Friday, July 08, 2005

Attack was 100% certainty

In an Opinion piece in The Economist
London under attack
Jul 7th 2005
From The Economist print edition
After the joy of winning the Olympics, evil came swiftly

there was this para:

As soon as the atrocities of New York, Washington, DC, and Pennsylvania took place on September 11th 2001, London was assumed to be at risk of attack. That was so both because of its status as an international financial centre, an epitome of the West and its capitalist ways, and because Britain has long been a close ally of the United States, enemy number one for al-Qaeda and its terrorist associates. That likelihood only grew following Britain's participation in the invasion of Iraq in 2003, and then the terrible bombing in Madrid on March 11th 2004. In recent years every senior British policeman, intelligence chief or home secretary you cared to ask about the probability of a terrorist attack gave a similar answer: 100%.

And what are the chances of a repeat in some other part of Britain? In my mind, so long as Blair continues his "values" policy: 100%

The conclusions of this Opinion piece in The Economist are, however, deeply flawed.


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