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July 19, 2005

British Terrorism Threat Level Reduced After June Report

"[A]t present there is not a group with both the current intent and the capability to attack the U.K."

It's interesting that Blair is taking a lot of the same hits Bush did after 9-11, but now on an expedited schedule, as the left knows how to make these attacks based on previous experience.

Questions have been raised, for example, why domestic intelligence agents did not determine that Mohammad Sidique Khan, one of the four bombers, was a threat to national security in 2004. Early last year, Britain investigated him in connection with the alleged plot to build the fertilizer bomb and use it in London, according to several European-based counterterrorism officials. British officials have refused to confirm whether Mr. Khan, 22, of Leeds, was a suspect in that investigation, or answer questions about why they did not monitor his activities.

Actually, that's a very fair question. And some on the left ask, from time to time, fair questions. But... there's always this hyperpartisan animus wagging the tail of the dog. And gross inconsistency-- the anti-war-on-terror-contingent, the "Fictitious Threat" crowd, spends 355 days of the year yammering the the government is hyping the terrorist threat for political advantage, and then, after an actual attack, spends the last ten days arguing the government isn't taking the threat of terrorism seriously enough.

Conservative critics are always arguing that Bush/Blair/everyone aren't taking this threat seriously enough. That's consistency, and that's a genuine principled critique.

But the "There is no threat/You didn't do enough to thwart the threat" crowd... no wonder they're ignored. They just make no sense. and are like maladjusted fourteen year olds just sniping at everything.

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