Thursday, July 21, 2005

Terror in London, Part Two

One thing that can never be said is that the British lack stoicism. The nation from which ours sprang has done itself proud by the collective demeanor of the vast majority of its residents. The latest reports lead me to believe my initial dismissal of today's attacks as relatively minor was perhaps overly optimistic. My first thoughts were nail bomb, copycat, amateur, in roughly that order; but it now appears that what was planned would have been every bit as horrific as the events of two weeks ago had the devices detonated properly.

The fact that, again, a bus and three tube stations were hit would certainly indicate that we probably aren't looking at amateurs, but at Al Qaeda, though officials aren't saying as much. The great fear now has to be that incident number three is just around the corner. Of course, this is all just speculation, but it appears quite likely that a rather large bullet was dodged today. Thank God for that; let's all hope and pray that this is the end of it...

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