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Today we are all Londoners
The Australian ^ | 8th July 2005

Posted on 07/07/2005 10:55:02 PM PDT by naturalman1975

LAST night's attacks on the London Underground and the bombing of buses in the city are an evil omen for the British capital's Olympic win. Just who is responsible for this awful attack is not yet known and it is important blame is not attributed before the facts are clear. But it seems plain the attack was timed to coincide with the meeting of the G8 in Scotland and perhaps the Olympics announcement. It is a stark statement of the terrorists' evil intent, their contempt for the aspirations of ordinary people and their disdain for the ability of democracies to address the world's problems at meetings such as the G8. It is impossible to identify any rational purpose these evil acts can achieve. Whoever the attackers are, killing commuters on their way to work makes no sense. It only serves to unite all decent people in sympathy for the innocent victims and their families.

Yesterday's Olympic announcement, the joy of which now already seems so very long ago, testified to London's global standing – and demonstrated how and why London will rebound from these murderous attacks. We must not forget, London has been through all this before: for two decades, the city was under intermittent siege from IRA bombers and for them, too, the London Underground was a particular focus of terror. Londoners coped with that assault with gritty determination and decency, and all early reports coming through last night suggested the same attitude today.

For nearly four hundred years, London has been a global city, and an engine-room for democratic and civilised values. Terrorists can set off as many bombs as they wish: they cannot win against a tradition that is inherently superior to theirs because it respects human life and the desire for freedom. So they will try to destroy what they cannot defeat in democratic debate. The awarding of the Olympics to London was a testament to the city's economic success and self-confidence, especially since the reforms of Thatcherism unlocked the productive potential of the British people. The Games, after all, go to cities with the energy and ability to make them a success. Staging the Games is the sign of a great city. In this case the London victory showed the city was back. And London will bounce back from this attack – to stage a spectacular festival of sport and culture in 2012. Just as the world united behind New York on September 11, 2001, this morning we are all Londoners.


TOPICS: Australia/New Zealand; Editorial; United Kingdom; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: london; londonattacked

1 posted on 07/07/2005 10:55:02 PM PDT by naturalman1975
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To: naturalman1975

No thanks--I have Jesus.

2 posted on 07/07/2005 11:06:55 PM PDT by SkyPilot (Eliminate, eradicate, and stamp out redundancy!)
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To: naturalman1975

We here in the US certainly understand the horror that London experienced today. We watched in total disbelief as our country was attacked by these murdering scum. My heart goes out to the British who now know first hand that this is no religion of peace they have among them.


3 posted on 07/07/2005 11:10:55 PM PDT by ladyinred
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To: naturalman1975
It is impossible to identify any rational purpose these evil acts can achieve. Whoever the attackers are, killing commuters on their way to work makes no sense. It only serves to unite all decent people in sympathy for the innocent victims and their families.

My sincere condolences are with London, but until they begin to deal with just who the enemy is they won't begin to defeat him...and that goes for us as well. It is fully rational, within a certain Islamist mindset, to do these actions. They are not insane, they are ardent adherents to a religion that is a force for evil in the world. That is not to say all muslims are evil or even bad people. Many are not as ardent in their adherence to the strict interpretation of Islam that the Islamists do...but make no mistake, they are being faithful to the quran and to the history and actions of Muhammad. We can puzzle about it, but world conquest is indeed the goal of Islam...and I'm not being melodramatic, simply factual.

4 posted on 07/07/2005 11:27:28 PM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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To: naturalman1975; nwrep

Changed my profile to United Kingdom to show solidarity, just as nwrep has.


5 posted on 07/07/2005 11:33:14 PM PDT by John Filson
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To: naturalman1975

Police officers raise a British flag in front of the State Department in Washington, D.C., Thursday, July 7, 2005, in remembrance of those killed in the London bombings. (AP Photo/Yuri Gripas)

It was the first time a foreign flag has been raised at the State Department.

6 posted on 07/07/2005 11:53:29 PM PDT by martin_fierro (< |:)~)
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To: SkyPilot

"I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me."

John 14:6

7 posted on 07/07/2005 11:55:27 PM PDT by SkyPilot (Eliminate, eradicate, and stamp out redundancy!)
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To: ladyinred
My heart goes out to the British who now know first hand that this is no religion of peace they have among them.

****

Yes.

8 posted on 07/07/2005 11:56:01 PM PDT by beyond the sea (No more legitimate hearing room ever again, Conyers......... to the broom closet ! ;-))
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To: beyond the sea

AMEN!


9 posted on 07/07/2005 11:57:29 PM PDT by Empireoftheatom48 (God bless our troops!! Our President and those who fight against the awful commie, liberal left!!)
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To: naturalman1975

"Injured tube passengers are escorted away from Edgware Road Tube Station in London following an explosion Thursday. Near-simultaneous explosions rocked the London subway and at least one double-decker bus at the morning rush hour Thursday. (AP)

10 posted on 07/07/2005 11:57:32 PM PDT by SkyPilot (Eliminate, eradicate, and stamp out redundancy!)
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To: naturalman1975

The Islamofascists who did this are beyond filth. I hope they rot in the worst British prison available and meet up with the Brit equivalent of "Bubba the Bruiser".


11 posted on 07/08/2005 12:04:04 AM PDT by NotJustAnotherPrettyFace
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To: SkyPilot

Amen, Amen.

6oo yrs. that I am aware of we have been standing in full Armour against that Right Rad Muslim Uncivility.

Amongst all other pillar crushing causes.

I had a work mate tell me today the history of the Crescant (bread).


12 posted on 07/08/2005 12:20:07 AM PDT by oceanperch (Oregon Coast Rocks. Pride of the Pacific Northwest.)
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To: beyond the sea

We had a family friend who had a loved one injured in the gutless act.

He will be ok but out of commission for a bit.

My Prayers to the Civil Brits.

Honestly we have Americans here who reek havoc on the communtiy for no cause other than there souless drug habits...it is not good worldwide.

Thank God we have a healthy Population of Civil and Good Natured Citizens here in America.

No Fear.


13 posted on 07/08/2005 12:27:03 AM PDT by oceanperch (Oregon Coast Rocks. Pride of the Pacific Northwest.)
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To: naturalman1975

The press is just exagerrating things. Terrorist attacks can't be prevented. Pretty soon we will hear Germany to have a terrorist attack. How could you prevent it? The people killed in these terrorist attacks is peanuts compared to the people killed in WWII. The best thing the press should do is to advise people to pray. That's the best solution.


14 posted on 07/08/2005 1:06:23 AM PDT by Ramonchito
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To: naturalman1975

15 posted on 07/08/2005 1:18:28 AM PDT by DTogo (U.S. out of the U.N. & U.N out of the U.S.)
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To: naturalman1975

bttt


16 posted on 07/08/2005 1:22:43 AM PDT by nopardons
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To: John Filson
Changed my profile to United Kingdom to show solidarity, just as nwrep has.

Thanks, friend. Much appreciated, believe me.

17 posted on 07/08/2005 2:55:36 AM PDT by agere_contra
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To: All

Sorry--my post was meant for another thread. I apologize.


18 posted on 07/08/2005 4:21:32 AM PDT by SkyPilot (Eliminate, eradicate, and stamp out redundancy!)
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To: highlander_UW
I am tired of the phrase, "All Muslims are not of the same mindset of these terrorists,Islam is a religion of peace.

The deafening silence of Muslim leaders leads me to believe that the above statement is not true. It's time for us to get our heads out of the sand and face this threat head on.

19 posted on 07/08/2005 4:40:03 AM PDT by estrogen (I)
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To: agere_contra

You're most welcome.


20 posted on 07/08/2005 9:06:52 AM PDT by John Filson
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To: estrogen
I am tired of the phrase, "All Muslims are not of the same mindset of these terrorists,Islam is a religion of peace.

I never said Islam is a religion of peace, in fact, I stated that the terrorists are adhering to a strict interpretation of Islam as well as keeping to the historical precedence of Muhammad. They are in their minds holding to a true form of Islam, and appear to be doing so accurately...which is to say, Islam is a cult that justifies murder, rape, slavery and military conquest. That being said, not all muslims interpret their religion in that fashion. I believe the great silence is because in their heart of hearts, they realize that the terrorists ARE practicing true Islam...albeit a radical one. But not all muslims are terrorists, and not all approve of terrorism.

21 posted on 07/08/2005 10:15:52 AM PDT by highlander_UW (I don't know what my future holds, but I know Who holds my future)
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