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Thursday, July 07, 2005

London

Billmon speaks for me:

The cold blooded murder of Londoners is no more horrifying than the murder or New Yorkers or Madrilenos -- or Baghdadis. But today's target still has a special hold over my emotions. If your mother tongue is English, and you loved stories as much as I did as a child, then London is the city of your imagination, of Mary Poppins and David Copperfield, of London-bridge-is-falling-down and the prince and the pauper. And if you've been there, and visited the places you dreamed about as a boy, and ridden the tube to Picadilly Circus, and climbed the stairs of the Tower of London, and strolled through Hyde Park in the morning fog, then what happened today hurts more than maybe it should, logically. We are all New Yorkers, we are all Madrilenos, we are all Baghdadis. But I was a Londoner from the time I learned how to read. I know it shouldn't make any difference, but it does.
Today's attack is one of the results of Bush's failure to persecute the war against Al Qaeda to the fullest extent by diverting the troops from Afghanistan to Iraq. Bush said he doesn't care where Osama bin Laden is. Many of us who seek justice and want to stop the terrorists do care, however.

1 Comments:

Blogger HP said...

Thanks, Ben. I really needed to hear a sane, precise voice today.

I know you have other venues for expressing your political views than MHV. I just want you to know that I envy the clarity with which you give voice on subjects where I find myself reduced to spluttering incoherence.

7/07/2005 04:35:00 PM  

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