Thursday, July 07, 2005

The London Terror Attacks

This morning, four explosions rocked London in the most recent terrorist attack against the U.S. and its allies. At present, 40 are confirmed dead and more wounded and a group associated with al Qaeda has claimed responsibility, though that claim is as yet unconfirmed. My thoughts and prayers go out to the victims of today's attack and my condemnation to the perpetrators of this shameful crime. As much as I agree that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are unjustified and wrong, and I blame Bush for so much hurt in this world, nothing excuses a horrendous act like this. Something like this really makes all the little problems seem kinda pointless and inane, doesn't it?


Anonymous sheldiz said...

hey jenn -- right on. my parents are in europe right now (due in london tomorrow)... kind of puts everything in perspective. =)

7/07/2005 11:37:00 AM  
Blogger phillyjay said...

I got family in london.Called them up just to make sure they're ok.Like sheldiz says puts a lot of things in perspective.It's also really scary.

7/07/2005 03:20:00 PM  
Blogger Jenn said...

philly, your family is alright i hope?

things kinda really sunk in around when i started reading a reporter's description of the fourth explosion site...

7/07/2005 04:18:00 PM  
Anonymous Kaede said...

Oke, I am calm now. I live in Edinburgh and we also had a bomb scare this afternoon - the whole of the city centre was shut down and police and ambulances all over the place (according to hubby who was stuck down there). I had to go lay down for a bit as I almost ended up hysterical.

He made it home oke, as did one of our friends who was on the train before one of the ones that blew up (he almost ended up on that train....a very sobering thought). They've been told it's work as usual tomorrow but he's not going in (he commutes from Swindon - near Bristol) as he's too traumatised himself...

I wrote a post in my LJ about it - my dad called to see how we were doing after he heard about it on the news at work. We had our usual difference of opinion over the reasons for it (I firmly believe that George Galloway was exactly on the money with his statement) but we both agreed it was a heinous act committed by cowards. It just makes me sick that people are so willing to commit murder and mayhem in the name of religion. Our condolences are with those who lost family and friends.

I just hope that nothing more untoward happens this week and that these G8 people will go away as quickly as they came and leave us all in peace.

7/07/2005 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger phillyjay said...

Yeah, my brother and his family are fine jenn.They're really shaken, but fine.Thanks for asking.Things are really starting to get out of hand.The war on terrorism is suppose to prevent things like this.

7/07/2005 09:46:00 PM  
Anonymous Kaede said...

As long as people invade other countries in the name of terrorism, there will always be things like this. They feel they have nothing to lose, and while I don't agree with it in any way, I understand why it's happened. Or at least I feel I do.

(I am totally anti-war btw)

This 'war' on terrorism has only succeeded in having them bring the terrorism to us. That is my view anyway.

Glad to hear your brother and his family are oke, Phillyjay....

7/08/2005 08:22:00 AM  
Anonymous unfurling said...

London is dealing with it. I was on the tube yesterday and today and it's right back to normal.

Most Londoners, me included, feel a weird sense of relief: Of course this was going to happen at some point. Now it has, and if I'm typing this, I dodged the bullet. Perhaps we can collectively exhale now?

Quite an ego-centric view I know, but that's what terrorism on your doorstep does: It's between the terrorist and YOU.

Rufus Wainwright has a song called Waiting for a Dream which I've interpreted as an expression of the climate of very personal fear post 9/11:

"Yesterday I heard the plague is coming
Once again, to find me"

Sometimes when he sings live he changes "plague" to "plane"

7/09/2005 06:56:00 AM  
Anonymous Kaede said...

I wish I could feel the same way. I feel as if there's a hammer or something hanging over Edinburgh, just waiting to be dropped on us, even tho the G8 stuff is over and done with (at least I hope it is...). The friend I mentioned in a previous post here has quit his job in London and refuses to work there again because of this. He has a child on the way, and can't afford anything to happen to him (at least that he has little to no control over) and is just plain fed up with the commute. I'm sure he is terrified as well and frankly, I don't blame him.

I admire you for getting right back out there and going about your day as if nothing happened, even tho it did. It takes a lot of guts imho.

7/09/2005 10:30:00 PM  

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