EbolaFan is in good shape, was very lucky he wasn’t on the tube from Aldgate…that makes me feel a little icky. He was my first kiss and was very close to being one of the 38 dead.
Now let me get one thing straight before I get pissed off. I am a pacifist. I am anti-war. I am also anti-terrorism. The two are not mutually exclusive. Kiling/maiming/deliberately hurting someone else so that you get your own way is not on. As far as I am concerned whether you launch a major offensive on Iraq or set off six bombs in central London during rush hour you are wrong and bad and not doing a good thing at all.
However the one ex-MP and the one blog that I have read (and I am sure there are a million more) who are both claiming that George Bush is responsible for the London bombings are wrong. (Hey look my blog…my opinion!)
Much as I dislike Bush and his decisions, much as I hate the stupid lies that got Britain into Iraq, much as I protested Afghanistan and Iraq, you can’t pin London on him. (And come on theres enough that he is responsible for without blaming him for things he didn’t do!)
As far as I can see growing up in the UK in the 80s means that you ought to have a basic knowledge of terrorism (no not nearly as much as someone growing up in Israel or Palestine or Iraq right now), but a basic working knowledge. Enough to know that the responsibility for the bomb lies with the person who sets the detonator. The person who plants the bomb is the person who kills and maims and deliberately hurts the people caught in the blast. Doesn’t matter what caused them to decide to place the bomb, doesn’t matter who because the decision to plant a bomb is a wrong one.
Maybe I’m just an indoctrinated product of John Craven’s Newsround but as far as I’m concerned as soon as you start buying into the stated reason of the terrorist for their planting the bomb you’re validating their bombing. You’re saying it’s a reasonable decision and it’s not. It never is.