Thursday, July 07, 2005
We Are All Londoners
Here we are again. After a summer of scandal and shark attacks, we find ourselves again proclaiming solidarity with innocents and innocence attacked.
The world is getting used to this. And, unfortunately, the significance of that fact could not be more chilling. New York 2001, Bali 2002, Madrid 2004, London 2005--who is next?
If it had not already been realized, does today's event not show us once and for all that the Osama bin Laden crowd has the freedom of choice and enough patience to exercise that freedom?
We are as vulnerable as ever. Given the moves we have made since 9-11 (and according to official reports), I suspect we are even more vulnerable than we were before.
For all we may wish it, terrorism is not zero sum. If it is occurring in Iraq, it can occur anywhere in the world. That we are "defeating terrorists" in Iraq says nothing of what we are doing to defeat them at home--and for all of that talk, we have 7-7-2005.
Today, we are all Londoners.
Tomorrow will we be someone else?