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July 7, 2006
One Year Ago: The London Bombings

Today marks the first anniversary of the Islamist attack on London's transportation systems, killing dozens and injuring many more. At the time our family were in Washington DC on vacation, wondering whether terrorists would try coordinated attacks in DC or New York City at the same time. We spent extra time around the television, watching the terrible aftermath of the attacks. At the time, I wrote:

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.

The British have remained steadfast in our alliance against the Islamofascists, and indeed have demonstrated the phlegm and stoic resolve for which they are so rightly reknowned. They have undertaken a hard look at the effects of multiculturalism, more bravely than some in the US, and resolved that those who wish to live in Britain should expect to assimilate into British society.

The Yoests have other thoughts; Charmaine was in London at the time of the attacks, and her husband Jack reposts their conversation that morning. Be sure to read the entire post, and drop a nice comment to Jack and Charmaine, two of the most gracious people you will ever find on the Internet.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 7, 2006 1:21 PM

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