Skip to comments.World Stands With London After Attacks
Posted on 07/07/2005 9:23:02 AM PDT by Syco
PARIS - World leaders condemned the deadly attacks in London Thursday and quickly ordered security stepped up in their own countries, vowing to cooperate to track down the attackers in a globe-spanning pledge of solidarity.
Spain, bitterly familiar with terror after train bombings in Madrid killed 191 people last year, put its security forces on maximum alert, posting army and police units to watch over airports, train stations and shopping centers.
The government of Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero offered its "unconditional help to chase the criminals who perpetrated such a repugnant attack."
A similar response came from France, the object of attacks in the 1990s. Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin ordered the alert level raised and promised Britain the "immediate, full and complete collaboration" of French intelligence.
"It is a drama for Great Britain. It is a drama for all of Europe," Villepin said.
In Washington, the Homeland Security Department asked authorities in major cities for heightened vigilance of major transport systems. In the U.S. capital, bomb-sniffing dogs and armed police patrolled subways and buses.
In Denmark, former Foreign Minister Mogens Lykketoft said what others were remembering with likely dread: "This is the continuation of Sept. 11 and the attacks in Madrid ... No one can feel safe."
Russian President Vladimir Putin said terror attacks demand universal condemnation and unity, according to a Kremlin spokesman. Moscow officials ordered stepped-up security measures for the Russian capital's underground transportation system, a subway official said.
German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder stressed the need for fighting terrorism "with all the means at our disposal."
As in many other European countries, Belgian Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt called an emergency response meeting to assess security measures in Brussels, which houses the European Union and NATO.
In Strasbourg, France, seat of the European Parliament, European Parliament President Josep Borrell, of Spain, expressed condolences "to all suffering consequences of these barbaric attacks."
"As a citizen of a country that only last year experienced the horrors of such terrible attacks, I want to send a message of solidarity with British people .... We will never let atrocities or terrorism defeat the values of peace and democracy."
At Vatican City, Pope Benedict XVI called the attacks "barbaric acts against humanity," and said in a telegram to Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, archbishop of Westminster, that he was praying for families of the victims.
"This is all wanton violence," Irish Prime Minister Bertie Ahern said after an audience with the pope.
Security in Copenhagen's new driverless underground system was stepped up, and, in Norway, the Foreign Ministry summoned its crisis team. In the Swedish capital, Stockholm, top police chiefs met.
Candles appeared in front of the British Embassy in Warsaw, Poland, shortly after news of the attacks flashed around the world.
Australia's national counterterrorism group met late Thursday, and Canberra set up a hot line for relatives of the hundreds of thousands Australians who live in Britain.
In Turkey, Foreign Minister Abdullah Gul urged greater international cooperation against terrorism, saying it is a mistake "if we make a distinction between 'my terrorist and his terrorist.'"
France will give Britain "immediate, full and complete collaboration" of French intelligence. Spain offers "unconditional help to chase the criminals who perpetrated such a repugnant attack." Germany will fight terrorism "with all the means at our disposal."
Gimme a break!
The Old Europeans are such a bunch of spineless hypocrites in this war, that there words sting my ears. If the reaction of Europe after 9/11 is any indication, they'll act like friends for a few weeks and then begin to attack the victims. Le Monde is probably already preparing tomorrow's front page with an expose on how today's bombings are a direct result of Britain's Imperial past.
In short, it won't be long until they have forgotten the passion of this moment and begin to defend the Religion of Peace and attack the West as the source of all evil in the world. Of course Air America won't be far behind.
Which means about as much as donating one million dollars in Monopoly money...
the world will stand with England as long as England doesn't do anything. the second England takes action against these scum "the world" will turn it's back on them.
Just like they all stood with us after 9/11....for about a week and a half
Oddly, with the exception of Turkey, I don't see any mention of the Muslim world in this story.
They don't give sh*t about others but themselves.
We should have left Europe to die after WWII.
We've not heard anything from Moveon.org, Michael More, John Kerry, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy and all those other folks who poo poo terrorism.
Where are they today?
This seems odd. Spain capitulated to Terror, why would they be in any danger now?
Yeah, that one got me too.
Working on talking points on how our Iraq policy is responsible for this.
"World Stands With London After Attacks"
As they should, but if I remember correctly, that's the same tune we heard here after 9/11. A few weeks later, that tune was much different.
Huh? But they pulled their troops out of Iraq! < end sarcasm >
You have a good point. What we're actually seeing is an attack on the "Anglosphere", which is the only hope for Western democratic values and civilization that's left.
Titles like this make me barf. What exactly does that mean? "We agree, those attacks were bad!"
They should be careful who they blame in the wake of Dick Durbin and his comments ... .
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