I have been feeling rather British over the past few days. My heart goes out to the people of London after the unspeakable barbarism unleashed upon them by the arhabi scum. My brother and sister-in-law were just there on vacation, luckily returning to the USA just before the bombings. The Brits continue to be America's greatest and most consistent ally. Watching the coverage on CNN, I was thinking two things. First, I was glad to be here, as I'll be damned if I'm going to give this country back to the arhabi as a training base. Second, I wondered how long it was going to be before the Iraq war was named as the cause of the bombing. Unfortunately, I did not have to wait very long. The press is all over the idea that by fighting terrorists, we have offended them so badly that they attack us. WHAT!?! Zarqawi was here before we were. There is an old terrorist training camp about 20 miles south of my location right now. It is no longer functioning because we are here. It was bustling with activity when Saddam was in charge. Most of the guys that we hunt are the Al Qaeda affiliates - the same kind of scum that hit New York and now London. As America rallied after 9/11, the British "stiff upper lip" is showing itself proudly.
Christopher Hitchens, whom I disagree with 90% of the time, understands the issue of terrorism like very few in his political camp do. His latest is spot on. Hat tip: Hugh Hewitt. I also enjoyed reading about how he dismantled Ron "Daddy's Coat tails" Reagan on the air during his MSNBC show. Bravo Mr. Hitchens.
Meanwhile, we carry on our piece of the fight here. We continue to make progress, slowly but surely. We make mistakes sometimes, but they are few. We don't bomb infrastructure. We build it. More Iraqis are coming forward to report the arhabi among them every day. This is going to be a long war, and it will involve much more than just Iraq. No one said it would be easy.