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Friday, July 8, 2005

We are all Londoners.

The mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, speaking for the best of liberal civilization in the aftermath of yesterday's terrorist attacks on 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 isnít an ideology, it isnít 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 Iím 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.

They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They donít want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.Ē

(From FT.com, via Talking Points Memo 7.7.05)

Copyright © 2005 by Philocrites | Posted 8 July 2005 at 12:57 PM

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4 comments:

Peacebang:

July 8, 2005 03:46 PM | Permalink for this comment

And one can't help but wonder what the world would be today if our president had had that kind of wisdom and strength and sanity in the aftermath of 9/11 here...

Wow. "Business as usual," as Churchill would have said, and dignity reigns in London.

Oversoul:

July 8, 2005 04:34 PM | Permalink for this comment

I like an anonymous response to the terrorists that I found quoted on Beliefnet today:

"We survived the Nazis and the IRA, we've been bombed by a better class of bastard than you".

Jaume:

July 8, 2005 05:01 PM | Permalink for this comment

The Spanish Unitarian Universalists want to express their deep sadness, sympathy and total support to London and to the British Unitarians in this tragic day that terrorism has attacked again, killing and injuring innocent citizens.

We Spaniards have first-hand knowledge of the pain and suffering that terrorist attacks may cause. Therefore we feel today particularly close emotionally and spiritually to victims in London, their families, and friends. Our prayers and our thoughts are with them.

May peace prevail upon the Earth! This is, more than ever, a claim that people from all faiths, culture and convictions should take as our first priority.

Saludos/Regards
Jaume de Marcos
Sociedad Unitaria Universalista de EspaŮa
http://www.suue.org

Apostle John:

July 9, 2005 12:17 AM | Permalink for this comment

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