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London 'terror attacks'



Originally uploaded by lotsofbigideas.

In the words of the BBC's web site, the UK papers this morning are reverberating with shock over the terrorist attacks in London.

But some of us are asking whether we brought this upon ourselves?

Not that I'm suggesting for one minute that such cruel acts can in any way be justified. But today I just feel so utterly depressed, and I can't help thinking that there was a terrible inevitability to it all.

Because you can't declare a 'war on terror' without making yourself a target of that 'terror'.

It's already interesting to note the language being used to report the news. The Daily Star's editorial is already referring to yesterday's events as '7/7' and talking about how Britain's staunch citizens survived the Blitz and must similarly now stand firm. So, we really are at war, then...

I don't know what to think anymore. If these attacks do indeed turn out to be the work of an al-Quaeda related group, then they have played right into Bush and Blair's hands. This is all the justification they need to continue aggressive policies in the Middle East.

I've spoken to a few of my London-based friends from Syria, Iran and Iraq over the last few hours. They are feeling a mixture of grief, shame (unjustified, of course), and fear at what this might now mean for refugees from the Middle East living in the UK.

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posted by Blogger Krupskaya at 9:19 pm

My sympathy to you and your country, and those in your country who may be unfairly targeted because of this. Your mixed feelings sound familiar to me -- I said some of the same things to Mr. Krup after 9/11.    



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