The London Blasts: Media
TWO: 9 July 2005 Introduction
A brief review of the
reaction of the serious press in Britain to the atrocities
in London. On this page: 'Key Quotes Today' and an 'Overview'
Part 1: 'This
is not "a war on freedom" '
Part 2: 'The
link to Iraq'
Part 3: 'The
Perception of Islam'
Key Quotes Today:
Letter from Ahmad
Sabah ul Haq Khan in the Independent:
Koran, regarding those who kill indiscriminately, equates
the innocent killing of one person as though "it shall
be as if he killed all mankind; and whoso saved a life,
it shall be as if he had saved the life of all mankind"
(Ch5. v. 33). Surely, those British emergency service men
and women who saved lives in the midst of Thursday's atrocity
are those whom the Koran describes as having "saved
all of mankind", whilst the terrorists are condemned
by the Koran as "having killed all of mankind".
My thoughts and prayers are with my fellow citizens of Britain.'
Rupert Cornwell in the
reality is they want Britain out of Afghanistan and out
of Iraq.' (page 49, or you can pay for access here)
Paul Bailey in the Independent:
'I believe, along with
millions of my countrymen, that the Bush-inspired war on
terror is bound to insprire more terrorism. If you declare
war, you get the same back in spades. We
should never have invaded Iraq.' (page 31, or paid-for
Former Labour government adviser David
Clark, in the Guardian:
that has followed the fall of Kabul has been ruinous to
the task of winning over moderate Muslim opinion and isolating
the terrorists within their own communities... 'In
Iraq we allowed America to rip up the rule book of counter-insurgency
with a military adventure that was dishonestly conceived
and incompetently executed. Tens
of thousands of innocent Iraqis have been killed by US troops
uninterested in distinguishing between combatant and noncombatant,
or even counting the dead... Bin
Laden can hardly believe his luck... 'The political
dimensions of this problem mean that there
can be no hope of defeating terrorism until we are ready
to take legitimate Arab grievances seriously.'
Yesterday we identified
four kinds of reaction to the attacks: denying that al Qaeda
has any political objectives (and therefore that nothing
political can or should be done to bring these bombings
to a halt); admitting that al Qaeda does have specific foreign
policy objectives (and grievances), but doing so in a way
that is thoroughly confusing; urging that we seek the 'roots
of terrorism', but in a non-specific fashion which leaves
people none the wiser; and, finally, just telling the truth
about what is motivating the people who carry out these
kinds of atrocities.
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This page last updated
9 July 2005