When I heard this yesterday I thought archly to myself something along the line of"Blimey. Worse than the Cold War? Things must be bad. Planes being driven into our every nuclear powerstation, I would imagine (pity that the decision has already been made that nuclear is the 'fuel of a future')". And then today we hear of this morning's disrupted terrorist plot to blow up planes mid-flight from the UK to the US - perhaps it was just a start, a call to arms, a practice run for the nukes? That said, you could still do a terrible amount of damage to a city like London with a plane heavily-laden with fuel.
According to Reid yesterday, "sometimes we may have to modify some of our own freedoms in the short term in order to prevent their misuse and abuse by those who oppose our fundamental values and would destroy all of our freedoms in the modern world."
That of course won't work - its just doing the terrorist's job for them - causing terror. Its not about "opposition to our fundamental values" and "destroying all of our freedoms in the modern world". It's people radicalised by opposition to our foreign policy, which is brutal either by its action or by its complicity. It's kind of like we oppose their fundamental values and want to destroy all of their freedoms, opposition through bombing and through occupation.
Let's face it, sometimes it looks like freedom = capitalism, and democracy = globalisation.
But I could be wrong. Reid says about people like me that "they just don't get it." And perhaps its true that Bush and Blair and those steering them have taken it too far - we've reached the fabled "tipping point". Well, at least they've got the Rapture to look forward to.
But as for the rest, it looks like we're all doomed. And with the UK facing increased terrorist threat, the only thing to do - arrest the people responsible.
Blair and his co-conspirators please step forward.
(Starbuck steps unsteadily off his political soapbox)
Further to the second paragraph, since this was composed earlier this morning the extent of the planned bombings has become more clear, with waves of 3 planes hit at a time being planned.
Despite the fundamental stupidity, ignorance, and religion-inspired callousness of the terrorists (I won't call them "evildoers" as there's no such thing as "evil", just "stupidity and selfishness"), and however much this will harden the attitudes amongst the reactionary right and those under their influence, the truth remains that our foreign policy is responsible for allowing such hatred and ignorance to fester.
I can't help but think about the question that Stephen Hawking was recently unable to answer: "In a world that is in chaos politically, socially and environmentally, how can the human race sustain another 100 years?".