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London Gets Attacked, Liberals Play the Blame Game

The attacks in London were not Bush and Blair’s fault

In the recent London bombings, most Britons and Americans turned their thoughts to the victims and their families. Many liberals, however, immediately turned their thoughts to the blame game.

Within hours of the first reports from London, leftist commentators and bloggers were attacking President Bush and Prime Minister Tony Blair–blaming them for the bombings.

Under the pseudonym WilliamPitt, a writer at the blog Democratic Underground says, “Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair bear the responsibility.” A headline on Salon.com shrieks, “Blowback from Bush and Blair’s incompetently pursued war on terror has hit London.” And,on the very day of the bombings, leading liberal blogger Markos Moulitsas said on his blog Daily Kos, “Bush (and Blair) took their eyes off the prize. … There are consequences to the mess in Iraq. And today, we’re seeing one of them.”

The left’s attempt to blame Bush and Blair for terrorism is so transparently wrong as to be absurd. Let’s be clear. The only people who bear responsibility for the grotesque attack on London are the blood thirsty killers who were behind it. They have made their pact with the devil and committed themselves to evil and death. Their campaign of murder will not end until they rid the world of all of us, or until we rid the world of them. Terrorists are the proper targets for anger and vengeance, not those attempting to eradicate them.

The left’s attack on Bush and Blair springs from the worst kind of self-deception. The terrorists would still be using any means at their disposal to try and kill us whether we had responded to 9/11 with troops in Afghanistan or impotent cruise missile strikes. And whether or not the United State, United Kingdom and our allies had gone into Iraq, the terrorists would be recruiting new killers, training them and sending them to kill us. As the official report from the 9/11 Commission put it, “Claiming that America had declared war against God and his messenger, [the terrorists] called for the murder of any American, anywhere on earth, as the ‘individual duty for every Muslim who can do it in any country in which it is possible to do it.’”

But the liberals pretend that if we would only do nothing and leave the terrorists alone, then the killers would leave us alone, and we could all, to paraphrase Merle Haggard, be eating rainbow stew together. Hedging their bets, however, the liberals suggest that the President bring home all of the troops from Iraq and Afghanistan and post them to guard New York subway entrances. (Seriously, that’s what they said.)

All of their pleasant fiction conjures the question: What color is the sky in their world?

Bush and Blair can be held responsible for many things. They are, after all, the principal leaders of two great nations in a time of war. One can fairly question their judgment and even their candor. But to argue that they are to blame for the tragic deaths of more than 50 innocent Londoners is careless and foolish. Even more unfortunate is the liberals’ obvious political motivation. Rather than mourning the dead, comforting the wounded and targeting the culprits, the left would prefer to vent its hatred of Bush and Blair for daring to have the courage to stand up and fight.

In some ways, those who publish their pronouncements in the public domain are best judged by what they don’t say. For the liberals trying to use the London tragedy for their own political advantage, it’s time to take that axiom to heart and practice a little silence of their own.

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Mr. Manson is a vice president at Edelman, a global public relations firm. In his spare time, he blogs at On Tap. Contact him at marshall.manson@gmail.com.

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