It's not Iraq!
For those of us who think that only George Bush and his minions possess the awesome ability to reiterate a blatant lie in the face of incontrovertible facts, I present to you the tap-dancing wonder-boy from across the pond.
Here's what we have by way of evidence. A Brit intelligence document that clearly states, "Events in Iraq are continuing to act as motivation and a focus of a range of terrorist related activity in the U.K." The assessment of a well-respected think-tank, Chatham House, that there is "no doubt" that British participation in the Iraq war has increased the threat of terrorism against Britain.
Foreign Secretary Jack Straw, at first "astonished" by such outlandish claims, soon recovered by Monday to issue this statement in Brussels: "The time for excuses for terrorism are over. The terrorists have struck across the world in countries aligned with the United States, backing the war in Iraq and in countries which had nothing whatever to do with the war in Iraq."
Umm, guess who picked up the tune halfway across the world: "I think that people who think that terrorists pick and choose discriminately don't understand how it works. ... I would say that people who think they can make a separate peace with terrorists will find that it's very dangerous. It's a little like feeding an alligator hoping it eats you last."
Ah, Donald Rumsfeld, adding a signature dash of color to this song of denial from Australia. But as Joshua Holland points out in his blog today, none of this refutes Bin Laden's point: there's a reason they didn't attack Sweden.