July 7, 2005

London terrorist attack.

Six explosions. Two dead. Are any of my readers there? If so, tell us what you can in the comments.

UPDATE: From the BBC:
An Islamist website has posted a statement - purportedly from al-Qaeda - claiming it was behind the attacks.


Gerry said...

Ann, if you are interested, one of my regulars (Georgia Voter) has been in England for several months. He checked in on this thread. You can see what he said, and I'm sure will answer any questions you want to ask.

Ann Althouse said...

Gerry: Thanks. I don't have questions. I was just opening the comments.

Gerry said...

It took about, I don't know, a half hour before some started debating the politics of it all (the folly of fighting terrorism militarily vs. the folly of appeasing, et al).

At first I found that very disturbing- my God, the bodies are probably not even cold yet.

But now I'm starting to think it is part of the human defense mechanism. Continue on as best you can as if all is normal, to try and make things normal.

Unfortunately, this chaos is becoming normal. :-(

dax said...

It's good to see that the market is holding.
This morning the pundits were talking about a 300 to 400 point drop.
Latest count is 40 dead and 300 injured.

Sloanasaurus said...

Noting that the Islamic Terrorists have cited Afghanistan and Iraq as their reasons for the attacks, Blair should respond by doubling British forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Something opposite from what the Spanish did.

dax said...

The response in Britain from the left is breathless:

We extend our condolences to those who have lost their lives today and our heartfelt sympathy to all those who have been injured by the bombs in London.

No one can condone acts of violence aimed at working people going about their daily lives. They have not been a party to, nor are they responsible for, the decisions of their government. They are entirely innocent and we condemn those who have killed or injured them.

The loss of innocent lives, whether in this country or Iraq, is precisely the result of a world that has become a less safe and peaceful place in recent years.

We have worked without rest to remove the causes of such violence from our world. We argued, as did the Security Services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain. Tragically Londoners have now paid the price of the government ignoring such warnings.

We urge the government to remove people in this country from harms way, as the Spanish government acted to remove its people from harm, by ending the occupation of Iraq and by turning its full attention to the development of a real solution to the wider conflicts in the Middle East.

Only then will the innocents here and abroad be able to enjoy a life free of the threat of needless violence.

-George Galloway

Well, there you have it!
And they though Neville Chamberlain was dead.

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Sloanasaurus said...

The problem the left has in Britain is that there are so many historical examples of heroes in Britain standing firm against the enemy: from the Elizabeth in defeating the Spanish Armada, to the wars of Louis XVI, to Nelson, to Wellington, and Churchill, a Prime Minister today would be laughed out of office if they even mentioned that pulling out after an attack was an option (even the great appeaser Chamberlain eventually saw the light.)

Spain, on the other hand, has a history of defeat when the odds were in their favor. Who are they supposed to point to for historical courage: Franco? Queen Isabella? Hmmm....

dax said...

Then there is this from another Brit.

If, however, there is to be a war of nerves let us make sure our nerves are strong and are fortified by the deepest convictions of our hearts.
Never give in — never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

Arm yourselves, and be ye men of valor, and be in readiness for the conflict; for it is better for us to perish in battle than to look upon the outrage of our nation and our altar.

You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word. It is victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terrors. Victory, however long and hard the road may be, for without victory there is no survival.

Winston Churchill

Kathleen B. said...

quoting George Galloway is like quoting Lyndon Larouche.

leeontheroad said...

then there are just average Brits, such as a dear friend who writes in response to my reach-out mail;

"All fine, though a bit shaken by today's events (especially after euphoria of yesterday, getting the Olympics). My mum is often in London on business on Thursdays, but fortunately not today."

For cripes sake, taking this opportunity to harp on the British left is crass-- as crass as folk who took the opportunity to criticize the entire US nation for our supposed "smugness." The latter was also heartless. I would think we could do better via a vis an historical ally.

Sloanasaurus said...

"....quoting George Galloway is like quoting Lyndon Larouche.."


Kathleen B. said...

if you want a real quote from the "British Left" try Red Ken:

"That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. ... Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved ...

Finally, I wish to speak directly to those who came to London today to take life.

I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others - that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail.

In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.

They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don't want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail."


that is a real statement from the Left; one I am proud of.

Sloanasaurus said...

Yes, but Red Ken needs a lot more statements like that to make up for many of his previous remarks. Just recently he was referring to islamic extremeist clerics as tolerent folk. And of course his famous line about Bush being the greatest evil in the world.

L. Ron Halfelven said...

Quoting George Galloway would be like quoting Lyndon Larouche if Lyndon Larouche were a congressman.