jase wrote:Ultimately, the reason London was hit yesterday specifically, was that 1500 London police officers were in Scotland protecting 8 jerks at a golf club.
I doubt that would've prevented it.
Blaming world leaders for everything is much like Europeans unfairly placing blame for everything bad on the EU. It's an easy scapegoat.
This was a flippant remark which was not intended to be read in the way it seems to have been.
But there are going to be very serious questions asked of Blair in the coming weeks. Why, when there have been eight thwarted attempts to do something similar to what happened yesterday, and with the G8 summit just around the corner which Blair was warned would be a time of a heightened risk to the capital, does the British government not only take manpower away from the capital, but also actually reduce the risk assessment level?
As for the EU, you are right in what you say. The reason the EU is in the state it is in is precisely because the individual states won't pull together, they're all in it for themselves.
A case in point, directly related to G8: Bush has said on record that he is willing to end all farming subsidies if the EU bloc does the same -- this is one of the key exacerbating factors of the continuing problems Africa experiences, that of unfair trade with Western countries. Good point for Bush.
However, Jacques Chirac categorically refuses to even consider changes to the Common Agricultural Policy which will allow this to happen, selfishly putting the wishes of his own powerful farming lobby ahead of international concerns. And the three other European leaders at the G8 are too weak to force France's hand, preferring to engage in petty squabbles about which country pays what.
This means that any progress made at the G8 summit is severely diluted due to lack of political will on the part of at least four of the eight.