Mother of Parliaments

Hilary-BennYesterday, I spent a good part of the day watching the British debate on air strikes in Syria, it was a fascinating exercise. We get so used to the petty squabbling and personal attacks in Congress that we tend to say, “That’s as good as it gets.”

But it’s not, the debate yesterday was intelligent, heartfelt, passionate, reasonable, thoughtful, and persuasive. Even Alex Salmond of SNP had some good points. But there was one highlight that really stuck out. Hillary Benn, the Shadow foreign Secretary in the Labor party, gave an extraordinary speech in favor of the Tory government’s proposal to go into Syria, and being seemingly a plain-spoken man, he called ISIS what they are, Fascists, as he reiterated Labor’s record of opposing fascism, Our Democrats could use that lesson. Here it is

Best speech I’ve heard in years, most likely since either Reagan or Thatcher, just extraordinary.

That doesn’t mean that he, they, or us, don’t need a better plan than simply air strikes, it simply means that it is a start.

Meantime a bit about San Bernadino. Given that the one name was Syed Farook, most of us are going to assume what is was, and likely we’re right. But it’s a strange one as John Hinderaker of PowerLine noted

But it is a strange incident: why the Inland Regional Center? And the terrorist group, two men and a woman, may be consistent with a Muslim terror ring, but until now, haven’t female terrorists–suicide bombers or knife attackers, pretty much always–acted alone? Is there precedent for mixed gender Islamic terrorist teams? Maybe there is, but I can’t think of one.

* This case reportedly was broken because of a “tip.” That tip sent police officers to an address in Redlands where, shortly thereafter, the SUV that was being sought turned up. That led to the chase that culminated in the shootout between police and terrorists. Where did the tip come from? Maybe it was just a concerned citizen. Or else–this is pure speculation–maybe one or more of the perpetrators was already under some sort of surveillance as a potential terrorist. Maybe the tip came from the FBI or another law enforcement agency. Maybe there were actually a number of tips–the addresses of suspected terror sympathizers in the area–and this is the one that panned out.

More at the source, here: Thoughts on the San Bernardino Murders

I’d guess the tip did come from the FBI or similar, this has what I think are the characteristics of a blown operation, if so, wherever they were going was spared a much worse experience than this was, bad as it was.

Well, we started this post with an exceptional speech, relevant to the matter at hand, we’ll end it by noting that Obama before he could possibly know jack about it was cantering about on his favorite hobbyhorse, gun control. Too bad Hillary Benn isn’t president.


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8 Responses to Mother of Parliaments

  1. Yes, this was Terrorism, the only question is homegrown or otherwise? And it is radicalized Muslims and Islam for sure! I am only about 15 miles or so being in the OC, maybe less? Wake-up America and especially Democrats!

    And the British better get in the game before its too late! Speech’s be damned, it time to roll!

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    • NEO says:

      They’re rolling, or at least the first air strike in Syrian territory went in last night. Looked good on the film.

      What you can be glad you missed was the Beeb’s coverage of San Bernardino. almost worse than ours..


      • Surely PC is going to be the death of the West, and here the Brits are gone right now! Good verses evil, do we have eyes to see it, and guts to stand against it?

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        • NEO says:

          I think we have the eyes to see, but the words to express are mostly suppressed. PC may well be the death of us.


        • Yes, if we have eyes to see, then why not words to express our sight? The issue always returns to morals and values, and the PC crowd are simply on the wrong side here! What we believe must affect our hearts and minds, and GOD does have a side, i.e. the true Judeo-Christian God, again Jesus/Yeshua was and still is the Jewish Messiah! We call HIM King of Kings and Lord of Lords!


        • All of us, everyone of us… Our greatest confrontation will be before Jesus Christ! For believers we call this the Bema-Seat of Christ! And all others… “clouds they are without water, carried about of winds, corrupt trees and without fruit, twice dead, and plucked up by the roots. They are the raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame: they are wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever.” (Jude 12-13) Yes, lots of metaphors, even mixed ones, but metaphors always express the reality of something very true! And all man/persons were made for eternity! But, have we lost our eternity since the adamic fall? And if so, then only in Jesus Christ, Lord of Life and Death, will we receive eternal life! All others, lose their souls without Christ!

          *Yes us Christian preachers must preach Christ! 🙂


  2. the unit says:

    Call it MOAP. We had MOAB developed down the road, heard some noise back then. Well air offensive could be more effective if Mother’s hands were not tied behind her back.

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    • NEO says:

      Indeed so, bringing back ~75% of the bombs doesn’t accomplish much.


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