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07 July 2005 @ 10:37 am
Bombs in London  
My heart goes out to the city of London in the wake of todays transport bombings (BBC, CNN). I am selfishly glad that many of my friends are safe (see keristor list of London area filkers here).

It is a bit sobering to realize that London has historical experience to rely on (I remember IRA bombings and bomb scares in 1991, for instance).

One rather controversial thing I said after 9/11 was that I felt USians should be ashamed for many of the ways they reacted to the terrorist attacks. The near stampede to give up civil rights (a struggle that continues) and ease of daily life in search of an elusive "perfect" security and safety, the rush to blame every possible Islamic nation, along with the inevitable lawsuits and recriminations that implied foresight should be perfectly equivalent to hindsight made me rather disgusted with my countrymen. I pointed often at the example set by the UK in the face of terrorist tactics and war over the years.

I fully expect that the response by Londoners and the rest of the UK will follow their historical example and will not let terrorist acts change their course.

Of course, the expectation of such a response will likely fuel rumors that the US or UK governments actually carried out this bombing to boost support for the war in Iraq and "against terror", creating a false Islamist organization and fooling Arabic web sites into thinking it is authentic.

Much more plausible than a real terror attack, don't you think? (*rolling my eyes*)
Current Mood: gloomygloomy
Current Music: England v Australia ODI Headingley
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stevieanniestevieannie on July 7th, 2005 03:39 pm (UTC)
I like Phil's take on it - our security services are so inept that they'd never have managed to keep it a secret, though...
stevieanniestevieannie on July 7th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
Despite my usual cynicism about world politics, I was heartened to see *all* of the G8 leaders lined up behind Tony Blair as he condemned the attacks and voiced his intention to return to Gleneagles tonight and continue the talks.

And you are right. Sadly Londoners have extensive experience of terrorism and how to react to it: - Sigh. Whinge. Buy a copy of the Evening Standard which also sighs and whinges. Get on with life. Perhaps share a cynical comment with your neighbours in the queue.
Bill Roperbillroper on July 7th, 2005 04:44 pm (UTC)
When Gretchen and I were visiting London two years ago, we stopped for a snack at the London Bridge train station and were looking for a trash can to throw our garbage in with no success. I was a bit nonplussed when I mentioned this to Lissa and she pointed out that the IRA liked (likes?) to put bombs in trash cans.

Is It Safe To Gnaw Through The Straps Now?ericcoleman on July 7th, 2005 04:07 pm (UTC)
It is a bit sobering to realize that London has historical experience to rely on (I remember IRA bombings and bomb scares in 1991, for instance).

I lived in London in 74-75 and was a couple blocks away from a bombing when it happened. If I had been walking a little faster ...

Scary stuff