Muslim Radicals Flown to Bermuda
I was wondering why Alex chose Bermuda as a vacation destination. Now it all becomes clear.
The Times of London reports:
The British Government responded with ill-disguised fury tonight to the news that four Chinese Uighurs freed from Guantanamo Bay had been flown for resettlement on the Atlantic tourist paradise of Bermuda.
The four arrived on Bermuda in the early hours, celebrating the end of seven years of detention after learning that they were to be accepted as guest workers.
But it appears that the Government of Bermuda failed to consult with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office on the decision to take in the Uighurs – whose return is demanded by Beijing – and it could now be forced to send them back to Cuba or risk a grave diplomatic crisis.
Read it here.
Seriously, this is a major (make that MAJOR!!!) diplomatic screw-up. It comes on the heels of Obama snubbing Sarkozy, offending Merkel, and a whole bunch of small snubs directed at British leaders. Taken together they make me wonder if it is a screw-up or a deliberate insult to our traditional allies. Obama has consistently been sending out signals that he is, as Ralph Peters’ put it, personally contemptuous of Europe [here] and identifies with what he sees as Europe’s former colonial victims. This surely comes as a surprise to all those European Obamaphiles who assured us that his election would result in better trans-Atlantic relations. In a sense I agree with Obama — our most important relations going forward will be with Pacific and South Asian nations, not with Europe, and yes the Euro-snobs can be insufferable, but there is no need to insult or provoke crises with our traditional allies.