Thursday, April 9, 2009
War On Terror Continues In England
The Obama administration has stopped referring to the "war on terror" in the United States. But it's alive and well in England, though the circumstances prompting the latest action against suspected terrorists are a bit of an embarrassment.
A dozen suspected terrorists have been rounded up in England. But the hand of authorities was forced when a counter-terrorism police official exited his car outside of 10 Downing Street for a meeting, a secret document about the terrorist organization in hand - and in open view.
Photographers snapped images of the official carrying the documents. Prompting a move on the terrorists before they could escape the now-revealed dragnet.
Unfortunately, the incident is prompting more discussion about the officer's blunder, which some are trying to turn into political hay, than the terrorist threat itself. It is the latter, rather than the former that deserves our attention.
Last year the British government issued a warning about an increased threat to the homeland - not necessarily from expatriated citizens of other nations - but by British subjects. But the bulk of those arrested in this operation are not British nationals, but Pakistanis there on student visas.
Regardless, anyone who thinks there no longer are terrorists bent on bringing down Western governments, is sadly mistaken. There may be political reasons why the Obama administration is downplaying the war on terrorism. But rest assured, like in the UK, here in the United States the threat, and the war, continues.
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