By now everyone will have heard the news – bombs on the buses and tubes in London this morning. It’s still pretty hazy as to how many have been killed or injured, or as to who’s behind it, claims of responsibility aside. My thoughts go out to everyone in central London today – I’m still waiting to hear from some of my friends in the city.
The terrorists won’t gain anything from this. I know Londoners – I lived there during the last IRA bombing campaign. They’ll just get back on with their lives and fuck the murderous bastards who think that killing innocent civilians on buses and trains is a reasonable way to go about pursuing their political and ideological aims.
The one thing we musn’t do as a nation – eloquently put by Nick Barlow, quoting Martin Luther King – is to react without thinking and start flailing around looking for people to attack in mindless revenge. Nor must we alter our own society beyond recognition in the name of security. We’ve survived worse than this – think of the blitz – and there’s no way a comparatively small number of murderous fanatics – whoever they are – are going to bring down our society. But let’s not start doing their work for them, eh?