Jonah Goldberg: Ah, if only those bombs had gone off in Britain
June 29, 2007 by William K. Wolfrum
The National Review’s Jonah Goldberg, waxing poetically about what could have been:
If that bomb had gone off in London, killing dozens or hundreds, British life might have moved in a remarkably different direction (though the Brits are pretty good — or bad, if you know what I mean — at shrugging off these sorts of things).
Ah, what might have been, eh, Jonah?
Anyway, the irony is that from a policy standpoint, it seems to me that security officials have to view things like the failed London bombing as basically no different than a successful bombing. But because the bombing failed, the policy options to security officials are far narrower precisely because the bombing failed and therefore didn’t rouse the sort of political reaction it might otherwise have.
They always sound so depressed when these things don’t happen as they not-so-secretly wish.
Because the only people who want to see terrorist carnage more than Islamic fundamentalist terrorists, are neocons and their fans.