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Senseless

07.06.06

July 7, 2005, this was the scene in London. Less than 24 hours after the city jubilantly celebrated being awarded the 2012 Olympics, terror struck on the London public transport network, claiming 57 lives and shaking the city, country and world to the core.

There was little evidence of the scene a year ago as I rode the Underground around London last week. There are posters up everywhere urging vigilance about things like unattended baggage or suspicious characters, much like those in the New York City subway, but for the most part it seemed to be business as usual (complete with typical line delays and suspensions wreaking commuter havoc).

One year ago, people were reacting in shock and horror. But today, even as memorial services are held, what has changed? Can we really say that things have improved, any more than we were able to say so a year, or two, or three, or four after the 9/11 attacks rocked New York? Whether people are fearful of threatened “anniversary attacks”, still mourning personal losses, or trying to come to grips with “what it all means”, it’s hard to find any lessons to learn here. Maybe that is the lesson after all; terrorism is senseless and teaches us nothing beyond what we already knew, that it is terrible and must be wiped out. Maybe to reach for any other lessons is to attribute too useful a purpose to such a senseless act. I don’t know, and I don’t pretend to have the answers.

Today, London and the whole world remembers. Another senseless anniversary, another senseless tragedy.

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Via Damian Penny, this disgusting tidbit:

Advisers appointed by Tony Blair after the London bombings are proposing to scrap the Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day because it is regarded as offensive to Muslims. They want to replace it with a Genocide Day that would recognise the mass murder of Muslims in Palestine, Chechnya and Bosnia as well as people of other faiths.

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The committees argue that the special status of Holocaust Memorial Day fuels extremists’ sense of alienation because it “excludes” Muslims.

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Ibrahim Hewitt, chairman of the charity Interpal, said: “There are 500 Palestinian towns and villages that have been wiped out over the years. That’s pretty genocidal to me.”

I’d call it chutzpah of the worst kind, but that would be an insult… to the term.

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“Maverick opinion”

08.01.2005

The British ambassador to Israel, Simon McDonald, reaches out to Israel in an article in Maariv and rips into Ken Livingstone for his spoutings since 7/7: Other opinions widely reported in Israel reflect neither the views of the British Government nor of the British people. Ken Livingstone speaks only for himself on this issue. His […]

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Terrorism bred from hate, not despair

07.27.2005

Back in 2003, a stir was caused by this New York Times op-ed that, seemingly flying in the face of logic, argued that poverty doesn’t cause terrorism: The stereotype that terrorists are driven to extremes by economic deprivation may never have held anywhere, least of all in the Middle East. New research by Claude Berrebi, […]

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Oh my god

07.21.2005

4 more bombings on London transit have been reported: Minor explosions using detonators only have sparked the evacuation of three Tube stations and the closure of three lines, a BBC correspondent has said. Police cordoned off large areas around Warren Street, Oval and one of the Shepherd’s Bush Tube stations. A route 26 bus in […]

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Guardian fawns over Hamas

07.15.2005

Just a week after London was hit with one of the worst terrorist attacks in memory, the Guardian fawns over Hamas. Sickening.

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Well that made sense…

07.08.2005

In the wake of yesterday’s bombings in London, one of the first announcements made from the G8 summit was a pledge of 3 billion in aid to the Palestinians. Sure, because everyone knows the first thing we should do after being hit with a terrorist attack is give money to terrorists…

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What it all means

07.07.2005

While reading online reactions, listening to the radio and hearing people speak today, something kept nagging at me. And that was this: We can all (well, those of us who aren’t of the terrorist persuasion anyway) agree to be shocked, horrified and sympathetic when something like this happens. As far as that goes, we’re all […]

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Bombers hunted

07.07.2005

Britain has launched an intensive hunt for the terrorists responsible for today’s attacks to “bring them to justice”. What would justice be for them, I wonder? A trial and sentencing to imprisonment or death? Torture? Mass murder? No, I think justice – true justice – for them would be having to observe freedom persevere and […]

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Balaam’s ass

07.07.2005

London Mayor Ken Livingstone, in a statement this afternoon: 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. To be fair, the […]

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