The timing of the Terrorist Attack was cleverly set to coincide with the G8 Summit opening in Gleneagles, Scotland, at which Prime Minister Tony Blair would preside and a day after the English Citizens won the bid to host the 2012 Olympics, which had been celebrated in the streets of London. At exactly 8:51 a.m., London time (3:51 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time), terrorist left three bags, filled with explosive materials, on three subway trains, and one, explosive leaden package, on a Double-Decker Bus, filled with early morning rush hour traffic. Police stated at least 40 people were killed and more than 700 were injured!
A group calling itself the “Secret Organization Group of Al Quaeda”, in Europe, released a statement (Thursday) which claims it is responsible for the subway train and bus bombings. There may be a link with this latest bombing to the bombings that were carried out by terrorist groups recently operating in Spain. It was also noted that the bombers were members of the Al Quaeda Organization.
What is strange about the bombings in England is that the British were getting ready to evacuate their military forces from Iraq and send them to Afghanistan. England was President Bush biggest ally! The attack against the “Brits” may give them reasons to send more troops to Iraq which will not make the Iraqis very happy.
What was the world’s reaction to the terrorist bombing in England? Thanks to BBC News, we were able to gleam some comments from World leaders that may enlighten you:
Spain has suffered the scourge of terrorism for decades. On 11 March, last year, it was the victim of the most horrific attack recorded, until then, in Europe. For that reason, we, the Spanish people, well understand the suffering, that today, the British people are undergoing. We share their pain intensely, just as they, and so many other peoples of the world, did with us on other occasion.
Spanish Prime Minister
Jose Manuel Barreso
The Holy See In Rome
Deeply saddened by the news of the terrorist attacks in Central London, the Holy Father offers his fervent prayers for the victims and for all those that mourn. While he deplores those barbaric acts against humanity, he asks you to convey, to the families of the injured, his spiritual closeness at this time of grief.
Upon the people of Great Britain, he invokes the consolation that only God can give in such circumstances.
Telegram on behalf of
Pope Benedict XVI
The mood is sadness for what happened this morning. We all regret that and it was not easy to overcome that mood. But the leadership, the strong heart and soul of these leaders, reacted like they areLeaders. They reacted first with compassion, reacted with leadership, reacted with solidarity, and reacted with determination. The Spirit is: Let’s stop terrorism.
Free people, democracies, and leaders will stand firm against this evil. We will show that they’re going to lose and that good people will win.
The contrast between what we’ve seen on TV screens here, what’s taking place in London and at the G8 summit, is incredibly vivid to me. On the one hand you’ve got people here who are working to alleviate poverty and to help rid the world of the pandemic of Aids…On the other hand you have people killing innocent people.
The contrast couldn’t be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human liberty and those who kill.
George W. Bush
San Diego, California
Since the Birth of Buddha (563 B.C.) humans have been fighting to impose their religious beliefs on all other humans that they have encountered. Here it is, the year 2005 and we are still fighting Holy wars…This time with the followers of Mohamed. Can’t the Muslims and the Christians ever get it together?
Daniel L. Muñoz