Friday, June 29, 2007

Welcome to Downing Street

Gordon Brown is on the job all of 48 hours and wakes up to this.

Earlier Friday, police said they thwarted an apparent terror attack near Piccadilly Circus, after finding a car loaded with gas cylinders, nails and a detonator after an ambulance crew reported seeing smoke coming from the vehicle.

The explosives were powerful enough to have caused “significant injury or loss of life” — possibly killing hundreds in an area famed for its nightlife, British anti-terror police chief Peter Clarke said.

"Apparent" meaning "It may just have been an innocent need for gas cylinders, nails, and a detonator among the flourishing Freelance Construction community near Picadilly."

A British security official told The Associated Press, ... on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the information, [that] Britain’s domestic spy agency MI5 also would examine possible connections between the bomb attempt and at least two similar foiled plots — including a planned attack on a West End nightclub in 2004 and a thwarted attempt to use limousines packed with gas canisters to attack targets in London and New York.

Hey, did you say New York, the York that happens to be over in our country, the country that seems determined to fail to patrol and defend its southern border? That New York that was already attacked once?

Prime Minister Gordon Brown, who took office on Wednesday, said the foiled bombing was a reminder that Britain faces a serious and continuous threat of terrorist attacks and that people should be alert.

“I will stress to the Cabinet that the vigilance must be maintained over the next few days,” Brown said.

Mr. Prime Minister, sir, the quote is "eternal vigilance is the price of freedom." A few days' vigilance is the price of impending slavery. It would be nice if the West would quit hitting the snooze button on the War and fight to win, instead.

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