Friday, July 08, 2005

A Few Thoughts

Some credit must be given to the G8 protesters for their brilliant diversionary tactics which ensured half the Met was chasing eco-warriors round Stirling.

Naturally the first thought of the Government will be for extra vigilance - against the danger of Islamophobia. We would not want to see a repetition of the ghastly attacks which took place in the days after 9/11.

Ken Livingstones made an entertaining speech, pointing out that the bombs didn't meet his requirements for good terrorism, as they weren't aimed at politicians.
The friend of the IRA (who never targeted civilians) then pointed out that mass immigration was still on the increase.

In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.

The BBC wheeled out Chris Doyle, of the Council for the Advancement of Arab-British Understanding (the man who thinks toasting St George is "deeply insensitive") to point out that Muslims were as likely as anyone else to have been victims. All very true. He didn't speculate on the likely identity of the perpetrators.

As Mr Crozier points out, while the past may not be a guide to the future, the lessons of the IRA campaign are sombre ones. Mark Steyn's not optimistic either.

Notwithstanding all that, the response of the Londoners on the ground seems to have been excellent, and the emergency services well-organised.

I haven't really taken note of the responses of the usual suspects (SWP, Galloway etc) but Blimpish has.

UPDATE - I'm looking forward to MP Chris Mullin's condemnation of the attacks.

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