Thursday, July 07, 2005

Pointless London Bombings

What a senseless slaughter.

I'm struck by how incoherent the news from London seems. I learnt of the explosions some hours after they occurred, and put CNN on. They repeated the 2 killed estimate for several hours, and reported Tony Blair's statement that it was a terrorist attack as a 'claim'. notes George Galloway emphasized the "working-class" origins of the victims. The left-wing mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, said much the same thing. American references to 'average Americans' on 9/11 was not a comment on class, but on the random destiny that befell people of all walks of life who happened to be at the wrong place at the wrong time. At least, through their own red-tinted lens, the British Left is condemning the attacks, although Galloway blames the government for provoking it.

Our prayers for the British in their time of sorrow.

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