Londoners React : "So What?"
Yesterday in Central London, a Mercedes Benz was discovered packed with explosives, gas canisters and nails in a street near Piccadilly Circus. Police bomb squads and anti-terror units moved fast, locking down local streets and defusing the bomb. Newspaper headlines blared the bomb was so big it could have taken the lives of some 1700 Londoners. The incident comes almost a week before the second anniversary of the July 7 attacks, and only hours before the new Gordon Brown government began running the country.
Time to panic?
Certainly not :
When a close call with a huge car bomb fails to incite fear and panic even in people who were within range of the potential blast, the act of trying to unleash a terror attack has already lost most of its visceral power.
“It’s something you get used to, living in London...”
“...given the stance our government made on the war in Iraq and elsewhere, I think we are just getting used to being a target...”
"To be honest, it didn’t worry me..."
“I feel surprisingly all right about it...”
“I sort of think, ‘So what?’”
"There are risks living in any city."
“If you’re near the bomb when it explodes, well, that’s really unlucky...”
"...nobody looks too frightened..."
“I’m already late around two hours for my work..."
Learn from the Londoners. This is how you fight a 'War on Terror'.
Not by doing nothing, but by getting out of the way, letting the authorities deal with the problem, and not cowering in fear, panicking in the streets, or trying to frighten the stuffing out of everyone about how they could be blown to smithereens at any moment.
Perhaps whoever built and left this car bomb was intending to make sure Prime Minister Brown didn't do anything silly, like pull back from fighting the 'War On Terror' with the same fervour and energy that former prime minister Tony Blair did.
Successful terror strikes in the West rarely coincide with key dates or events. But dire threats, very public official warnings and intercepted attacks always seem to happen at politically important times.
Here's an eyewitness report of the car bomb in motion :
...the car was seen being driven " erratically" before it collided with some bins or bin bags on the pavement. The driver ran off, apparently uninjured. The lights of the car were left on.Police said the vehicle would have been captured on hundreds of different surveillance cameras as it entered London.
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