Thursday, July 07, 2005
What is the correct response to a declaration of war?
This is in a country where half the population does not want to acknowledge that the Jihadi's have been declaring war against them every day for the last ten years. They finally get a declaration of war that cannot be ignored and Blair half way ignores it, issuing a call for "justice" that could suggest the attacks might be treated as a mere crime rather than as an act of war. Unless a country is planning immediate surrender (like Spain), declaration of a state of war would seem to be the necessary response to an act of war. A state of denial is not a firm enough response.
Bush issued his declaration of war when he mounted the ruins of the trade center, put his arm around a fireman, and announced by bullhorn: "the People who knocked these buildings down will hear from all of us soon."
Blair is to much of a Brit not to drop the other shoe.