I know some of you think that the notion of an Al Qaeda threat to the West
is a hokey fantasy of the Bushies. Maybe you'll believe the head of MI5,
the British Security Service, when he asserts that there are at least 4,000
people involved in terrorism-related activities in Britain. The report of
Jonathan Evans' remarks to the Society of Editors was reported in Tuesday's
Washington Post by Kevin Sullivan.
The Post quotes Evans: "Terrorist attacks we have seen against the U.K. are
not simply random plots by disparate and fragmented groups....The majority
of these attacks, successful or otherwise, have taken place because Al
Qaeda has a clear determination to mount terrorist attacks against the
United Kingdom." This "deliberate campaign" against Britain is the "most
immediate and acute peacetime threat" to the nation in a century.