Thursday, July 07, 2005

On 9/11 we were all Americans. On 7/7 we are all Britains

You all know by now of the terrorist attack on London and as I was sifting through the news I found an excellent speech by Ken Livingstone, London's Mayor:

"I want to say one thing, specifically to the world today — this was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful, it was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian ... young and old … that isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted fate, it is an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder."
"They seek to divide London, they seek Londoners to turn against each other ... this city of London is the greatest in the world because everybody lives side by side in harmony. Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack."

Livingstone also had words specifically for the terrorists: "I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange to taking others ... but I know you do fear you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society ... in the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railway stations ... you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world, will arrive in London to become Londoners, to fulfill their dream and achieve their potential … whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail."


God Save the U.K.

1 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric...some how I found your blog. And I must say I love your title. "On 9/11 we are all Americans and on 7/7 we are British" I so agree. You made me feel all sorts of Patriotism.

Marianne

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