reflections of a pragmatic optimist, lover of freedom

Month: July 2005 (Page 1 of 2)

A Welcome Failure

I was driving in to work this morning when the news of today’s bombings in London came in. Thankfully they appear to have been an utter failure casualty-wise, due to faulty detonators. Investigators seem hopeful at this point that the undetonated bombs may yield significant forensic evidence that could identify the perpetrators of the attack, and apparently two suspects are now in custody in connection with the explosions.

Instapundit had the day’s news roundup here, here, here, and here. John Howard’s remarks seemed spot on to me.

Hold fast, London. We’re with you.

On the London Bombings

I wish to express my deepest sympathy to our valued friends, allies, and fellow human beings in the U.K., who on Thursday, July 7th endured a terribly vicious set of attacks on their home soil — attacks that were clearly premeditated to kill, maim, terrorize, and intimidate as many as possible. Know that I and many others around the world and in the U.S. stand with you, in firm resolve that we shall not capitulate to such contemptible, apparently anti-civilizational acts.

I was traveling outside the U.S. on the 7th, and received the news of the bombings in a frustratingly slow trickle via CNN and BBC World beginning Thursday morning. Having limited Internet access during such an event made me appreciate just how valuable the blogosphere has become to me as a source of news, analysis, and commentary; during a too-brief opportunity I managed to quickly check in with Instapundit and read a few posts and comments on neo-neocon’s blog and a few others. Back at home now, I’m frantically catching up with these and all the other sites I regularly read…

I tend to agree with others who’ve asserted that whomever was responsible has probably just made a very bad strategic mistake. They have underestimated the strength of our resolve and of our love for what we hold dear. We will not be intimidated. We’re not afraid.

It would certainly be good to see a widely supported anti-terrorism protest in London. I hope there will be one.

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