The men who blame Britain:
The opening line frames the gist of the article:
"Critics of Tony Blair's policy in Iraq and Afghanistan claimed yesterday that Britain must share some of the responsibility for the Underground and bus bombings in London."
Once again it is the victim's fault. We wouldn't accept that on a smaller scale, say a rape case where the defense claims that because she was scantily -clad she deserved to be raped. It's nonsense on that level and nonsense on the international level.
Nobody forced them to attack the subway. It was a choice of freewill. They and they alone are responsible for that action. To bomb or not to bomb...
Take note in the thinking of the terrorist's apologists in this article that the islamic killing machine is a given, an inevitability, and the only way to keep it from killing is submitting to it.
So this whole blame the British argument is founded on incorrect thinking and a severe case of it at that. However, the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, helps us look for deeper meaning in this fallacious line of thought:
"Ken Livingstone, the mayor of London, suggested that decades of western intervention in the Middle East and the Iraq war could have influenced the bombers. 'I suspect the real problem was that we funded these people as long as they were killing Russians. We gave no thought to the fact that when they stopped killing Russians they might start killing us.'"
Nor have you given any thought to the elephant in the room... the fact that the only constant is that these people are killing in either case; the only difference being the victime du jour. Could it be that defending against their aggrssion is making them angrier ?
Prime Minister Blair sums up their blame game strategy:
Mr Blair used a press conference with Hamid Karzai, the Afghan president, at No 10 for separate talks, to dismiss the suggestions that Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan had provoked the attacks.
Of course these terrorists will use Iraq as an excuse," he said. "But let's be clear: if it wasn't that, it would be something else and nothing, but nothing, justifies what they are doing.