London Police Say Deaths From Attacks Will Rise
Bloomberg.com, July 11 ’05
Metropolitan Police Chief Sir Ian Blair said today he’s sure the death toll from last week’s terrorist attacks in London will rise above 52…
A total of 700 people were hurt in the blasts, with 22 of them in serious or critical condition, police said…
The last major al-Qaeda attack in Europe was in Madrid on March 11, 2004, when 191 people were killed …. Bombers in Istanbul killed more than 60 people in attacks in November 2003…
The murder of innocent people or non-combatants is not justified for any reason. The tactic of terrorism or terror-bombing and the killing of civilians, intended or not, is just as immoral when it is carried out by governments in war. When the U.S. and other nations bombed Afghanistan and Iraq, their bombs destroyed the lives and property of non-combatants.
To avoid killing civilians (and conscripts and people trying to defend their own country innocently), governments should not launch wars of aggression, and they should not support foreign occupations which lead to war.
When there are terrorist incidents, they should be treated as crimes, and agents of law enforcement should go after those who are guilty, and cooperate respectfully with foreign leaders and local inhabitants if possible.
But of course, people will think I’m being unrealistic. Their idea of being realistic is to ignore the fact that there is an imperial occupation of every continent – which often makes local people resentful – and to go along with “conservative” leaders who want to set the whole world on fire in the name of “democracy”.
July 7 London Terror Attack: Critics say attacks justify early opposition to Iraq war
Chicago Tribune, July 10 ’05
British Member of Parliament, George Galloway:
“We argued, as did the security services in this country, that the attacks on Afghanistan and Iraq, would increase the threat of terrorist attack in Britain,” he told Parliament on Thursday….
He urged the government “to remove people in this country from harm’s way, as the Spanish government acted to remove its people from harm [after the Madrid bombing], by ending the occupation of Iraq.”
The article says that the British government’s national identity cards proposal will be more difficult to oppose now.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke told the British Broadcasting Corp. that ID cards would not have stopped the London bombings but that such cards had helped Spanish police identify the perpetrators of the Madrid blasts.
Unfortunately, Galloway’s advice is too much like common sense and it makes some people very angry, because they insist on personally identifying with and justifying their own government’s wrongdoings.