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Twenty four little hours
July 8, 2005, 10:51 am
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Not quite up to my habitual blog silliness, for obvious reasons. Just continuing to digest yesterday’s events in London. As we woke up yesterday, most of us were feeling buoyed up by the news that London had won the 2012 Olympic bid. But this morning we woke up to watch continuing news coverage of the bomb blasts and their aftermath.

Although Mr Chick was very close to one of the blasts, he was thankfully fine and only had to endure being stuck in his office for a few hours when otherwise he would have been making his way home. Needless to say, I spent much of yesterday evening talking to my friends to make sure they were OK. One friend’s husband was in a meeting yesterday morning and incommunicado for a few hours owing to the mobile phone networks being overloaded, so she endured a worrying couple of hours before she knew he was OK. Another friend’s partner ordinarily would have taken a train to one of the affected stations at around the time the blast took place. Fortunately he had decided to work from home that morning.

Londoners have become very well used to bomb scares because of past IRA terrorist activity. I can’t remember the number of times I was tipped out of my office due to a ‘suspect package’. These incidents, for the most part, were greeted as a welcome extended coffee break, as coworkers sloped off to cafes to sit it out until their building was reopened. But the IRA weren’t usually aiming to kill innocent civilians and they usually issued warnings. So the increasing speculation that the bomb on the bus in Woburn Place may have been a suicide bomber is particularly frightening.

But we must not live in fear, otherwise the terrorists will have achieved their goal. And, as Mr Chick pointed out while we watched the evening news, it’s not unheard of to learn of death tolls of this magnitude on a daily basis in Iraq, but we have become somewhat inured to hearing about it.

A British Muslim man who was on one of the blown up trains appeared on morning TV today and was asked how he felt about the atrocity ‘as a Muslim’. He looked taken aback and not a little hurt, replying he felt the same way that any other ‘human being’ would, regardless of his faith.

Today I am thinking of the families of those who were killed and those who remain critically injured in hospital…

More: already reports of some UK mosques receiving death threats. And no doubt it’s only a matter of time before someone starts whining about current levels of immigration. Here’s hoping this doesn’t turn into another recruitment round for the far right. Depressing thought.

Final update of the day: you might like to read an article in The Mirror by Christopher Hitchens (British-born, US-based columnist for Vanity Fair).

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“We must not live in fear, otherwise the terrorists will have achieved their goal.”

Absolutely spot on. The attacks were an atrocity, but the people of London and Britain aren’t going to let these debased individuals win.

Comment by Hannah

Thank you for writing about this. It’s good to read the personal reflections of someone from the UK, rather than listening to some idiot news pundit blather on about the situation. (Thanks for letting us know your mister was alright yesterday, too.)

Comment by katiedid

it is so good to hear your voice today, UC. xoxoxoxo

Comment by mireille

Exactly, we must refuse to live in fear because then they win!

I agree with everyone’s sentiments that it’s goof to hear your voice today as always!

Comment by Atreau

atreau: i just had to giggle at your typo (“goof”)

thanks for the laugh (really!)

Comment by Urban Chick

A lovely post, UC.

Comment by Meegan

I do not feel I can add any sentiments that you yourself have not already stated. I just wanted to let you know that I am here, thinking of and praying for all.

Comment by KGrams

I am appy to hear you are alright.

Thank you for writting about this subject.

Today, I have a new, intersting post up, that you might find interesting.

Stay safe, my dear!

Comment by BarbaraFromCalifornia

The September 11, 2001 attack in the USA was the best thing to happen to the far right movement ever. If not for 9-11-2001 Bush would not have been re-elected.

Just keep that in mind.

Comment by The Lazy Iguana

UC, Thank you for this post. It is really nice to hear your thoughts on this matter.

Comment by GodlessMom

What a relief for you that Mr Chick is OK.

This blogger has an unusual take on it…
http://prisonerno3.blogspot.com/

Comment by Justine




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