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Saturday, July 09, 2005

London Attacks: The People Respond

Here is a sample of emails CNN posted, regarding the London attacks:
I am warmed to hear how Londoners are reacting to this sickening and totally cowardly act against innocents. I travel to London often and will continue to do so. It's too bad our President; George W. Bush doesn't view this as a wake-up to fight this evil rather than a war he started so far away from home. Steve Keezer, San Diego, California

I couldn't believe my ears when I heard President Bush speaking from the G8 summit about the London bombings and how he had spoken to the "security folks back home." I thought he was going to say that he'd told them to cooperate fully with UK security services. Instead we heard how he'd told Americans to be especially vigilant. As someone whose partner works two minutes from the site of the bus blast I was more concerned about the people in this country. It is further evidence of the callous self-interest that I've come to expect from this administration and, in particular, this president. I do not understand how things are ever going to change in the world if national self-interest is put before the collective greater good. Jo, London, UK

It is time for careful, determined and apolitical analysis of our president, George Bush, whose war in Iraq prevents us from fighting the war on terror. Connecting the two wars is false. How very sad. Lawrence Katz, Evansville, Indiana

As most of us would agree, fighting a terrorist is like fighting a dead man, or at least a man who doesn't care for his life. I live in India and have seen two major terrorism issues solved in my lifetime. One is the Sikh terrorism issue and other is the Assamese terrorism issue. Both were solved with a change of heart and by addressing the core concerns of terrorists. I think it is high time that Bush and Blair realize that it is useless to kill people in Iraq and Afghanistan and understand and accept the fact that "force cannot solve everything." Abhiram Modak, Pune, India
I assume the collection of emails that CNN received were vetted; they even stated "some of [the emails] have been edited". So at that note, I have to admit, I did some cherry-picking of my own.

At any rate, it is comforting to see that we are not alone in our dissent. With the attack of 9-11, the Bush Administration ironically received a blank check for their miserable failure in protecting our nation. Thankfully, that does not appear to be the case this time.

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