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Thursday, 7 July 2005
Attack on the Underground.
Topic: General News.

So, I was all prepared for my usual snarkiness this morning and I see that the London Underground was attacked today. The first thing that came into my mind was 9-11 and that sick feeling in my stomach I had running around DC trying to get home and find out what was going on. The swirling chaos, people running red lights, traffic jams, long lines at the beer store...I really understand what they must be going through over there and I feel for them.

Presdient Bush wasn't reading any books about goats
as far as we know but his initial comment was:

"The war on terror goes on."

Thanks for that, very inspirational. Is Ruddy around anywhere?

Here are some eyewitness accounts of what went on there today from the Guardian:

"And then the announcement came as we were stuck at King's Cross station that we should all come out. We all took our time. It happens all the time.

As I was going towards the exit there was this smell. Like burning hair. And then the people starting walking out, soot and blood on their faces. And then this woman's face. Half of it covered in blood. How can you just carry on with your day?"

And another:

"Really insane and surreal day. My office is literally round the corner from where some of the blasts took place and I have spent the morning trying to make sure my friends are OK. I think they are, but the mobile phone networks are down so I haven't been able to confirm. There is no major panic here, just an underlying sense of confusion and despondency. Nobody is communicating and certainly nobody is able to concentrate on work. I guess it's a delayed sense of shock."

That sounds just like I felt on 9-11.

Looks like the Metropolitian Police are a little short handed as they have so many cops up at the summit, the governemnt announced they're being rapidly redeployed.

Claim of responsibility:

The Guardian:

"A group called The Secret Organisation of al-Qaida in Europe today said it carried out the series of blasts in London in retaliation for Britain's involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The group's statement appeared on a website popular with Islamic militants, according to Elaph, a secular Arabic-language news website, and Der Spiegel magazine in Berlin, which both published the text on their sites.

The statement, which also threatened attacks against Italy and Denmark, said: "Rejoice, Islamic nation. Rejoice, Arab world. The time has come for vengeance against the Zionist crusader government of Britain in response to the massacres Britain committed in Iraq and Afghanistan."

I'm out of time, hang in there London, we're with you!

Posted by bushmeister0 at 12:28 PM EDT
Updated: Friday, 8 July 2005 3:00 PM EDT
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