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Measuring tragedy

Even though the headline is way over the top and self-defeating -- "Britain had it coming" -- this Phillip Adams op-ed in The Australian does make an important point: the kind of terrorist attacks that were a national tragedy in Britain are part of daily life in Iraq.


Unlike those humdrum bombings in Baghdad, the slaughter in London was big news. And let's be clear about it: the people who died in the subway tunnels and on the bus were victims of the Iraq war. They died because of Blair's London Bridge, the one he built from the Thames to the Euphrates.
Adams also employs a handy new phrase "the new political correctness of conservatism," which he defines as the idea "that it's uncouth to link terrorist attacks in London, Madrid or possibly Sydney with the chaos unleashed in Iraq." [Via RealPolitics.com]

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