Brace

The word could be yet another contraction for brexit-related nonsense, for instance brexit-race. Politics in the U.K. switched to afterburner this week—in the words of one commentator, Westminster made House of Cards look like teletubbies.

The lame-duck British prime minister cooked Boris Johnson’s goose by refusing to invoke Article 50 of the Treaty of Lisbon, thereby leaving that unsavory task to the next PM.

Bojo, whose prime motivation for this whole sad mess was to become prime minister, found himself outplayed. Become PM, lead brexit, and take responsibility for the ensuing dog’s breakfast. Become PM, don’t invoke Article 50, and renege on his electoral platform—crucifixion ensues. Or don’t run for PM, which he very sensibly chose. Checkmate.

Many voices in the more deprived areas of the U.K. now protest that although they voted out, they don’t want to lose access to EU funds that have been improving their regional infrastructure.

Like them, Britain has to work it out, and the left-behinds will be even further back—the ultimate irony of brexit.

Played to the hilt by a disbelieving media, but the voting public made it happen.

Played to the hilt by a disbelieving media, but the voting public made it happen.

My experience is that Britain maneuvered very well in the European Union, often leveraging the synergies of the countries that make up the United Kingdom to great advantage—as a consequence, British viewpoints often prevailed.

My fear is that in this new arrangement no one on the continent will have the slightest interest in the British view, because there’s no institutional context where it can even be expressed—even if Britain successfully negotiates Article 50, the strength it had before will be much diluted.

If anything good can come from this, it’s the notion that the U.S. might learn an important lesson, but that’s very unlikely. I’m hopeful Clinton will win in November—not because she’ll be a good president, but because the alternative is a tragedy.

Hopeful is one thing, confident is another. After feeling the pulse of America’s grass roots earlier this year, I’m not confident. The worst possible triple whammy is a new world order with an autistic America and Britain, totally disconnected from the continent of Europe.

A few days before the British referendum, a BBC reporter wandered through Manhattan asking New Yorkers for their thoughts on brexit—no one knew what it meant, and more to the point, after being told what it was, no one cared.

If that’s the case in New York, you can picture what Nebraska, North Carolina, or Nevada will be like—the British debacle holds no message for Trump voters, who don’t give a shit about the EU—don’t know, don’t care.

But the week also saw a brace of terror attacks, both of which plausibly organized by Isis. Airports rather than airplanes have become a target of choice—you might kill less people, but you disrupt a lot more flights.

In Istambul, as in Brussels, Paris, and Lahore, the explosive used was triacetone triperoxide—very easy (but very dangerous) to make, no nitrogen required. TATP has become a kind of Isis trademark, and since detection of nitrogen-based explosives is now well-established, the new kid on the block has become very popular.

And yesterday, Bangladesh. A different kind of strike, more along the lines of western hotel attacks we’ve seen in eastern capitals. The nation has seen a number of savage murders of bloggers who penned anything perceived as anti-Islamic, and official condemnation has often been less than sanguine.

It is for such reasons that immigration from Europe is a false flag in the recent referendum, and that unity is the only real weapon defending Western ideals.

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