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◆ UPDATE ON London Terror (from the BBC). Police
- Know the attackers’ identities,
- Have detained a “number of people” after searches in East London, on top of 12 people arrested Sunday in Barking
- Report 21 people are still in critical condition.
With three attacks in three months, terrorism against soft targets is beginning to feel, to some people, like the new normal.
The brutal reality is that this kind of threat is absolutely typical of what jihadists sought to achieve in all their attacks across Europe.
Since 2013 security services in the UK have foiled 18 plots. A large proportion of those have involved suspects who set out to commit acts of violence similar to the attacks on Westminster Bridge and London Bridge.
Plans to use bombs, such as at Manchester Arena, are rarer because plotters need to have the technical skills for such an appalling attack – but attacking people with cars and knives is far easier and has long been encouraged by so-called Islamic State and other jihadists. –BBC
Comment: The number of potential jihadis in England is beyond the authorities’ ability to track. The number of soft targets is beyond their ability to protect.
That means hard political choices are coming, not just in England but across Europe to staunch this threat.
The public simply will not accept this as the “new normal.”
◆ Dividends from Trump-Saudi talks to contain terror
The Kingdom, UAE, Egypt, and Bahrain cut diplomatic ties with Qatar for its constant support of terrorism. CNN reports Bahrain’s tough statement:
Based on the insistence of the State of Qatar to continue to destabilize the security and stability of the Kingdom of Bahrain, to interfere in its affairs, to continue the escalation and incitement of the media, and supporting armed terrorist activities, and financing groups associated with Iran to subvert and spread chaos in Bahrain in flagrant violation of all agreements and the principles of international law without regard to values, law, morals, consideration of the principles of good neighborliness, or commitment to the constants of Gulf relations, and the denial of all previous commitments. –CNN
Since the US has a major base in Qatar, there are direct implications for the US. As CBS headlines it: Major U.S. military ops based in Gulf nations in throes of deep diplomatic rift
- The cooperation between Saudi Arabia and Egypt is noteworthy; they have been grumpy with each other recently.
- CNN’s story fails to mention Trump or the major meeting during his visit that launched this initiative.
◆ Since we are talking about CNN’s bias: They were just caught staging a “news event” to fit their narrative.
They even had the white British police officers leave the frame; they were replaced with Asian officers.
Comment: If CNN fakes the news, how will airport passengers know what is happening?
◆ One of those lovely stories about private generosity: 70 years ago, a man (now aged 98) bought $1,000 worth of Walgreens stock. Now, it’s worth $2 million, and, since he doesn’t have a family, he’s giving all of it to his favorite charity: the Illinois Audubon Society. (Fox 32 story here)
◆ Top Dem on Senate Intel Committee, Mark Warner (D-VA), says “no smoking gun” on Trump-Russia. He quickly adds “at this point” (The Hill)
He did say that Trump telling Comey to “let it go” would be “very concerning,” if Comey confirmed it.
Comment: If there is hard evidence the Trump campaign really did cheat to throw the election, let’s see it. If there is none, let’s get back to governing the country.
◆ New chancellor at U. of Missouri says diversity on campus must include “diversity of thought” (Heat Street)
Comment: The university’s enrollment plummeted, along with its finances, after 2015 demonstrations by Black Lives Matter, threats against student reporters (“get some muscle over here”), and a spineless administration that couldn’t roll over fast enough. Now, they have a new leader on campus with a different idea.
The question is whether he can implement it and withstand the pushback.