What the fuck do you think you're doing?
This is London. We've dealt with your sort before. You don't try and pull this on us.
Do you have any idea how many times our city has been attacked? Whatever you're trying to do, it's not going to work.
All you've done is end some of our lives, and ruin some more. How is that going to help you? You don't get rewarded for this kind of crap.
And if, as your MO indicates, you're an al-Qaeda group, then you're out of your tiny minds.
Because if this is a message to Tony Blair, we've got news for you. We don't much like our government ourselves, or what they do in our name. But, listen very clearly. We'll deal with that ourselves. We're London, and we've got our own way of doing things, and it doesn't involve tossing bombs around where innocent people are going about their lives.
And that's because we're better than you. Everyone is better than you. Our city works. We rather like it. And we're going to go about our lives. We're going to take care of the lives you ruined. And then we're going to work. And we're going down the pub.
So you can pack up your bombs, put them in your arseholes, and get the fuck out of our city.
Hat tip: the incomprarable Sully.
"It" happens. Here's Hitch:
... It will be easy in the short term for Blair to rally national and international support, as always happens in moments such as this, but over time these gestural moments lose their force and become subject to diminishing returns. If, as one must suspect, these bombs are only the first, then Britain will start to undergo the same tensions—between a retreat to insularity and clannishness of the sort recently seen in France and Holland, and the self-segregation of the Muslim minority in both those countries—that will start to infect other European countries as well. It is ludicrous to try and reduce this to Iraq. Europe is steadily becoming a part of the civil war that is roiling the Islamic world, and it will require all our cultural ingenuity to ensure that the criminals who shattered London's peace at rush hour this morning are not the ones who dictate the pace and rhythm of events from now on.
"Where did the explosion happen?" "Everywhere." In a poignant and eloquent piece, Johann Hari explodes some myths about islamist terrorism:
Anybody who tells you these bombers are fighting for the rights of Muslims in Iraq, occupied Palestine or Chechnya should look at the places they chose to bomb. Aldgate? The poorest and most Muslim part of the country. Edgware Road? The centre of Muslim and Arab life in London and, arguably, Europe. Does anybody need greater evidence that these Islamic fundamentalists despise Muslims who choose to live in free societies, and they would enslave Muslims everywhere if they were given the opportunity? ... But in the end London – the most vibrant, liberal, cosmopolitan city on earth – will not be defeated by a few bomb-throwing thugs, however vicious. This city was attacked by fascists before, and it will be attacked by fascists again. We will bury the dead and choose to not to live in fear.
Baldilocks: no such thing as a chickenhawk. Baldilocks writes: 'To the Islamist, all are targets, "infidel" and Muslim alike (there are plenty of Muslims in London, no doubt). From Sudan to Iraq, this is quite obvious. I submit that, in the War on Terror, there is no such thing as a “chickenhawk.”' Watch her post for updates, and read Tim Worstall's post about what the terrorists just don't quite get.
Beth at My VRWC wears her heart on her sleeve.
DCat unsheaths her Razor Sharp Claws: 'You have no scruples and you will never win! All of the people saying this is like Vietnam haven’t got a clue what real terrorists are like! They don’t care that you are calling this war like Vietnam! They don’t even care about you period! Ok people it is time to wake up now and stop spewing off garbage and disagreeing with what is really going on here! This is not the time to be proud of your liberal choice. You won’t have that choice if AQ had their way!'
Ocean Guy is reminded of scenes in Israel, but worries that 'in the long term, they will soon forget, just as so many have forgotten September 11, 2001.'
And finally, Michelle Malkin has the best ongoing roundup of London news. So why are you still here?