Not Again


It is never ideal to wake up to terrible news. I can vividly remember my dad waking me up with the news that one of the Twin Towers had been attacked. This morning, my mom woke me up with the news that London had been attacked. My heart sunk, immediately. All I could think was, "Not again."

I am extremely impressed with Prime Minister Tony Blair. I have no doubt that he will exhaust every resource to bring these terrorists to justice. I am paraphrasing, but he said at the G8 summit, "Our determination to preserve our way of life is greater than the terrorists' determination to cause death and destruction." We're behind you 100% PM Blair. And after the emotional aftershocks have subsided, you'll probably find we're the only nation behind you, just as you have been toward us.

My heart goes out to England. I worry for how this will unfold. They have an overwhelming number of Middle Eastern citizens in London. Most of them are probably upstanding people who love the freedom they know in that city. But it is such a concentrated city with such a population of Muslims, that I can only begin to fathom how difficult this task will be. They've had some of the biggest pro-Palestinian, pro-terrorism demonstrations. There was even an "honor killing" (a father stabbed his teenage daughter to death for falling in love with a Christian boy) about a year ago in London. This will not be easy.

God be with you Mr. Blair and all who have been affected. We stand behind you as those who know what it is to be attacked but refuse to be victimized. Our thought and prayers and support are yours.

For news that is faster and easier to read than MSM websites, I recommend checking Little Green Footballs for updates and related stories. They have their finger on the pulse of terrorist activities, so they'll have a great deal of stories to relate to this attack.

Posted by Portia at July 7, 2005 08:48 AM

I too sympathise with the english people. Nobody should have to expierience what those some 752 people did. However I must say that perhaps this should be an opportunity for Prime Minister Blair to think about some of his policies in Iraq and how he may be putting his own people at more risk by defending U.S. policy to the extent that he does. I think it is also important that we not ignore the root causes of terrorism which is a reaction to sociol and economic inequalities not evil finaticism. Commen sense must tell us that people despite how extreme they may seem, do things out of reasons. England has a long history of exploitation and mistreatment of the muslim people in the middle east and as Amnesty International as documented, we are systematically torturing prisoners in Iraq and in the U.S. This does not paint the U.S. in a positive light. It is also important to acknowledge the importance of oil, its relationship to China and what we are doing to make sure we remain in control of it. Examining this will shed much light on the violence we are being dealt.

Posted by: Zachary Kern-Schnall at July 11, 2005 05:20 PM

You got yourself a real slippery slope there fella, when you want to "understand" or "shed light" on terrorism. That's equivalent to justifying terrorism. And there ain't no justification for terrorism.

If being viewed "in a positive light" is a criteria for preventing terrorism, then you could say that 70% of today's teenagers might decide to blow up or behead their parents. Heck, my kids don't view me in a positive light when I say "no", make them do their chores (would you call that exploitation?) or give them an early curfew.

Posted by: Gordon at July 11, 2005 08:07 PM

Gordon I appreciate your opinion, however I don't believe you or I can judge what life is like for people living in places effected by imperialism. Effected by an unequal global economic playing field. Terrorism is a product of imperialism and exploitation. There is no arguing America and the UK's history of abuses in the middle east. From the Iran Contras, to our support of Saudi Arabian human rights violating administrations, to the invasion of Iraq for control over oil in order to manage a growing China. When you take the facts into account you will find desperate, poor, exploited people, some of whom are fighting back in the only way they believe they can. This does not justify it, it explains it. Al Qaida is a multi billion dollar many thousand strong politicol organization that uses violence as its means for politicol change. We've killed millions of innocent people all over Iraq for politcol change, for the benefit of a wealthy minority. If we start treating the world with respect and equality, we will defeat terrorism.

Posted by: Zachary Kern-Schnall at July 11, 2005 11:40 PM

Zach, you have so poor an understanding of the Middle East, it's nearly painful to read your posts. No one exploits the Middle East like the Middle East. Terrorism is not done out of reason, it's fascist, destructive evil. You really should read books written by Middle Easterners who are honest about the situation over there. It's absolutely nothing like anything you've ever posted. If you want resources, I've got them. Including people who are from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, and other Islamic nations in Africa as well. I'd be happy to set up interviews for you.

Posted by: Portia at July 12, 2005 12:08 AM


Really? Please set those interviews up I'd love to talk to them.


Posted by: Zachary Kern-Schnall at July 12, 2005 01:02 AM

Not a problem. I want you to first start by reading the book Princess: A True Story of Life Behind the Veil in Saudi Arabia. You could also read Not Without My Daughter as well. Those will get you somewhat introduced to the Middle Eastern culture, especially where women and foreigners are concerned. I don't want to introduce you to my friends without you having some idea of how their culture works.

Posted by: Portia at July 12, 2005 08:11 AM

Vanity Fair's columnist Christopher Hitchens outlines the "grievances" of the jihadis (sorry, but imperialism and exploitation didn't make the list). I quote:
1. Grievance of seeing unveiled women.
2. Grievance of the existence of Jews.
3. Grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law.
4. Grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London.
5. Grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur.
6. Grievance of music, and of most representational art.
7. Grievance of the existence of Hinduism.
8. Grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule.

"All of the above have been claimed by the terrorists as license to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who gets in the way."

Hitchens forgot to mention the jihadi's grievance of the existence of Christians, whose Holy Bible the jihadi's never miss an opportunity to revile or destroy.

Posted by: Gordon at July 12, 2005 04:21 PM

I wasn't being insulting. You do need to read more about the Middle East.

You can tell people you minored in whatever and majored in whomever, but you never finished college. Pretentiousness isn't a trait I am fond of on this site. Be honest.

I'm tired of your ill-informed rants and your lack of interest in the truth or any evidence whatsoever that is counter to your beliefs. You really need to behave better on here or your posts will be continually deleted.

Yes, THIS is a tyranny. So sue me.

Posted by: Portia at July 12, 2005 06:45 PM