London, Again

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Well, 30 + injured about 6 dead, it’s been done again, in London, this time. Well, we’ll pray for them all, the dead, the injured, and yes, our British cousins, in general. It’s what one does when one can’t do much else. This may be the saddest Tweet I’ve ever read, One should never see such a warning about one of the most civilized cities in the world, but we know it could easily have been New York, or Omaha, or a thousand others both here and there.

Thursday the British will vote in the General Election, they will be voting for their Member of Parliament, who will choose the next (or the same) Prime Minister. It’s considerably different from our system, but like ours, it has defended freedom for a long time.

Terrorism raises major and fundamental problems for a free society. How much of our freedom should we give up to our intelligence agencies who may well need that information to defeat this type of threat, but it is still none of the government’s business what you do and say, within very broad guidelines. All solutions are imperfect, I don’t have the answer if there is one, neither does President Trump, or Prime Minister May, or anybody else. The solution rests, I suspect, on the other half of our rights of freedom, our duty to defend it. Pay attention, and act as a responsible person would. That is your duty. And duty is a much-underused word, and yes, concept, in our countries these days.

That also lends point to why we, and Britain, all countries who are, or aspire to be, free must control their borders. There are very strict limits to the constraints we can impose on our citizenry, and very rightly so. But we can control who enters the country, and we must. This is a most insidious form of supporting terrorism, but support it is.

And I was quite impressed with the Metropolitan Police last night, both in the way they flooded the zone, and in the fact that within eight minutes of the attack kicking off, the perpetrators were assuming room temperature, and that in a country where the average cop is not armed. Heck, it would be good in any of the heavily armed US cities. Well done, guys and girls. They have also been doing a pretty good job of letting people know what is going on.

Donald Trump Tweeted this last night:

That’s nearly all any of us can do, at this point, but we are here, as always.

Soon, it will be time for free people to find a way to remove this scourge, and we will be there then, as well. For truly, as Burke wrote…

When bad men combine, the good must associate; else they will fall one by one,

an unpitied sacrifice in a contemptible struggle.

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13 Responses to London, Again

  1. the unit says:

    If you can’t run, or hide, or tell, throw chairs and tables is what you can do. ??? Got time for that, imagine if armed with firearm.

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    • NEO says:

      My thoughts, exactly. Good man with a gun brings it to a knife fight, to mix quotations a bit. But, you know then the Brits would be brought down to be like us poor colonials. 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah, deplorables even. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          Yessir! 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          Years ago when I first read the English Bill of Rights, I don’t remember that the right to bear arms was subject the specific laws by the Parliament. Now when I go to read that it does have that there. So bear your arms to throw chairs and tables. Huh?

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        • NEO says:

          Yep, it’s there, as long as you’re a protestant, which to be fair, was reasonable at the time. Yep, better stay in shape, guns are a lot easier for us old type folks. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          In shape. If I wear my pants low enough, my chest is above my belt. 🙂

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        • NEO says:

          How well I understand, and sadly agree! 🙂

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  2. the unit says:

    So who do they interview and decide is the best terrorist attack response?
    http://www.news.com.au/world/europe/fantastic-defiant-response-from-man-caught-up-in-london-attacks/news-story/1cd67b271713787d769b6c612da2405e

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    • NEO says:

      No clue. But he sounds like a pretty cool dude. This, however, bothers me, ” Londoner do their best and I’m confident they will step up.” What’s this ‘they’ crap, how about you, buddy? Londoners are a good bunch though! 🙂

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      • the unit says:

        Yeah well, but how low were his pants while looking for handsome men during the attack. Can’t run with them down around ankles. 🙂

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        • the unit says:

          And if the terrorists win, he’ll be back hiding in his closet and won’t be tell’en. 🙂

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