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Sunday, July 01, 2007

Are Terrorists Targeting Gordon Brown?

If you happen to live in a cave, then you need to know that four BIG news stories have taken place in Britain in the last week: Tony Blair handed the Prime Ministership to Gordon Brown on Wednesday, two terrorist-linked car bombs were found in London Friday, a terrorist drove a flaming car into the Glagow airport Saturday, and the Spice Girls got back together on Thursday.

Omitting the Spice Girls, I would make the case that all of those events are connected. I find it hard to believe that the Islamonazis behind the two bomb attempts did not deliberately launch their attacks in the first week of Brown's premiership. A similar strategy was used in the 4/11 bombings in Spain, which were timed to coincide with that country's general elections and resulted in victory for anti-American Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero - who then pulled all Spanish troops out of Iraq. Mr. Brown, who is less cozy with the US than his predecessor, did not need an election to take power, but the idea is the same: Bomb the country just as a new leftist leader takes power and spook him into pulling out of the Global War on Terror.

Maybe this is all a coincidence; but as this tactic has been used by Al Qaeda before, I would bet good money that it is not. The world should watch Gordon Brown very closely as he reacts to these attacks, because my guess is that the jihadis will base their future strategy on his actions. If they succeed in spooking the new prime minister, then the U.S. should be prepared for attempted attacks immediately before or after the 2008 election (before if the anti-war party is trailing in the polls).

So, congratulations Mr. Brown - the terrorists have just placed the future of Western civilization in your hands....Please don't screw it up.

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At Sun Jul 01, 03:36:00 PM MDT, Blogger JB said...

First off, I wouldn't rule out the Spice Girls as part of a terrorist plot.

I think you might be on to something with this theory, but if this is what the terrorists are thinking, there's a flaw in their logic. Making Brown look ineffective means undermining confidence in a leader far less committed to the war on terrorism than his major opponent, David Cameron. If Brits learn over the next few months that Brown cannot be trusted to provide adequate security, the Tories will be in with a very good chance in the next election, which would be a much worse situation for al-Qaeda.

The flip side of your theory - the idea that terrorist attacks might constitute an attempt to sway an election - may also be correct. There are rumblings of a possible election in the UK in the near future, and Blair is trailing Cameron in some polls. However, although I think attacks of this sort might prod the US populace into voting for a non-interventionist administration, my feeling is that the UK will go the opposite way. Most Brits still remember what appeasement did last time.

Of course, there is another possibility: it could be that Brown has nothing to do with these attacks. Remember, London police foiled a major terrorist plot last summer, and the 7/7 transit bombings were the summer before that. Perhaps terrorists just like going to London in July.

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