Thursday, July 07, 2005

The Law of Unintended Consequences

So far, my favorite quote regarding today's al-Qaeda attacks on London is from London-based Europhobia:

“I tell you what, if this is an “Islamic” terrorist attack,
they’re doing a piss-poor job. The pubs are all packed out, people
sipping their pints happily, all a tad pissed off, but basically fine
with it. Nice one, Al Quaeda - you profess to be from a teetotal
religion, and you’ve given the pub trade a massive mid-week boost.”

Not only that, but they've also given the Brits a reason to continue participating in and supporting the USA in the war on Terror. Nice job guys.

(HT: Tim Blair)


The BBC reports another "unintended consequence" of the London attacks:
Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has said he has no plans to withdraw Japanese forces from Iraq, after a series of bombings in London.

The attacks and Japan's operation in Iraq "should not be directly linked", Mr. Koizumi said...

...South Korea, with Japan a key Asian member of the US-led coalition with troops in Iraq, said the London bombings were "cruel and inhumane crimes".

"Our government declares an intention once again to work actively together with the international community to root out terrorism," it said in a statement, the AFP news agency reported.