Skip to comments.Still With Us? Testing Britain's Counter-terror Resolve
Posted on 11/15/2003 10:27:34 AM PST by Pan_Yans Wife
Still With Us? Testing Britain's Counter-terror Resolve
September 05, 2003 National Review Online Matthew A. Levitt
Last week, two disparate events tested Britain's resolve to take bold action in the war on terrorism. London passed the first hurdle with flying colors, arresting a wanted fugitive, and will hopefully show similar determination by shutting a terrorist front organization operating openly out of London.
Coming on the heels of intelligence revealing al Qaeda plots to crash a hijacked aircraft into an important British building, it is critical London signal its continued resolve to fight terror.
Last Thursday, British authorities arrested a former Iranian diplomat (traveling on a student visa with no diplomatic status or protection) for his role in a 1994 Hezbollah bombing attack in Argentina. London bristled at Iranian threats to downgrade bilateral relations and withdraw its ambassador over the arrest, seeking instead to forge a common European front on relations to Iran and exploring the possibility of an EU-wide downgrading of relations with Tehran over the exposure of Iran's frenetic nuclear program.
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