If it’s not love, then it’s the bomb that will bring us together…

Terror plot hatched in British hospitals: “A suspected secret cell of foreign militants, believed to be linked to al-Qa’ida and using British hospitals as cover, are being questioned over the terrorist attacks in London and Glasgow. Five of the eight people under arrest last night are said to be doctors. Another of those detained is the wife of one of the doctors, who is a medical assistant working for the NHS. The home of a sixth doctor is said to have been searched by police.”

A thousand points to the first person to find a rightwinger using this as an argument against socialized healthcare.

In all seriousness, it’s very creepy to consider that terrorist attacks were being coordinated by those who are meant to first do no harm. (I’ll note that the families of some of the suspects are registering complete shock regarding their loved ones’ involvement. To be expected, I guess.) In their typical British way, though, the Brits are getting on with life. They’re far less concerned about the halfwit incompetents who didn’t manage to successfully blow up anything than are the rightwing hysterics on this side of the pond. Naturally.

[Post title from The Smiths’ Ask.]

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14 responses to “If it’s not love, then it’s the bomb that will bring us together…

  1. When in doubt, there’s always the Free Republic. I know–it hurts to wade into the comments, but they’re all over it, including HRC and Michael Moore bashing.

  2. Melissa McEwan

    1,000 points to Brian!

  3. Also, Liss, you need to send Brian a hazmat suit. I imagine he isn’t too fond of the brutal scrub-down showers one needs after visiting Freeperville.

    Reading your comment about the Brits “getting on with it”, I’m reminded of a 90-something (yes) retired London nurse (trained in the battlefield during WWII) who, upon hearing the breaking news that there had been deadly explosions in the Underground (subway) last July, said she fed the cat, loaded up her van–her van–with first-aid supplies, and drove down to the nearest disaster site to offer assistance and comfort.

    The reporter, kind of stunned that this elderly lady was so tough and seemingly unaffected, asked “Weren’t you frightened? Weren’t you upset, though?” And she said, “Well, of course one is going to be upset by this sort of thing, but people need help, so one must get on with it.. She didn’t go tsk, tsk, but she might just as well have…

    In her words, I heard the voices of various grandparents and relatives, and it made me all misty with pride, I’ll admit.

  4. I’d imagine after WWII, the train bombings weren’t even a gnat bite.

  5. Constant Comment

    I’d imagine after WWII, the train bombings weren’t even a gnat bite.

    And don’t forget more recent terrorist bombings, courtesy of the IRA.

    The really scary thing about the number of doctors involved, other than what Shakes mentioned, is how much more complicated the situation might be when you can’t only pin it on poor, disaffected, jobless Muslim youths. We’re talkin’ MAJOR disconnect.

  6. Erin M

    I’ve kinda wondered how this has been playing at home. My sources of info have been German news (who, other than reporting that it happened, haven’t had much to say that I can tell) and BBC World who, though understandably spending a bit more time on it, are still taking it pretty well. High point of the weekend: watching the BBC anchor stick it to Kip Hawley over civil liberties and terror alerts. His answers seemed, how can I say it, half-hearted, at best.

  7. Well, Wimbledon is on, live, as I speak.

    Getting on with it may be the British way, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t all sorts of stuff going on behind the scenes at Scotland Yard. The police work here, from what I’ve gathered so far, was excellent and admirable and may well have saved lives.

  8. Erin M

    The police work here, from what I’ve gathered so far, was excellent and admirable and may well have saved lives.

    Would that we could learn some things from across the pond. (Not saying that the US police are or are not doing a good job. But it would be nice to acknowledge that that’s the way we’re going to be able to get on with it, rather than the usual bullshit response we get out of the regime/media.)

  9. Melissa McEwan

    it would be nice to acknowledge that that’s the way we’re going to be able to get on with it

    Which is yet another reason to not let Giuliani get his dirty, rotten hands on the presidency (as if we needed one), since just last week he was bitching that Clinton “treated the [1993] World Trade Center bombing as a criminal act instead of a terrorist attack.”

  10. Paging Doctor Jihad. Love a good Michael Moore smear too.

  11. Paen

    Once again the wing nuts are finding terrorists under their beds.But at least they aren’t blaming terrorism on the gays feminists and witchs this week.

  12. katie t

    I know the points have already been given away, but I just found this article over on Think Progress. Forehead-smacktacular!

  13. Pingback: How Sad Are Rightwingers? at Shakesville

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