August 10th, 2006

war

Words are important

My thoughts today on who's saying what about the disruption of a terrorist plot in London can be found over here. An excerpt:

To the extent that terrorist acts are being prevented or pre-empted, worldwide, it is thanks to the work of law enforcement, and the cooperation of law enforcement agencies internationally. Plots have been disrupted in a number of European countries, who are not at war with anyone, as well as in Canada, in addition to (one presumes) the US. But the rhetoric you will hear from the US talking heads, starting with heads of government agencies and the head of government himself, will quickly turn the conversation away from the effectiveness of law enforcement and back to the concept of “war.” [Edit: Sure enough, the commander-in-chief lost no time in getting in front of TV cameras to declare that this event reminds us that we are at "war" with "Islamic fascists."] But it was not an act of war that disrupted these terrorists. No armies, navies, marines, bombs, explosives, commandos even, were involved. It was good police work.

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