Headline in the Sydney Morning Herald: “Failed London bomb attacks linked to Iraq: report”. Their source for this? One of the bombers:

A suspect in the failed London bombings on July 21 said the attempted attack was revenge for the US-led military operation in Iraq, according to a newspaper report.

“The bombs of July 7 in London? That happens every day in Iraq,” the suspect, Osman Hussain, was quoted as saying by the daily La Repubblica newspaper during his interrogation.

Osman is right, of course; attacks by suicidal pro-Saddam lunatics do indeed happen every day in Iraq. Difficult to see how this would encourage someone to do the same in London, however.

Posted by Tim B. on 07/31/2005 at 09:35 AM
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      Posted by Jim Treacher on 2005 07 31 at 11:18 AM • permalink


    1. In effect, Osman Hussain is saying:

      “I’m so mad that non-Iraqi muslims are murdering Iraqi muslims, that I, a British muslim, decided to murder British christians, muslims, agnostics, and atheists.”

      Um-kay.  I don’t quite see the logic in that, but whatever.

      Posted by David Crawford on 2005 07 31 at 01:29 PM • permalink


    1. Yo!!  You’re expecting a rational thought process, context and perspective from some bozo that thinks nothing of blowing a bunch of people up!!

      Bye the Bye, just what in the heck is a La Repubblica anyway and why would that-what ever it is- get the money quote from this clown and why should we believe it is accurate?

      Posted by yojimbo on 2005 07 31 at 01:36 PM • permalink


    1. yojimbo, if only you kept your eyes open to what’s happening out there you’d know that a)La Republica is one of Italy’s leading newspapers, and b)the suspect Osman Hussain was captured in Italy and is now in the process of being sent to England, although surprise, surprise he’s fighting the extradiction

      Posted by algiga on 2005 07 31 at 06:11 PM • permalink


    1. “The bombs of July 7 in London? That happens every day in Iraq,”

      Yes, and its done by Muslims – foreign and domestic – hell bent on taking away the chance of freedom which Iraqi’s have overwhemingly chosen to embrace.

      Its people just like Osman who are now at war with Iraq, not the coalition, and no amount how much the MSM and the bombers try to spin it, thats the bottom line – Muslims killing Muslims – again.

      Posted by Michael42 on 2005 07 31 at 06:32 PM • permalink


    1. The subhuman filth who bombed the Australian embassy in Jakarta blame Iraq, too.
      They must be reading The Age.*
      The terrorists supply the blind hatred, the Western Lefties supply the arguments.
      *The Age: Melbourne propaganda rag. Important tool to keep the populace ignorant and vote Labor.

      Posted by Honkie Hammer on 2005 07 31 at 06:38 PM • permalink


    1. This is also the pin-head who said they meant to scare and the bombs were not meant to go off? I suspect the Italians are going to send him to the UK rather quickly.

      Posted by Andrew Ian Dodge on 2005 07 31 at 06:44 PM • permalink


    1. #6 ABC news was dancing up and down with delight this morning: see, the bombers themselves say it’s because of Iraq!  Seeee??!!

      Posted by cuckoo on 2005 07 31 at 06:53 PM • permalink


    1. They also never intended to kill anyone but themselves if you believe this guy.

      Hussain denied the failed bombers wanted to kill anyone but themselves. “A signal had to be given and we did it, but we did not intend to kill nobody. It was just a gesture,” he said.

      Well that sounds much better than, “yes your Honour, we intended to kill as many infidels as we could”.

      Posted by HC44 on 2005 07 31 at 08:47 PM • permalink


    1. Slightly OT, but this column in today’s Australian is too good not to share:

      Let’s face facts, Europe’s being run by cowards

      These days, Europe reminds me of an old woman who, with shaking hands, frantically hides her last pieces of jewellery when she notices a robber breaking into a neighbour’s house. Appeasement? That is just the start of it. Europe, thy name is Cowardice.

      Posted by Art Vandelay on 2005 07 31 at 09:02 PM • permalink


    1. I see that it may well be linked. That doesn’t mean that going to Iraq was the wrong decision, but by continually denying that it (bombings) had any relation to Iraq strikes me as a little dishonest.

      Posted by Gruntled on 2005 07 31 at 09:08 PM • permalink


    1. but by continually denying that it (bombings) had any relation to Iraq strikes me as a little dishonest.

      As is any suggestion that the bombings are a direct result of freeing Iraq and of continuing to defend the democratically elected government.

      These bombings are carried out under the banner of Al-Qaeda. We DIRECTLY attacked Al-Qaeda in their safe sanctuary of Afghanistan, does anyone really believe that they are not going to be more pissed about that than they are about us freeing a population they are now busily attacking themselves??

      Simple fact is that these terrorists are playing to the MSM and the anti-war crowd by saying EXACTLY what they want to hear.

      Posted by Michael42 on 2005 07 31 at 11:48 PM • permalink


    1. I wonder why these London bombers, if they’re avenging the murder of innocent Iraqis, aren’t blowing up Syrians, Saudis and Jordanians!?
      Clearly these bombers are a manifestation of a self-fulfilling prophesy. The left-wing media has been sqwauking about this aventuation for so long and so loudly now, one could sensibly argue that THEY actually made it happen! THEY gave these arseholes their warped sense of justification and legitimacy.
      Thanks Tim & Andrea!

      Posted by Brian on 2005 08 01 at 12:06 AM • permalink


    1. Brian #13: “I wonder why these London bombers, if they’re avenging the murder of innocent Iraqis, aren’t blowing up Syrians, Saudis and Jordanians!? “

      Just as I wonder, if this is ONLY about Iraq, why aren’t ANY of the bombers expatriate Iraqis???

      Seems to me THEY would be the ones most pissed off about Coalition occupation.

      Posted by mamapajamas on 2005 08 01 at 12:52 AM • permalink


    1. # 12. I agree. It isn’t the whole reason, but I just feel it is a contribution to it.

      Posted by Gruntled on 2005 08 01 at 01:39 AM • permalink


    1. Islamist terrorists disapprove of me?

      I won’t say I am honoured by their anger because murderers can’t confer it.

      If they are angry about Iraq, that’s as it should be.  What they might feel is a matter of complete indifference to me.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 08 01 at 02:21 AM • permalink


    1. Perhaps it is due to my ignorance of the Middle Eastern psyche, but I cannot, for the life of me, understand why ANYONE would be favorably swayed by the murder of civilians by exploding Islama-maniacs? It’s like saying a bank robber is justified, because, after all, its the bank’s fault for having money.

      Posted by Texas Bob on 2005 08 01 at 02:49 AM • permalink


    1. Perfect logic, Texas Bob. #17

      We mustn’t prosecute criminals because they’ll get angry and the crime rate will go up.

      Many on the left have a problem with the Islamists’ means (thank God) but can’t seem to distinguish between pretext and agenda. 

      Their determination to see in suicide bombings an expression of their own discontent with Bush, the Iraq intervention, global warming, racism and our insensitive use of words like ‘chairman’ necessitates an astonishing deafness to these bigots’ explicitly stated aims.

      They don’t seem to realise how skilfully Islamists are exploiting the ‘culture war’ in the West to prosecute their own crusade against the infidel.

      Like the Muslim community as a whole, the left must stop rationalising murder and their mealy-mouthed appeasement and cowardly nonsense about ‘making us a bigger terrorist target’.

      Islamist bastards and their suicidal stooges are not in two minds about us.

      Posted by Inurbanus on 2005 08 01 at 04:31 AM • permalink


    1. Probably more excited at aunty by the story of the(abysmally awful)RACIAL attack on an innocent black guy in U.K.
      I hope the white perps are in gaol for life.
      Possibly another, unintended, victim of the bombers.

      Posted by crash on 2005 08 01 at 04:37 AM • permalink


    1. #19 I’ve read on the net that the attack on the Asian guy in the U.K was organised by Bin Laden to make the Brits look like the bad guys. True or false?

      Posted by Lucky Nutsacks on 2005 08 01 at 05:34 AM • permalink


    1. Yes! Yes! I get it now. They abhor innocents being killed so the solution is to kill a few themselves.

      This shit, for better use of a term, is just music to the ears of the left who have no idea as to who is murdering who in Iraq and in other places around the world.

      Posted by Nic on 2005 08 01 at 05:57 AM • permalink


    1. Well, yes, we just put the Godfather of many terrorists in the slammer, after blowing away his regime and delightful sons, and are wandering around in the Middle East resetting the parameters (albeit a little slowly and with too light a beating in some quarters.
      So they are all going to be mad as hell.
      Next question?

      Posted by blogstrop on 2005 08 01 at 07:38 AM • permalink


    1. Look, if the media were more straightforward in their attempts to blame Iraq, spelling out what they really think instead of insisting on being being vague to hide the absurdities of their position, then Hussain would have better understood how to explain his motivations in a way that more clearly fit the media agenda.

      Clealy this isn’t his fault.

      Posted by tim maguire on 2005 08 01 at 04:14 PM • permalink


    1. You got it, Nic. Clearly, Muslim terrorists are only murdering other Muslims in order to protect them from being killed by the Great Satan instead.


      Posted by PW on 2005 08 01 at 07:27 PM • permalink


    1. #10: That op-ed seems to be an English translation of this one from last November. (Link via Davids Medienkritik.)

      Wonder what prompted the Australian to reprint it almost a year later.

      Posted by PW on 2005 08 01 at 08:05 PM • permalink


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