July 08, 2006

7/7 - Britain's Fault

LGF points it out. Another example of British self-guilt over last year's subway bombings.


A year on, we in Britain should have now been able to measure the progress and lessons learned from the dreadful London bombings with better intelligence, greater understanding between communities, a deep analysis of the causes and roots of extremism, and thus a greater sense of security. Unfortunately, the reality is that very little of this has been achieved.

We are told by our police and intelligence services that several hundred terrorists may be ready to strike within the UK. We are told that al-Qaida may have infiltrated MI5. We have had the peak of counter-terrorism operations - allegedly to find chemical weapons - resulting in an innocent law abiding citizen being shot, but nothing else. At the same time, the solution in the houses of parliament has been to draft an unprecedented set of laws infringing basic civil liberties, handing victory at once to those who want to change our way of life.

So what have we learnt? Clearly, Tony Blair is still playing deaf and dumb and his comments this week made me think one thing - if he would stop creating terrorists,
perhaps the Muslim community wouldn't have to then root them out for him. Our government continues to fail to recognise that it played a role in the attacks of July 7, but this cannot stand up to even the lightest scrutiny.

Although I personally don't lay the blame for the radicalisation of young Muslim men entirely at the feet of our foreign policy, the release of Shehzad Tanweer's video
suggests at least the tragedy of July 7 was driven in the main by men sympathetic to the plight of thousands of innocent civilians who died because of our government's actions. For those actions, we paid the price with over 50 British civilian lives.

In the analysis of what leads to terrorism, many theories have been propounded. While there are numerous factors such as social issues, fundamentalist influences and disaffection with the government that have been blamed for political extremism, the London bombers did not fall within such a mould. When Blair tells us that we, as a community, are not doing enough to root out terrorists, he is assuming we have influence over any radicalism that exists and that those with extreme views are open about their feelings and intentions. He is refusing to pay heed to the ghost of the bombers telling us exactly why they carried out their ghastly mission. Until this government stops laying the blame and responsibility with those who are largely powerless to prevent terrorism, we will all continue to live in perpetual fear of another strike.

Can one hear talk like that and not think we are at war with Islam? Somebody read the proclamations and acknowledge it.


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