Mother of Parliaments
December 3, 2015 8 Comments
Yesterday, 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.