Fox News’ Brian Kilmeade Sees Advantage to London Attacks
And he [British Prime Minister Tony Blair] made the statement, clearly shaken, but clearly determined. This is his second address in the last hour. First to the people of London, and now at the G8 summit, where their topic Number 1 –believe it or not– was global warming, the second was African aid. And that was the first time since 9-11 when they should know, and they do know now, that terrorism should be Number 1. But it’s important for them all to be together. I think that works to our advantage, in the Western world’s advantage, for people to experience something like this together, just 500 miles from where the attacks have happened. [emphasis in original]
Some sample quotes:
- Duncan “Atrios” Black: “Fox News. Who else?”
Steve Soto: “…a sickening display of how the right wing corporate media talking points are ready to go…”
Susan Madrak: “Despicable.”
I’m not all that familiar with Kilmeade’s work and didn’t see the interview, so I don’t have any context beyond the (somewhat longer) exchange between Kilmeade and Stuart Varney captured by Media Matters. Still, the remarks appear rather innocuous.
I don’t read him as saying, “Woohoo! It sure is fortunate all those people got killed!” Rather, he’s saying something that is almost universally true: Being attacked by one’s enemies often unites a country. The London Blitz had that affect. So did the 9-11 attacks.
Further, one would hope this would indeed unite the West. The bitterness of the Iraq War has undeniably strained relations between longstanding allies such as the United States, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany. I haven’t seen the reactions in the French or German press yet, but I’m willing to bet that they’re quite sympathetic to London.
As much as these four major powers disagree with one another on matters of public policy, we share a common Western heritage. Whatever our differences–and they’re far from trivial–they pale in comparison with the chasm between the democratic West and the Islamist terrorists. Tragic as this morning’s attacks were, they serve as a bitter reminder of that fact.
Every cloud has its silver lining. One may recognize that and still prefer sunshine.