A footnote to my weekend post: I said in America Alone that the difference for America and Europe is that across the Atlantic the war on terror is basically a civil war. It’s becoming ever more literally so. The Daily Star reports that for the United Kingdom the Afghan campaign is now a war between two rival bands of British subjects:
THOUSANDS of British-born Muslims have joined the Taliban in Afghanistan.
UK troops say they are facing a mini civil war as more Brits head out to fight for the enemy.
Senior officers said British-born Muslims from the West Midlands and Yorkshire have travelled to Helmand province and other parts of southern Afghanistan.
Interception of Taliban communications has revealed the sound of jihadists speaking with West Midlands accents.
One senior military source said: “It is the Punjabi and Kashmiri Urdu speakers who fall back into English in, for example, Brummie accents.
“You get the impression they have been told not to talk in English but sometimes can’t help it.”
If it’s a civil war for the UK, for Americans this must be the highest number of British subjects killed by US troops since …the War of 1812? the Revolutionary War?
In some ways, this is merely a domestic extension of what was called the “flypaper” strategy. Luring jihadist Brits overseas and killing them in Afghanistan is certainly a swifter response to the problem than having them sitting at “home” plotting to blow up Glasgow Airport while the government makes ever more desperate efforts to appease them. But no doubt some obliging judge will soon rule that it’s in breach of the European Human Rights Act for British troops in Afghanistan to shoot at British passport holders.