I was shocked and horrified to learn of the destruction of Thursday's terror attacks. It brought to America's mind the morning of September 11th. To me Londoners are very strong people. Having gone through the Blitz during the second World War and enduring many IRA attacks, Londoners have never waivered against defeat, whatever the cost. I commend PM Blair for his resiliance and also for his friendship towards Mr Bush and the American people. Our alliance has never been stronger and long may it continue to be strong.
I was born a few years after the Second World War, but we've had quite a few attacks by the IRA in recent years. Yes, we're pretty tough here in London, because it's the only way to survive, and life must go on.
Before baseball's all-star game, there was a moment of silence for those affected by the London bombings. Plus the Detroit Symphony Orchestra brass played "God Save The Queen". It was quite moving as over 50,000 people in the stadium sang along.
Glad that the police are making great strides in catching the evildoers.
Thank you yet again for your concern and love for us all. This world would be a wonderful place with more people like you.
Something like this is very frightening for those directly involved, which is why they have done it. But, they have no idea of the fortitude of the British. I'll try and give you an example.
During the London Blitz, things were very bad indeed with thousands of civilians killed. People walked to work the following mornings, going right past the destruction of the night before. The Nazis (and Hitler) were convinced they had us on the run, until the following item appeared in "The Times" newspaper.
It was a statement from London Fire Service (Brigade) and it said, very simply:
"In view of the current situation, the brigade regrets it will be unable to answer calls to rescue cats stuck in trees".
Hi Natasha, thanks for your concern. I guess we are already getting used to this terrorism, just as we did during the IRA bombings not so many years ago. It wasn't just London of course - my hometown Manchester was hit badly at one time - Birmingham too. But life goes on; as it had to for you, even after 9/11.
Hayley's Kenwood concert took place in London only two days after the first bombings two weeks ago and the place was full. I don't think anyone stayed away - and it was much the same (on a smaller scale) at the Pony Centre on the following day. Nobody that I spoke to even mentioned the bombs at either event. I think the more that these people do it, the more determined everbody will be to carry on as normal. But we are of course particularly vigilant now - and in the end, the poor excuses for human beings who organise and conduct these atrocities will be dealt with.
It does kinda seem like the bad guys have learned a lesson or two, that several small attacks in a wave can be more effective than one hit-and-run attack, but I think this one was a failure as they tagged no one. Glad to see everyone is ok, but this nonsense makes my blood boil, and you know what makes it boil even more? These people who say that this kind of behavior is somehow justified and that if the west was nicer to the Arab world we wouldn't have these problems. Uh huh, and Chamberlain purchased peace in our time at Munich. There is only one way to deal with this, and that's to hunt down those responsible and kill them where they live, legal niceties be blasted.
I know Hayley reads here once in a while, and I know it probably saddens her to read this kind of thing, but there really is nothing more we can say at this point.
Thank you for your good wishes again, but I hope this isn't going to be a regular occurrence.
I missed the bombs yesterday because I went to Southend for a breath of sea air, but people were talking about it on the train coming back to London. Apparently the explosions were all minor, and the disruption was much less than on 7th July, so Central London was open when I got back in the late afternoon. At least the police have got much more evidence this time, but unfortunately the bombers are still on the loose.
I too could'nt believe it when I heard the news yesterday, and again today there was another close call.
I think the British intelligence services will be on the hunt straight away and I hope they catch the rest of these scum. I believe the actually shot one suspect today as he was about to board a tube train. Close one.
Hi all, I was very suprised that you had the 2nd time a real bomb attack during 2 weeks in London. Last time July 9th. I had the feeling in the tube that there is no danger frthermore. But now suddenty I think the danger is present again and it is not over for London. It is a real lucky that the bombs were not exploded but the igniter only. All the best to you. And I hope we will not get more problems made by terrorists. cu Lothar