[NetBehaviour] The London bombings: Why did it happen here?

Paul Annear paul.annear at gmail.com
Fri Jul 15 18:20:33 CEST 2005


Dear marc and list

May I suggest that the question to ask is not: why did it happen 'here' (surely that is more than obvious) but rather why are these so-called extremists so gentle, so concerned to cause so little damage and to minimise loss of life. Why are they so clearly, wherever 'they' operate, so intensely focused on the symbolic gesture. 

There is a related question. Given that the Americans are inviting oblivion via a Hiroshima / Nagasaki  imposed on them: who else wants to go along for that ride?

And why would anyone want to?

APA




-----Original Message-----
From: marc <marc.garrett at furtherfield.org>
Date: Fri, 15 Jul 2005 16:21:23 
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Subject: [NetBehaviour] The London bombings: Why did it happen here?

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 Britains participation in the Iraq war in fomenting anger amongst Muslims is to invite denunciations of being an apologist for the terrorist atrocities.
 
 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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