Or I certainly hope she is.
(And editors worry about reporters blogging and saying inappropriate things…. when all they have to do is talk to other reporters.)
Jane Fonda is setting out across the country in a vegetable-oil-fueled bus — honest — to protest the war in Iraq.
Anybody want to take a bus tour to protest the murders of innocents by terrorists in Iraq, Great Britain, Spain, Egypt….?
Global Voice has links to reports of an Egyptian bloggers’ protest of the murder there. A year or so ago, I could not find any blogging scene there. Now, these people are making their voices heard.