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July 7, 2005
Al Qaeda Bombs London

London suffered a series of coordinated bombing attacks this morning on the cusp of the G-8 conference in Gleneagles, Scotland, targeting its transportation systems just as in Madrid last year. Al Qaeda has claimed responsibility for these attacks, which has caused an unknown number of deaths and injuries:

Two people have been killed and scores have been injured after three blasts on the Underground network and another on a double-decker bus in London.

UK Prime Minister Tony Blair said it was "reasonably clear" there had been a series of terrorist attacks.

He said it was "particularly barbaric" that it was timed to coincide with the G8 summit. He is returning to London.

An Islamist website has posted a statement - purportedly from al-Qaeda - claiming it was behind the attacks.

London's police chief Sir Ian Blair said there had been "many casualties" but it was too early to put a figure to those killed or injured.

Expect the number of dead to rise significantly. Terrorists chose these targets, just as in Madrid, for the height of traffic in order to cause as many civilian deaths as possible. The transportation jam that this will cause London also will hamper relief efforts, creating nightmare jams on the streets as people rush to get out of the way and emergency workers rush to the afflicted areas. No one yet knows if it's over, either -- more attacks may be on their way.

If AQ thinks that they can frighten Blair and the British out of the war on terror by bombing London, I believe they are quite mistaken. Another lunatic used terror on Londoners on a much more massive scale for years at a stretch, thinking that the same kind of attacks would panic the British into surrendering, or at least into withdrawing from the conflict. The Blitz did neither. It hardened British resolve to stamp out the cancerous philosophy of fascism and to destroy the governments that used it to oppress their own people, commit genocide on ghastly scales, and attack peaceful civilian populations to further their political goals.

Hitler didn't succeed at his campaign of intimidation. Osama bin Laden won't either. Put simply, the British are not Spaniards. They will arise in fury and a renewed sense of mission to stamp out the bloodthirsty terrorists who have committed this heinous act -- and we will stand with them to do so, just as they have stood with us these long years since 9/11.

Keep an eye on Instapundit and Michelle Malkin for updates during the day, and keep praying for the British victims of Islamofascist insanity.

UPDATE: The statement from world leaders at the G-8 conference, read by Tony Blair, sums it up:

"We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit," Blair said in a statement on behalf of the Group of Eight leaders and the heads of other nations meeting here. "We will continue our deliberations in the interest of a better world."

Earlier, Blair termed the blasts terrorist attacks and said it was reasonably clear they were "designed and aimed to coincide" with the meeting.

"We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation but on all nations and on civilized people everywhere," the world leaders said. ...

"Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us," the world leaders said in the statement read by Blair. "We shall prevail, and they shall not."

Damned right. This is a renewed call for clarity and resolve in this conflict, and those who have spent the last four years carping from the sidelines had better get a clue now.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 7, 2005 7:21 AM

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