[NetBehaviour] The London bombings: Why did it happen here?
marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Jul 15 17:21:23 CEST 2005
*The London bombings: Why did it happen here?*
By Chris Marsden
15 July 2005
The response of the Labour government to the July 7 bombings in London
has been a mixture of hand-wringing and hypocrisy.
We are told repeatedly that four, and possibly more, young British men
from immigrant families were prepared to blow themselves up simply due
to an irrational hatred of Western civilisation inculcated by Islamic
fundamentalism. No reason is offered for why these and hundreds more
Asian youth are attracted to religious extremism and are prepared to
kill and be killed. To even raise the question of the role played by
Britain's participation in the Iraq war in fomenting anger amongst
Muslims is to invite denunciations of being an apologist for the
But to explain is not to condone. The emergence of Islamic
fundamentalism and terror bombings is a manifestation of a deep-rooted
disease in society and the body politic. Bitter denunciations will do
nothing to change this reality. It must be understood.
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