Tuesday, July 12, 2005

London's Red Ken

The NYTs has a good article profiling London's Mayor Ken Livingstone in the aftermath of 7/7. He's the one you saw on your television screen, addressing the terrorists with this message worth posting again:
"This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful; it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers; it was aimed at ordinary working class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christians, Hindu and Jew, young and old, indiscriminate attempt at slaughter irrespective of any considerations, of age, of class, of religion, whatever, that isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's just indiscriminate attempt at mass murder, and we know what the objective is, they seek to divide London. They seek to turn Londoners against each other and Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack... I wish to speak through you directly, to those who came to London to claim lives, nothing you do, how many of us you kill will stop that flight to our cities where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another, whatever you do, how many you kill, you will fail."
Read the article and you'll be struck by how different politics is there than here, where risks are taken on principle, not due to some Luntz focus group.