Assumption of Command

07 July 2005

I have a lot of respect for the Brits

Yesterday, terrorist tried to intimidate London by bombing their mass transportation. This will not work. basil says:
Somebody set off some bombs. And killed some folks. By the time you read this, perhaps the culprits will be known. Perhaps not. But you know what? It doesn't matter much. Because bombing London isn't an effective way of waging a war.

Hitler tried it. And failed. Oh, he bombed the hell out of London. Killed lots of folks. Destroyed lots of property. Affected lots of lives. And the British survived it.

The British are survivors. And fighters. Oh, now they'd rather not fight a war. No one in their right mind would want to fight a war. But, when they have to fight, they kick ass. Nearly kicked ours twice.

Speaking of which, aren't they the only nation we ever beat that didn't need us to go in and rebuild? You know why that is? They are survivors. And they'll survive this.
I can't say it much better than that. What Prime Minister Blair Said is still ringing in my ears
When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed. When they try to divide our people or weaken our resolve, we will not be divided and our resolve will hold firm. We will show, by our spirit and dignity, and by our quiet but true strength that there is in the British people, that our values will long outlast theirs. The purpose of terrorism is just that, it is to terrorise people, and we will not be terrorised.
The Brits are strong people.

I stand with them, just as they have stood with us.