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Tuesday, July 12, 2005

Stand By Me

As of last Friday, U.S. military staff was banned from traveling to London:
A directive was issued to all United States Air Force staff just 24 hours after the terrorist attacks. It states that even senior officers must apply for permission to travel from the barracks in East Anglia - where many are based - to meetings in London. The ban prevents them from entering areas inside the M25 and family members, who are not subject to orders, are also being urged to stay away.
Reacting to a public outcry, the ban was revoked today:
The decision, reported Monday, was heavily criticized by politicians, police and commentators, some of whom questioned the strength of U.S. "solidarity." Tom King, former Conservative defense secretary, said: "It's entirely contrary to the spirit that the [U.S.] president has expressed as wall as the prime minister of carrying on and not allowing the terrorists to destroy our lives," the Times of London reported.
Looks like the Bush Blair love affair may be heading for troubled waters...

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