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Thursday, July 07, 2005

LONDON REACTION

* Wembley’s Manjit Dhanjal, who was aboard one of the bombed trains: “At first we just saw some sparks and everyone thought it was a power surge. Then we saw this huge fireball from the carriage at the front and everything went black.”

* US President George W. Bush: “The war on terror goes on.”

* Unidentified young British woman asked by Sky News about the unbandaged and bleeding wound on her leg: “This? This is nothing. Honestly.”

* London Mayor Ken Livingstone: “Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.”

* Tim Brown, an Australian working in London: “I am so angry these bastards have struck to disrupt a gathering of leaders which offers so much hope to so many. Once the buses and tubes are running again we all intend to use them.”

* Silent Running: “Where is Gorgeous Georgie Galloway, MP for Tikrit South, and champion of the oppressed Muslim masses? What will be the first words to pass his odious,lying lips in response to this atrocity? Inquiring minds want to know.”

* MP for Tikrit South 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. Tragically Londoners have now paid the price of the Government ignoring such warnings.”’

* Toby: “He should be detained (as happened to Mosley) in a time of war.”

* Arthur Chrenkoff: “Call for withdrawal from Iraq, and you’re merely echoing public sentiment; call for withdrawal from Afghanistan, and you suddenly remind everyone about the war on terror, Al Qaeda, bin Laden, Taliban - all the nasty things that even the French and the Russians are united against.”

* Australian Prime Minister John Howard: “These sorts of attack will not alter the determination of free countries to do the right thing.”

* London-based Australian tourist Trent Mongan, who’d been in Bali during the 2002 bombings, on Network Seven: “We’ve got to bind together to beat these bastards.”

* Australian Labor Party leader Kim Beazley: “This is an attack on our family.”

* London-based Europhobia: “I tell you what, if this is an “Islamic” terrorist attack, they’re doing a piss-poor job. The pubs are all packed out, people sipping their pints happily, all a tad pissed off, but basically fine with it. Nice one, Al Quaeda - you profess to be from a teetotal religion, and you’ve given the pub trade a massive mid-week boost.”

* Friend Sally, calling to tell me our London mate Stuart was safe: “He’s OK. He never uses public transport.”

* Russian President Vladimir Putin: “What happened today demonstrates yet again that we are doing too little to unite our efforts in the most effective way in the battle against terrorism.”

* We’ll forgive Andrew Sullivan, who forgets the Australians: “How dumb are these fascists to take on the Brits and the Americans?”

* Hamas deputy chief Moussa Abu Marzouk: “Targeting civilians in their transport means and lives is denounced and rejected.”

* Khaled al-Maeena, editor of Arab News: “Whoever did it, whether al-Qaeda or the animal liberation front, they are animals.”

* Editorial in The Australian: “Just as the world united behind New York on September 11, 2001, this morning we are all Londoners.”

More reactions here.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/07/2005 at 11:42 AM
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