I’ll confess, I thought it was going to be a lot closer than it turned out to be. Lets look at why.
Category: United States
Yesterday, the European Council on Foreign Relations, the first Pan-European think-tank, released details of its European Foreign Policy Scorecard 2012. It offers an overview of how EU member states dealt with Foreign Policy issues in 2011, and tells us who the leaders and slackers were on each issue. As a Blogger/Journalist, I was offered an advance copy, but under embargo. But the embargo is now lifted, and I can release my analysis of the Scorecard.
Bearing a British passport, I’m interested in how the UK fares under scrutiny…
By the way, this post was featured on Liberal Democrat Voice’s Top of the Blogs: The Golden Dozen! My first, and thanks very much to Helen Duffett for including it, and Alisdair Calder McGregor for recommending me.
Ten years ago today, 19 Islamist extremists from the terrorist group Al-Qaeda hijacked four planes in the United States.
United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the South Tower 17 minutes later.
Half an hour later, American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon.
United Airlines Flight 93 rebelled against the hijackers. It crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A total of 2,977 people, excluding the 19 hijackers, died in the New York, Arlington and Shakesville attacks that day.
It marked the day when the world changed. It marked the day when enemies revealed themselves. It marked the day we realised what we had blindly stumbled into. It marked the day when the nature of war changed. It marked the day when the nature of terrorism changed. It marked the day when the nature of foreign policy, of the international community, of life itself, changed. An entire generation felt their mortality, and would never view the world in the same way again. It marked a struggle for cultural dominance, and for civil rights. It marked a rise in extremism. It marked a changing point in history.
“It is not Tea Party people who are the “terrorists.” A terrorist seeks to destroy. Who is the real destroyer in the debt-ceiling debate? Who wants to continue spending money we don’t have, borrowing it from nations like China that would be happy to destroy us if our politicians don’t do it first? Tea Party people simply want to make their government accountable again and for this they are called “terrorists”?”
This is a quote from Cal Thomas, a pundit and commentator writing in the Washington Examiner, returning fire (yes, the violent metaphor continues) over reports that Vice President Joe Biden refered to the Tea Party wing of the Republicans as “terrorists”. This was in reference to them seemingly holding the country hostage, by refusing any compromise over the recent debt deal crisis, even if it meant the United States defaulting on her loans for the first time ever.
But terrorists do not destroy. Terrorists instil fear. In many ways, it was out of fear of the irreparable damage that could have been done to their country’s reputation by the Tea Party’s action that they relented, and accepted a hard-line right-wing debt compromise… despite being the party of the President. The Tea Partiers refused to accept any position but their own. This was a terrorist attitude to take.
I would also highly recommend his original blog post – it’s a typical diatribe of small-government fanatics, rabidly raging against any form of state, not merely that it spends.
Tea Party members do not wish to make government accountable – they want to destroy government. Much like our own Conservatives, here in the UK… but more on that later.
Politicians do not take some sort of vindictive glee in taking money from the wealthy in the form of taxes, and using it to help the poor. They do it because it is right. And now, with the Western world in economic crisis , we need it more than ever…
Looking onto the Libyan crisis now, we have seen a constant toing and froing of the front line between the army, controlled by the embattled Muammar Gaddafi, and the rebel forces, controlled by the unrecognized National Transitional Council or NTC.
But wait! That IS one major change since the last time I posted about Libya. The NTC, or Interim National Council, or Libyan National Council, is now recognised as a/the representative of the Libyan people by 29 countries.