Yeah, but we had 9/11!

Not only did Bush fly straight home after the G8 summit (though he was just a commuter flight away from London), not only did our Marines website make a big show of standing "with our British brothers and sisters" while ordering military personnel and their families to avoid London, but, writes James Wolcott: "To me, the greatest insult to the British and their losses was delivered today, all the more insulting because it was thoughtless and unintentional.

I was watching the news of the two minutes of silence held for the victims of the London bombings, a silent vigil held not just in London but across Europe.


"Britain's Queen Elizabeth stood in silence at Buckingham Palace. In London's Trafalgar Square, a giant banner declared 'One City, One World.'
"Taxis and buses pulled over, workers left their offices to stand in the street and financial markets paused to remember the dead.
In Italy, government offices, railway stations and airports paused while television stations cut into normal broadcasting to honour the London dead.
"In Paris, President Jacques Chirac's annual Bastille day television address was put back so the French could mark the moment. Chirac stood silent on the steps of the Elysee Palace.
"Has the United States or even simply Washington, DC held a silent moment for the victims of the London bombings? Has any national gesture of solidarity been proposed?

If so, I haven't seen or heard of it. We're just going about our business while insisting that the world perpetually acknowledge our scars and trauma from September 11th as our justification to wage whatever aggressive action we deem necessary to ensure it never happens again.

For months, we've been hearing and reading that Brits no longer discriminate between average Americans and the policies of our government--that the reelection of Bush has made them hold us in something of the same contempt they hold him. Well, they have good reason, and we keep furnishing them with better reasons all the time." (James Wolcott)

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