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British Parliamentarian Cannot Tell The Difference Between Street Protest And Terror Attack

The mind of the formerly highest ranking British Muslim in the Parliament on display here

Here’s the Tweet from the British Twit:

Israeli extremists storm Al Aqsa & intimidate worshippers
Palestinian extremists storm synagogue & kill 4 worshippers

And here’s more about her:

Former UK Foreign Office Minister and previous Conservative Party Chairman Baroness Sayeeda Warsi started a social media storm after she tweeted a message that clearly implied equivalence between the Har Nof terrorists and Israelis protesting over Temple Mount.

The controversial politician, who – until her resignation in protest at Government policy which she complained was far too tolerant of Israel’s action in defending itself against Hamas rocketry during the recent Gaza war – had been the highest ranked Muslim in British politics with a seat at the Cabinet table.

But her outburst, just hours after the terrorist atrocity, led to a sharp rebuke from her successor as Conservative Party Chairman Grant Shapps who tweeted that Warsi only spoke for herself and not for their Party.

We at BTL direct a lot of criticism to Leftists, but this is a Conservative Jew hater. Just saying’.

– Aggie

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Britain’s Got Problems

Jihadis wanted to stab Queen Elizabeth to death inside Buckingham Palace

That’s thinking big.

Four Islamic terrorists militants planned to kill the Queen of England this weekend — but British police foiled the assassination plot, reports said.

The anarchist assassins intended to stab Queen Elizabeth II Friday as the country celebrated 96 years since the end of World War I — an annual British jubilee — with numerous public appearances by her Royal Highness.

British police discovered the murder plot by the four terrorists militants, ranging in age from 19 to 27, and conducted multiple raids in West London and Buckinghamshire to thwart their plan.

Cops believe the suspected terrorists militants planned to use a knife to kill the beloved 88-year-old Queen, but also think they likely had access to firearms.

Officials made Queen Elizabeth and Prime Minister David Cameron aware of the potential threat, but her Royal Highness still plans to attend the weekend’s festivities.

I had to clean up the language a bit, as you can see. One man’s terrorist is another man’s militant, you see. Or Freedom Fighter.

In any case, Britain did this to herself. I hope she can figure out how to get out of this mess.

– Aggie

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Not-Muslims Attracted to Not-Islam in London

Not kidding:

Four men, two aged 20 and two 21, were held in the dawn raids at addresses across London yesterday.

One of those held was revealed today to be a medical student who has written online that “Allah rewards those who kill in his name”.

The 21-year-old was seized at a flat in North Kensington where he lived with his mother and sister, according to neighbours.

He has allegedly posted on the Ask.fm website that he “wants people to fight and kill” in the name of Allah and describes how Allah rewards those who fight in his name “with paradise”.

The suspect was arrested with another man at a tower block in North Kensington. Neighbours described hearing explosions — thought to have been stun grenades fired by armed police as they stormed the flat.

Friends described how the man had grown increasingly “isolated and detached” in recent years as he travelled abroad alone without his family. He told friends he was travelling to Morocco but it is also thought he may have gone to Syria.

One family friend said: “In about the last two to three years we all noticed a change in him. He used to just wear a tracksuit and then he started wearing the white religious dress clothing over the top of it, and then he just no longer had the tracksuit and would just wear the clothing and sandals.

“He also started growing a really big beard and was travelling a lot. He said he had gone to Morocco by himself. The family also used to go for about a month every year on holiday to Morocco.”

Of course he went to Morocco. He liked the food. And the beaches. But as a medical student and a Muslim, he would value life. That’s what they tell us.

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Dispatches From the Front Lines of Socialized Medicine

It’s been too long since I visited this topic.

My apologies:

Intolerably long waiting times to see a GP have become a national disgrace that could endanger people’s health, the leader of Britain’s family doctors has warned.

A total of 58.9 million patients in England are set to have waited for a consultation for a week or more by the end of 2014, up almost 50% from the 40m who waited that long during 2012, according to a new RCGP analysis of data from NHS England’s six-monthly GP patient survey. “These devastating statistics show that waiting times are now a national disgrace and that the situation is set to get even worse over the year ahead,” Baker said.

“Even more worrying is that we have no way of finding out how many patients decide not to seek treatment because they cannot get an appointment, which means we might be missing opportunities of detecting illnesses at an early stage or preventing them happening in the first place.”

Britain’s population is 64 million. So, really, everyone has to wait to see his or her GP. Fever of 104? See you next Tuesday. Suspected strep infection? What’s your January look like?

Waiting times have been an issue in the UK as long as I can remember. But I see a solution. When everyone—everyone—is effected, the problem can’t get any worse. Be of good cheer, Britain!

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Jewish Kids Banned From Sports Direct Store In London

I waited to post this until I saw the name of the store, but here it is. I couldn’t believe it at first:

A Sports Direct security guard has been sacked and is now the subject of a police investigation after he allegedly barred a group of Jewish schoolboys from entering the store and told them: “No Jews, no Jews.”

The two 11-year-olds were in their first full week of school at Yavneh College in Borehamwood, but the boys’ families say their “lasting memory” will be of the alleged antisemitic incident at the sports retailer’s Hertfordshire branch.

According to Professor David Rosen, a solicitor and the father of one of the boys, they were singled out and refused entry while wearing their school uniforms. Other pupils, with their uniforms covered, were allowed in.

Writing on Facebook, Professor Rosen said he would have been sure his son had “misheard” the guard’s alleged use of the phrase “No Jews, no Jews,” had it not been heard and reported by other boys to their parents as well.

“The matter has been taken extremely seriously by Sports Direct at the highest managerial level,” Professor Rosen said.

“The Area Manager, in the first instance, acted swiftly to remove the security guard for the offensive remarks, who in turn, no longer works for the security company.”

I betcha this is the tip of the iceberg. Europe is becoming more and more comfortable with their roots.

– Aggie

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Is the Pope Catholic?

Is Mohammed Islamic?

In a televised address on how to address the Islamic State this evening, President Barack Obama declared the organization variously known as ISIS or ISIL to be “not Islamic.”

In making this preposterous claim, Obama joins his two immediate predecessors in pronouncing on what is not Islamic. Bill Clinton called the Taliban treatment of women and children “a terrible perversion of Islam.” George W. Bush deemed that 9/11 and other acts of violence against innocents “violate the fundamental tenets of the Islamic faith.”

None of the three has any basis for such assertions. To state the obvious: As non-Muslims and politicians, rather than Muslims and scholars, they are in no position to declare what is Islamic and what is not. As Bernard Lewis, a leading American authority of Islam, notes: “It is surely presumptuous for those who are not Muslims to say what is orthodox and what is heretical in Islam.”

Indeed, Obama compounds his predecessors’ errors and goes further: Clinton and Bush merely described certain actions (treatment of women and children, acts of violence against innocents) as un-Islamic, but Obama has dared to declare an entire organization (and quasi-state) to be “not Islamic.”

The only good thing about this idiocy? At least it’s better than the formulation by the Council on American-Islamic Relations (known as CAIR) which has the nerve to call the Islamic State “anti-Islamic.”

In the end, though, neither U.S. presidents nor Islamist apologists fool people. Anyone with eyes and ears realizes that the Islamic State, like the Taliban and al-Qaeda before it, is 100 percent Islamic. And most Westerners, as indicated by detailed polling in Europe, do have eyes and ears. Over time, they are increasingly relying on common sense to conclude that the group is indeed profoundly Islamic.

We have been trying to tell people for 13 years what seems undeniable to us. Jihadists are drawn to terrorism because of Islam, not in spite of it.

They tell us so themselves:

Thousands of Iraqi women are being forced into sex slavery in brothels run by a ‘police force’ of British women jihadis, it has been reported.

As many as 3,000 women and girls have been taken captive from the Yazidi tribe in Iraq as Isis militants continue their reign of terror across the region.

Sources now say that British female jihadis operating a religious police force called the al-Khanssaa brigade, that punishes women for ‘un-Islamic’ behaviour, have set up brothels to for the use of Isis fighters.

A source told the Mirror: ‘These women are using barbaric interpretations of the Islamic faith to justify their actions.

‘They believe the militants can use these women as they please as they are non-Muslims. It is the British women who have risen to the top of the Islamic State’s sharia police and now they are in charge of this operation.

‘It is as bizarre as it is perverse.’

And it is as Muslim as it is bizarre and perverse. Sorry to tell you.

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Pathetic

This may seem a small thing, but what is a big thing but a collection of small things?

Israeli Ambassador to the United Kingdom Daniel Taub has sent an official letter to the Northern Ireland leadership expressing his “very deep concern” over the removal of a plaque in Belfast marking the birthplace of Chaim Herzog, the sixth president of Israel.

The monument on Cliftonpark Avenue, which was placed there in 1998, was removed in August, at the height of Operation Protective Edge, due to repeated vandalism. Herzog was president of Israel from 1983 to 1993.

“I am writing to express my very deep concern at the removal of the plaque,” Taub wrote in a letter obtained by Ynet, which was sent Monday to First Minister Peter Robinson and Deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness of the Northern Ireland Assembly.

In the letter, Taub recalled the time he had spent in Northern Ireland and stressed the importance of the plaque to the local Jewish community; its removal, he said, was a concession to prejudice.

“This attempt to efface both Belfast’s Jewish past and its historic connection to the State of Israel is troubling because of what it says in relation to Israel and the Jewish community, but no less so because it suggests a lack of resolve or indifference to the consequences of allowing prejudice and hatred to fester.”

Herzog was “not only champion of security for the State of Israel but also a profound advocate of peace,” Taub concluded. “Now more than ever, the principles for which he stood need to be broadcast, not silenced.”

A local politician from the Democratic Unionist Party, Brian Kingston, said at the time that he was shocked by move.

“This is a shocking indication of the level of tension and anti-Semitism which currently exists in parts of Belfast. It is disgraceful that this item of Belfast history has being repeatedly targeted due to its connection with Israel,” the Irish Times quoted Kingston as saying.

“This should serve as a wake-up call for the public to the dangerous level of intolerance and the anti-Israeli mentality which some are encouraging.”

“Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past.” George Orwell, 1984

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Mad Muslim™ Or Crazy CopyCat™?

You decide

One of the problems with Mad Muslims™, such as ISIS or Hamas, is that they inspire Crazy CopyCats™ or garden variety nut jobs. So what happened in London today?

A woman has been beheaded in a back garden after being attacked with what is thought to be a machete.
The victim was found at an address in Nightingale Road, Edmonton, north London, just after 1pm today.

Scotland Yard gave few details but said that a man has been arrested. Eyewitnesses reported seeing a man with a machete in the area.

There is no suggestion that the killing had any terrorist motive.
A spokesman for Scotland Yard said: “Police were called to an address in Nightingale Road at 13.07pm today to reports of a stabbing incident.

“On arrival officers discovered a female collapsed in a garden area.
“A man has been detained and remains in custody.
“At this very early stage we are not in a position to give further details.”

So it is a Mad Muslim™ or a Crazy CopyCat™? Hard to say…

– Aggie

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On Obama’s Rage

The Wall Street Journal has an article this morning, reprinted here which touches on a question I have: Why are people so incensed with Israel when in fact almost all of the troubles in our world are coming from various branches of Islam? Why can’t Israel defend herself against Hamas and other terrorist groups? Why is Israeli uppityness so much more offensive to powerful people than say ISIS beheadings, Putin’s aggressions, 170,000 plus dead Syrians, etc? How powerful is Jew hatred, really?

Barack Obama “has become ‘enraged’ at the Israeli government, both for its actions and for its treatment of his chief diplomat, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry. ” So reports the Jerusalem Post, based on the testimony of Martin Indyk, until recently a special Middle East envoy for the president. The war in Gaza, Mr. Indyk adds, has had “a very negative impact” on Jerusalem’s relations with Washington.

Think about this. Enraged. Not “alarmed” or “concerned” or “irritated” or even “angered.” Anger is a feeling. Rage is a frenzy. Anger passes. Rage feeds on itself. Anger is specific. Rage is obsessional, neurotic.

Well, exactly. What has Israel ever done to harm him? It is just ridiculous.

And Mr. Obama—No Drama Obama, the president who prides himself on his cool, a man whose emotional detachment is said to explain his intellectual strength—is enraged. With Israel. Which has just been hit by several thousand unguided rockets and 30-odd terror tunnels, a 50-day war, the forced closure of its one major airport, accusations of “genocide” by Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, anti-Semitic protests throughout Europe, general condemnation across the world. This is the country that is the object of the president’s rage.

The president in Bethesda, Md., July 29. Ron Sachs/Cnp/Zuma Press
Think about this some more. In the summer in which Mr. Obama became “enraged” with Israel, Islamic State terrorists seized Mosul and massacred Shiite soldiers in open pits, Russian separatists shot down a civilian jetliner, Hamas executed 18 “collaborators” in broad daylight, Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria came close to encircling Aleppo with the aim of starving the city into submission, a brave American journalist had his throat slit on YouTube by a British jihadist, Russian troops openly invaded Ukraine, and Chinese jets harassed U.S. surveillance planes over international waters.

Mr. Obama or his administration responded to these events with varying degrees of concern, censure and indignation. But rage?

Here, for instance, is the president in early August, talking to the New York Times’s Tom Friedman about Russia and Ukraine:

“Finding an off-ramp for [ Vladimir Putin ] becomes more challenging. Having said that I think it is still possible for us, because of the effective organization that we have done with the Europeans around Ukraine, and the genuine bite that the sanctions have had on the Russian economy, for us to arrive at a fair accommodation in which Ukrainian sovereignty and independence is still recognized but there is also recognition that Ukraine does have historic ties to Russia, the majority of their trade goes to Russia, huge portions of the population are Russian speaking, and so they are not going to be severed from Russia. And if we do that a deal should be possible.”

This isn’t even condemnation. It’s an apology. For Mr. Putin. Benjamin Netanyahu should be so lucky.

Now think about what, specifically, has enraged the president about Israel’s behavior. “Its actions and its treatment of his chief diplomat.”

Actions? Hamas began firing rockets at Israel in June, thereby breaking the cease-fire it had agreed to at the end of the last war, in November 2012. The latest war began in earnest on July 7 when Hamas fired some 80 rockets at Israel. “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the next day, “and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks.”

On July 15 Israel accepted the terms of a cease-fire crafted by Egypt. Hamas violated it by firing 50 rockets at Israel. On July 17 Israel accepted a five-hour humanitarian cease-fire. Hamas violated it again. On July 20 Israel allowed a two-hour medical window in the neighborhood of Shujaiyeh. Hamas violated it. On July 26 Hamas announced a daylong cease-fire. It then broke its own cease-fire. On July 28 Israel agreed to a cease-fire for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. The rocket attacks continued. On Aug. 1 Israel accepted a 72-hour cease-fire proposed by the U.S. Hamasviolated it within 90 minutes. On Aug. 5 Israel agreed to Egypt’s terms for another three-day cease-fire. Hamas violated it several hours before it was set to expire, after Israel announced it would agree to an extension.

If Hamas had honored any of these cease-fires it could have saved Palestinian lives. It didn’t. Mr. Obama is enraged—but not with Hamas.

Read the rest if you can stomach it. I can’t. I’ve just returned from a lovely trip abroad, punctuated with horrific English speaking crowds chanting: Kill the Jews! I think that the western world has a lot to offer – medicine, clean environment, good enough economies to avoid hunger, kind and entertaining people in the countryside – but at the same time they are thinly veiled barbarians. Under the expensive British soaps is a god-awful stink.

Oh, and fear is not improving the stink much, is it? Because they are now well and truly terrified of their own citizens.

– Aggie

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Yorkshire Diddling

Before he got punched in the face, George Galloway boasted that his constituency, Bradford West, was “Israel Free”.

Given the behavior of the locals, that may well be by choice, George:

Simon Danczuk, who helped expose a pattern of grooming of white teenage girls by men from a Pakistani background in Rochdale, where he is the Labour MP, said a culture of intimidation and closing of ranks within parts of the Asian community had mired politics in towns and cities across northern England for years.

He said Asian councillors were under constant pressure from the community to “conform” and other politicians acquiesced for fear of being accused of racism, failing to face up to evidence of abuse as a result.

Last week a scathing inquiry report said there had been a “blatant” failure of leadership from politicians and council officials in Rotherham over the sexual abuse of at least 1,400 children over 16 years.

The Rotherham scandal and a series of cases in towns including Rochdale highlighted how evidence of Pakistani men targeting white girls for abuse was repeatedly played down for fear of accusations of racism.

He said he had personally come under pressure from Asian councillors and members of the community for speaking out as well as being warned by prominent figures in his party.

He pointed to the way in which two Muslim councillors in Rochdale had provided character references for one of the perpetrators of the Rochdale abuse.

“Politics are done differently in Pakistan, it is a cultural difference we have imported some of that into some of these northern towns and cities and I think we have to face up to the fact that we can’t carry on doing politics like that.

Ann Cryer, the former MP for Keighley, said she had come under constant pressure from the “politically correct brigade” when she raised the issue.

Ann Cryer said that Ken Livingstone, the former Mayor of London, was among those who had challenged her for speaking about the issue.

Meanwhile it was reported that more than 100 babies were born as a result of girls being raped in Rotherham.

Sarah Champion, the current Rotherham MP, said one of the most upsetting aspects of the scandal was that babies born to some victims were taken away from them and their mothers will never see them again – something she said “spoke volumes” about how victims were treated.

So, the sexual enslavement of 1400 girls (and their 100 children bred by rape) by Pakistani men in South Yorkshire isn’t even the worst of the story. The cover-up and complicity of mainstream British politicians, mainly from the Left, over years is.

Go ahead, British lefties: judge Israel.

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Let’s Have No More of This

The Grand Duchy of Bloodthirstan sends its best wishes to George Galloway, MP (blech), and prayers for a speedy recovery.

On the other hand, George, a diet of milkshakes and smoothies doesn’t suck!

Respect MP George Galloway was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw on Friday night after being attacked in the street.

Police arrested a British man over the incident, which is believed to have been prompted by comments Galloway has made about Israel in past weeks.

The 60-year-old was posing for pictures in Notting Hill, London, on Friday evening when a man lashed out at him, his spokesman said. Galloway gave a statement to police after a man aged 39 was arrested.

“George was posing for pictures with people and this guy just attacked him, leapt on him and started punching him,” his spokesman said.

“It appears to be connected with his comments about Israel because the guy was shouting about the Holocaust. George is badly bruised but OK. He has bruising to his head and face and is in pretty bad shape.”

Why would someone so beset the honourable MP for Bradford West?

Last week, the MP was interviewed by police under caution after he was accused of inciting racial hatred by declaring his constituency, Bradford West, an “Israel-free zone”.

In a speech he gave in Leeds on 2 August he said: “We don’t want any Israeli goods; we don’t want any Israeli services; we don’t want any Israeli academics coming to the university or the college; we don’t even want any Israeli tourists to come to Bradford, even if any of them had thought of doing so.”

Surely, that’s how his constituents want it.

Surely, there must be more:

“What else is Gaza but a Warsaw Ghetto? When the people, the heroes, of the uprising of the Warsaw Ghetto, who decided they’d rather die on their feet, than live on their knees, desperate for food and water, rose up and tackled their besiegers – those who were keeping them in that Warsaw Ghetto – they were rightly hailed and are remembered in history as freedom fighters, as heroes. Yet the Palestinians, when they rise up out of their Warsaw Ghetto, are called terrorists in your country, and in my country, never mind in the country that is doing the besieging,” charged Galloway.

Who knew that the Warsaw Ghetto had luxury hotels and malls, teeming markets, and water parks, as Gaza does (or did)? Learn something new.

Is that all?

According to Galloway, “the Zionists” engineered the situation in Ukraine in order to bring “the Nazis” to power and have the Ukrainian Jews “settle in Palestine”.

“The bizarre alliance in the Maidan between former Israeli army officers [is] the most ugly alliance you can possibly imagine. [This] is part of the thinking of this… Well, if these Nazis come to power in Kiev, and they hate Jews so much, the remaining Ukrainian Jews will feel that they have to go and settle in Palestine,” he continued.

Isn’t a person entitled to his own opinion, no matter how bat[bleep] crazy?

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West claimed that the Jewish state had given rebel groups affiliated with Al Qaeda chemical weapons for use against Syrian civilians.

“If there’s been any use of nerve gas, it’s the rebels that used it…If there has been use of chemical weapons, it was Al Qaeda who used the chemical weapons,” claims Galloway in a video distributed on the internet.

“Who gave Al Qaeda the chemical weapons? Here’s my theory: Israel gave them the chemical weapons.”

Slander and libel are not enough for Galloway: there must also be lying:

[D]uring a debate in the British Parliament on whether to take part in a military offensive against Syria, Galloway was challenged by Matthew Offord, a representative of Hendon in North London.

Offord said he had received several e-mails from constituents on Galloway’s hateful remarks, then said, “I would find that very hard to believe that the honorable member said that, so would he like to take this opportunity to refute that, or provide the evidence to satisfy my constituent?”

In response to Offord, Galloway said that letters from constituents were “unreliable”, because, he claimed, “I said no such thing.”

A nut, a liar, and a bully, sure, but debate is healthy. Isn’t it?

British lawmaker George Galloway, known for his vehemently anti-Israel views and support for Hamas, stormed out of a debate at Oxford University on Wednesday night after learning that his opponent was Israeli.

The Respect Party MP for Bradford West advocated that “Israel should withdraw immediately from the West Bank”, while his opponent, Eylon Aslan-Levy, claimed that a withdrawal should take place only as part of a negotiated peace agreement.

After Levy used the term “we” to describe Israel’s stance, a perturbed Galloway interrupted asking “You said ‘we,’ are you Israeli?”

After his opponent answered in the affirmative, Galloway said, “I don’t recognize Israel and I don’t debate with Israelis,” as he stormed out of the room.

Galloway attempted to justify his behavior on his Facebook page saying, “I refused this evening at Oxford University to debate with an Israeli, a supporter of the Apartheid state of Israel.”

“The Reason is simple: No recognition, No Normalization, Just Boycotts, divestment and sanctions, until the Apartheid state is defeated.”

Look, everyone agrees that George Galloway is, to be kind, a pig. But do we go around beating pigs in the face and breaking their jaws?

Let me think about it:

“The story, for those who don’t know it, is Scarlett Johansson. She’s a very famous Hollywood actress, I think of Swedish or Danish origin [don't tell George she's Jewish---he'll have a stroke!], who is a big star. She’s taking money from a company called SodaStream to promote their product, which is a kind of spray which sprays soda water into drinks,” said Galloway.

I’ve got to say to her: You are an absolute disgrace. Your face should be scarlet now – scarlet with embarrassment that you chose a few shekels from SodaStream over Oxfam and over your international reputation.”

“Because your hands are certainly scarlet – they are scarlet with the blood of the Palestinian people, whose land has been stolen so that these illegal settlements can produce products like SodaStream,” he said.

Time was, a man would punch the pig square in the face for those remarks alone. Or buy a cigar for the man that did.

Not that we condone such senseless violence—oh no. Though come to think of it, Galloway is lucky not to have been assassinated for his incitement against Jews, as happened to Meir Kahane for his remarks about Arabs. Six weeks of cream of broccoli soup versus an eternity underground—see what I mean?

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Foley Murdered By Brit With London Accent

Because British culture produces the best butchers.

British Foreign Minister Philip Hammond says that the government is “urgently investigating” the identity of the apparently British executioner of US reporter James Foley, whose death was shown in a video released by members of the self-declared Islamic State in Syria. The IS member’s apparent ties to Britain highlight increasing concern in the West about the radicalization of European and American nationals by jihadi groups and the threat they pose if they return home.

The video published overnight on YouTube shows the hooded, black-clad IS member speaking extensively in both English and Arabic before killing an orange-jumpsuited man described as “James Wright Foley, an American citizen.” In what the Daily Telegraph describes as a London accent, the executioner says that the US has “been at the forefront of the aggression towards the Islamic State,” before killing Foley.

But at least David Cameron takes this seriously:

Over there: “U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron cut short his summer vacation to return to London and chair urgent meetings on the threat posed by ISIS in Iraq and Syria, calling the video ‘shocking and depraved.’”

Over here:

President Obama went back to his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard Tuesday evening following less than 48 hours in Washington, leaving people puzzled over why he came back in the first place.

Obama’s two days in Washington were mostly quiet, and concluded with the president receiving his daily national security briefing in the morning, and joining Vice President Biden to huddle with members of his economic team in the afternoon.

Administration officials have insisted for weeks that the president just wanted to return to the White House for a series of meetings, but the explanation was met with a healthy dose of skepticism, since Obama rarely interrupts his vacations.

Oh, Obama did make a statement about the beheading, before heading off to play a round of golf:

President Barack Obama said Wednesday that the entire world is “appalled” by the brutal death of American journalist James Foley, who was shown in a video released by the Islamic State of Syria and Iraq being beheaded.
“No faith teaches people to massacre innocents,” Obama said in his statement. “No just God would stand for what they did yesterday and what they do every single day.”

“People like this ultimately fail because the future is won by those who build and not destroy,” Obama said.
Obama also called Foley’s parents to offer his condolences and told them that a nation was heartbroken for their loss.
According to a pool report obtained by Politico, Obama went to the Vineyard Golf Club following his statement.

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