Roger L. Simon

Welcome to your new job, Gordon Brown

For the foreseeable future, those who covet such jobs at President of the United States and Prime Minister of Great Britain are entering prime be-careful-what-you-wish-for territory. Two days after installation, Gordon Brown was faced with a potential attack that PJM Barcelona editor Jose Guardia told me on IM when I woke this morning would have been “Madrid-level or worse”. And he should know. (Jose did his usual superb job of providing the important links to the event – while California slept).

I imagine most of us wish this stuff would just go away and we could return to what passed for our normal lives. I know I would. Unfortunately, it’s not. The most logical prediction is that it only is going to get worse. And it has been brewing for a long time – long before the Iraq War and 9/11 or even the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. If you’re looking for benchmarks, you’re more likely looking at the founding of the Muslim Brotherhood in 1928. But even that is just one bump in a road going back centuries. Where will it stop?