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Thursday, July 07, 2005

TDEC report - couldn't call it unexpected

For the moment I am at my seaside rendez-vous with Slag. This means that I am not in England. Of course even if I weren’t here the chances of my being in London would be slim.

How come I’m so frightened?

Maybe the London Underground bombings are so terrifying because we all knew it could happen – the Tube is such an obvious target for terrorism, and ever since 9/11 people in London have been keenly aware of it. Plans were drawn up and rehearsed accordingly for this kind of contingency. But nothing could really be done to stop it. Now there are at least 37 lives we could not save.

Amid the flurry of reactions from all corners of the British Parliament, only the Member of Parliament for Bethnal Green and Bow (a London constituency), George Galloway stated the blatantly obvious:
’Respect MP George Galloway said the attacks were "despicable but not remotely unpredictable". ’

Galloway and his party are not the most reliable voices to be heard, nor is Respect quite what it claims to be (something of a pity, as they sometimes sound like the party Labour used to want to be; but not without hints of Animal Farm). All the same I am glad that somebody said it. This type of terrorism cannot be stopped, as we have known or suspected all along. For all of Tony’s shouting No Surrender, I don’t believe he, or Bush, or Ferenc Gyursány could stop this type of attack if it happened again.

Another reason why these bombings are frightening is because they happened in London. London is in so many ways culturally central to Europe, and of all its cities, this one is perhaps the one that most of us feel close to in some way. People will undoubtedly say now that Europe is under siege and forget that this implies the there is an „inside” where we are safe, city walls that will protect us. I say terrorism is being brought home to all of us in who live within these EU walls.

Perhaps the most threatening element in all this violence is how large scale and indiscriminate it is – Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London voices this view eloquently:

„This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers. It was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. Indiscriminate slaughter irrespective of any consideration for age, class, religion, whatever. That isn't an ideology. It isn't even a perverted faith. It is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder.”

Politics will go on. The G8 will meet, Tony will have one more excuse to turn into Darth Vader and/or Margaret Thatcher, Bush will have one more reason to wage his war, these new fears will be used and abused, and most of us will try to get on with our lives and try not to think of the explosions, of why it happened and of where it could happen again.



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