Wednesday, July 13, 2005

The Inevitable Comes West

The explosions that rocked London's Tube and a double-decker bus on 7/7, killing more than 50 people, was the work of suicide bombers according to the British government. Worst of all, the perpetrators of these atrocities were British citizens of Pakistani descent, not foreign militants taking advantage of Western freedoms. Via the Guardian:
Three of the four were identified as Mohammed Sadique Khan, 30, of Dewsbury, and Hasib Hussain, 18, and Shehzad Tanweer, 22, of Leeds. Friends and family said they had no idea they had become extremists. (Click on the names for profiles of the suspected murderers.)
Although this is fairly obvious, this adds a whole new dimension of fear into Western society, considering that you may not be able to trust the person sitting next to you on the subway or the bus or the movie theater. One of the most basic assumptions of civilized society is that you will be safe when you enter public space, especially in the ritzy, commercial districts of big cities. Essentially, 7/7 has brought the horrors of Iraq and Israel to our doorsteps.

Be ready, because it's only a matter of time before suicide bombers hit the States.