Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Some Pertinent Links

In a long and interesting post that develops some similar themes to those I discussed in "George Galloway and Friend", Arthur Chrenkoff points out that London mayor Ken Livingstone - "for all the praise he's been getting for his Churchillian rhetoric" - seems likewise to suggest that the London bombers merely erred in their choice of targets.

On July 17th, barely two weeks after the London bombings, Tariq Ramadan - who on occasion has almost brought himself to condemn terrorist acts, but virtually always has "comprehension" for their motives - is scheduled to talk at the Islamic Cultural Center in London. Most astonishingly of all, the Metropolitan Police and the Association of Chief Police Officers is partially footing the bill. The Times of London has the story here. Hat tip EURSOC!

Also on EURSOC, see the details of the latest whine by Paris mayor Bertrand Delanoë over London's successful Olympic bid. As the headline in yesterday's Le Figaro puts it, "Delanoë Accuses Blair of Having Cheated" - and this just four days after the London bombings. Delanoë - whose most famous accomplishment to date is to have had sand deposited on the banks of the Seine and called them a "beach" - is sometimes mentioned as a possible Socialist candidate for the French presidency. He is clearly able to rival the current holder of that office in tactlessness - but that quality may have something to do with why the current holder will not likely be running again in 2007...