Giving Thanks (To Our British Friends)
Yesterday was August 22. Aside from stating the obvious, there is something very special about that date: nothing happened to us. August 22 passed in the United States of America in relative peace and safety because of the diligent work of our cousins across the pond, and we have moved on to new day.
Thank you, Great Britain, for your excellent intelligence and law enforcement work, in conjunction with the U.S., in tracking down terrorists and foiling their plot against the United States of America. Without your assiduous efforts, we may have suffered another attack yesterday on an even grander scale than 9/11. You nullified the terrorists plans to use explosives and ten airplanes to massacre more innocent civilians, and August 22, 2006 will mean little to us in years to come instead of dwelling in infamy in our collective consciousness.
As much as most of us would like to live our lives with a pre-9/11 mentality, in fact there is a clash of cultures--of civilizations--as Samuel Huntington has stated, occurring, in which loosely connected networks of terrorists search our destruction. How comforting to know that our British allies across the Atlantic have our back.
If anyone would like to send thanks to our British friends, below are three places to do so:
Scotland Yard's email
The British Embassy
The Queen of England
Thanks also to Word around the Net for his reminder and for posting the information, making a simple thank-you, well, simple.