Thursday, July 07, 2005

Bush Got London Bombed

"Democracy don't rule the world, You'd better get that in your head; This world is ruled by violence, But I guess that's better left unsaid." Bob Dylan

London gets the 2012 Olympics. Then London gets bombed. From euphoria to devastation in less than 24 hours. At least 40 people killed, more than 500 injured. And as we know all too well, the numbers will climb.

Just like the death toll continues to climb in Iraq, where inexplicably Tony Blair joined George Bush in America's unholy war. And that's why London was bombed, according to the terrorists' statement, which also threatened Denmark and Italy, the other two countries supporting America with troops in Iraq.

The claims of "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" are still being authenticated, but of course it was al-Qaeda. The precision timing and careful placement, calculated for maximum carnage -- all hallmarks of the Best of the Worst at their evil trade. Many believe the bombs were meant to coincide with G-8, but then why not bomb Scotland, where the leaders of everything Western hated by al-Qaeda are gathered? Not enough damage, not a big enough statement. Why take out 10 top guys when you can kill hundreds of average, innocent citizens -- and in a new venue.

The irony of the Olympic selection process is heightened now. Madrid, not considered by most committee members a viable candidate for security reasons, based on the commuter train terrorist bombings there last year. Was this yet another message? Probably not, al-Qaeda isn't that subtle, and the London bombing seems too long planned. But of course we'll never know.

What we do know is that all major cities are constantly, continuously at risk. Time passes without an attack and our guard goes down, we relax, become complacent. After all, who could possibly live under a constant state of siege readiness for sustained periods of time? Soldiers in Iraq and Afghanistan, that's who. And now all the rest of us are back in that terrible place called Fear.

Regardless of terrorists, until we get the hell out of Iraq, soldiers and ordinary citizens alike will continue to die.

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Blogger Stef the engineer said...

Sorry, I like reading your blog, and suspect we have similar views on most things, but Bush & Blair didn't get London bombed. Make no mistake; I don't approve of what they did, and are still doing, in Iraq. Yes, it gives the misguided pillocks who carried out this act an excuse, but if we weren't there, there would be another excuse. Bluntly, the terrorist threat is now the new reality. The people to blame were those with the explosives. Bush and Blair are idiots with over-simplistic views of the world obtained from children's comics, but that in no way gives anyone the right to carry out acts like the London, Madrid or Bali bombings, or 9/11 (which predates Iraq, so required a different excuse), or any other act which tries to balance out misery and brutality by inflicting more misery and brutality, in some sort of warped "mathematics of pain." Also, bombs in London are nothing new. I still remember the IRA bombings while I was living there. The difference is, at least, now the US are supporting us, rather than taking collections in Boston bars for those who planted the explosives.

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