Martin Solomon argues that British PM Gordon Brown has surrendered in his own way following the attacks on London and Glasgow by banning ministers from using the word "Muslim" in connection with terrorism and dropping the use of the words "war on terror".
This is probably going be a very costly mistake for the Labor party in Britain. Tony Blair's great rhetorical skills allowed him to move like a blur and present a very vague emotional and political target. But Gordon Brown is incapable of such fancy footwork and has manacled the Left into becoming a political human shield for the Jihad in ways that Blair could deftly avoid. Even within the Muslim community -- especially within the Muslim community -- there is great awareness of how closely the terror attacks are linked to issues within Islam. To its sectarian conflicts, to doctrinal disputes that have haunted Islam for centuries, to theological interpretations of what the religion is and what it should aspire to be. Tony Blair could sound like Churchill and act like Brown; George Bush until his popularity collapsed, could sound like Roosevelt and act like Brown. Unfortunately Brown can only act like Brown and sound like himself and in so doing, joined the fortunes of his ideology to that of Islamism.
That conjoining may have the consequence of linking the resolution of global Jihadi problem to the fortunes of the Left. It is no accident that the upsurge of global terrorism has dragged into question the validity of the Left's most cherished shibboleths. Every bomb that goes off in the UK and the horror that follows it will be an implicit attack on the policies of mindless multiculturalism, pacifism and nanny statehood that lie at the foundation of the Labor party. Blair was clever enough to know this and protect his party's belief system from the backlash against terror. He did this by distancing, or appearing to distance, the two. But perhaps Brown is too honest, plain or stolid to pull of this act. More power to him.