Great Britain, with its own home-grown Petri dish of Islamic radicalism and history of terrorist incidents, is taking no chances. Forty years after the terrorist attack at the Olympics in
Tuesday, when the security contractor responsible for providing guards for the Games admitted it failed to train enough rent-a-cops, the British government called up an additional 1,200 troops. That has brought the total number of British soldiers on duty at the Olympics to 18,200. That deployment is nearly twice the size of the British military contingent stationed in Afghanistan, where 9,500 do battle with the Taliban.
In the long, storied history of the British military -- from Waterloo to the Crimea to the Khyber Pass to Dunkirk to Normandy -- there have probably never been so many men in uniform put in place to do battle with a foe so ephemeral. In all likelihood, the worst challenge they will confront will be redirecting a befuddled vacationing family from San Bernardino out of a secured area and back to the gymnastics venue.