The terror attacks in London today, composed of 4 separate bombings, with 3 to the London Underground and 1 to a commuter bus, during the G-8 summit in Scotland, is a painful and tragic reminder of the importance of fighting and winning the Global War on Terror. I will post more on the subject as more information develops. However, I would like to point you to President Bush's words from the G-8 Summit:
"The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London and what's taking place here is incredibly vivid to me. On the one hand, we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty, to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people. And the contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill -- those who have got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks.
The war on terror goes on. I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve is as strong as my resolve. And that is we will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists. We will find them, we will bring them to justice, and at the same time, we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate."
The long-term question of the bombings is what effect it will have on the UK effort to prosecute the GWoT and the reaction of other industrialized powers. In the meantime, my prayers and sympathies are with the families of the murdered and injured.
Other great sources for following events today:
- Winds of Change (Bill Roggio's comments here)
According to the British Embassy in the US:
"Inquiries concerning US citizens should be directed to the US State Department. The telephone number is 1-888-407-4747. The emergency hotline number for British citizens is 011 44 870 156 6344."
Update: Text of PM Tony Blair's comments here.