There is an almost absurd irony in a suicide bombing being effected on the Iraqi Parliament on the same day it's been reported that the European Parliament has called for a cut in roaming charges on mobile phones.
Today's attack in Baghdad might just be the jihadists' Doolittle Raid; the kind of direct strike at an enemy's heart that only a combatant absolutely sure of his cause's righteousness and absolutely confident of his cause's ultimate victory would even attempt. If it is then our 19 year olds should be brought home from Iraq immediately; the cause is lost, and the New World Order has already slaughtered enough of them.
Don't even bother retorting with anything about the jihadists, the Iranians, the Sadrists, the Saddoes or whatever other bunch of medievalist whackadoo savages the war has brought out the woodwork in a faraway country of which we know little, and the more of which we see the less we care to know. Joanna Yorke Dyer, Kris O'Neill, Eleanor Dlugosz and Adam Smith would not now be dead had the adventurism, arrogance and messianic self-regard of Tony Blair and Alistair Campbell not contrived to lie us into a war we did not need to fight; a slaughter of innocents which could not have been effected without the express consent of Gordon Brown.
Having wrought pain and death on strangers, the war liars and war mongers see no shame in moving their careers on to the next level - and giving their girlfriends' good jobs in the process. Not that we have ever felt as if we are at war - there have been no calls for austerity, no calls for discarded items to be handed in for the war effort; and no attempts to seal our borders.
It is hard not to believe that we no longer have what it takes to repel a direct assault upon our nation; our synthetic, manufactured culture of rampant individualism, a culture which sees nothing wrong with cranks, mental cases better off either in hospital or under the lobotomist's knife, walking naked through the streets would just snap back in its slovenly, degraded speech, 'Who are you to tell me what to do?'
No nation truly at war complains about restrictions on its travel; if the cancellation of all flights to Egypt and Turkey, countries where jihadists have killed British officials and holidaymakers, were to be proposed the response would be selfish uproar.
Accordingly no nation truly at war would regard the cost of using a piece of equipment its citizens don't have to buy, and which can only be used after they freely enter a contract, as being of any consequence.
And no nation truly at war would ever, ever contemplate mass immigration.
Perhaps we are not at war, but we are in an endgame; ours might be slower and less violent than that of the Iraqis (at this stage, at least), but it's an endgame still the same.