Terrorism and the British understatement in a time of war

A few days before the attacks in London, the U.S. Justice Department filed a motion with the nation’s high court to lift a lower court’s injunction blocking President Trump’s executive order banning travelers from hotbeds of Islamic terror entering the U.S.

Islamist jihadists attack London.

WASHINGTON, June 4, 2017 — Less than 24 hours after jihadists attacked Londoners and tourists alike, killing 7 and wounding 50, the New York Times said we American colonists should emulate the nation famous for its understatement.

British Prime Minister Theresa May.

“These moments encapsulated something about Britain’s calm, defiant response to the threat of terror,” wrote Rossalyn Warren in the New York Times, “Even as we face an increasing number of attacks, we are learning to cope with grief, loss and violence in our own way.”

What exemplifies this understatement?

Observations from President and Mrs. Trump’s world tour

It goes something like this: The British Prime Minister goes before the press, calls the events “a cowardly act of violence,” speaks for all Islam by declaring said acts a violation of its religious tenants and boldly declares that those behind the killings will “face justice.”

But doesn’t that all sound familiar?

What Western nation struck by Islamic terror hasn’t seen the same response from its head of state, the press and the transmitters of popular culture in entertainment?

It’s all been very, very familiar and very, very understated.

At no time does that leader, in a moment of profound reflection, say how immigration policies played a significant role in the long, sorry chain of terrorist events that have plagued the Western World.

This implies that we should simply accept the carnage as part of a new normal.

President Donald Trump.

But there is at least one world leader who is less than, well, understated in his response to terror.

“We need to stop being politically correct and get down to the business of security for our people,” President Donald Trump tweeted, “if we don’t get smart it will only get worse… We need the courts to give us back our rights. We need the Travel Ban as an extra level of safety.”

Western response to terror in Manchester is typical


Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Flores said, “We have asked the Supreme Court to hear this important case and are confident that President Trump’s executive order is well within his lawful authority to keep the Nation safe and protect our communities from terrorism. The President is not required to admit people from countries that sponsor or shelter terrorists, until he determines that they can be properly vetted and do not pose a security risk to the United States.”

That is a refreshing departure by an “America First” administration that is unapologetically clear and resolute.

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