July 07, 2005
Wake Up! ... Time to Die!

Making the rounds I'm sure but this one jangled my nerves a bit. Pat gets a no-prize for bringing us news that the Usual Suspects have stepped forward:

A group calling itself "The Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe" posted a claim of responsibility for Thursday's blasts in London, saying they were in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.

This one didn't sound like the IRA for sure. As I recall at any rate, they historically have had a tendency to call bombs in just before they went off. I can't remember them trying anything this big before either, but the IRA was at its most active when I was paying more attention to Star Wars than to the real sort. Brits are welcome to correct.

If this were Spain, Blair would be out on his butt within the week. But this is most definitely not Spain. Our hearts go out to the citizens of the UK. Time to roll up our sleeves and go back to the work of putting these maniacs where they can do no more harm.

Oh, and in case the title seems misleading, that's not what I'm saying to the UK. It's what (I fervently hope at any rate) we'll be saying to the terrorists.

update: Lair points out the true "we are all..." motto for these times. Too bad at least one British politician still isn't getting it. I'm not sure some ever will.

Posted by scott at July 07, 2005 11:03 AM

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As I was driving to Jersey, I had time to hear a couple of experts weigh in on the subject. With regards to the IRA, they did tend to call in prior to the bombing - they also tended to blow things up after the rush hour on Fridays or early on Saturdays. The apparent feeling is that they wanted to minimize collateral damage while still calling attention to their cause.

Secondly, I've heard reports (via Amber) that the bombs were timed to go off at 8:49am - the same time the first plane hit the WTC. They also targeted the financial district and mass transit - all hallmarks of al-Qaida.

And to add insult to injury, some asshat called into the news radio saying that 'this is what we get for attacking them' and another said we deserve this for what we've done to them.

Posted by: ronaprhys on July 7, 2005 11:16 AM

Speaking of Spain, I'd like to know what the hell happened to the descendants of the Reconquista. I'm sure my grandfather and Franco for that matter are each rolling in their respective graves.

Posted by: InsaneIdiot on July 9, 2005 01:50 AM
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