"Yesterday, July 7th 2005 - a date which will live in infamy - the United Kingdom was suddenly and deliberately attacked..."
Instapundit has the classic roundup. I happen to be a fan of cartoons and quotes, so this post by Pejmanesque made my day. This quote expresses my sentiments exactly:
And gentlemen in England now a-bedHe also has a very good roundup.
Shall think themselves accursed they were not here,
And hold their manhoods cheap whiles any speaks
That fought with us upon Saint Crispin's day
Henry V, Act IV, Scene III
It is ironic that some people are blaming British foreign policy, and the Jews. These ghastly attacks are obviously the sole responsibility of the despicable people who organized and carried them out. However if anyone in the West has had the wrong attitude, (unwittingly) encouraging these kinds of attacks, it surely is the Spanish voters. Had they overwhelmingly re-elected Aznar's party, such an attack would have been perceived as less effective by the murderers.
Ironically, one of the reactions I liked most was from someone I generally dislike, the mayor of London:
I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever.
That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. I said yesterday to the International Olympic Committee, that the city of London is the greatest in the world, because everybody lives side by side in harmony. Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved and that is why I'm proud to be the mayor of that city.
Finally, I wish to speak directly to those who came to London today to take life. I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others - that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail.
In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.[...]Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.