The world, for the most part, is in mourning for the horrific attacks that took place in London this morning. In case you were sleeping, England's biggest city was rocked by a series of bombings on the mass-transit system that took at least 37 lives and injured upwards of 700 people. An al-Qaeda group is claiming responsibility for the suicide bombings on three Underground stations and one doubledecker bus.
Tooling around the 'Net, I have seen the usual sad commentary from reputedly decent people: Let's strike back with impunity and viciousness. Let's get revenge for Britain's 9/11. And to hell with "political correctness," let's round up Muslims, shut down their businesses and mosques, and ship 'em back to their caves.
Oh my god, just deport Muslims? React viciously?
As the song goes, WHEN WILL THEY EVER LEARN????
Violence begets violence. Hatred begets hatred. Al-Qaeda hit London, the West will hit back, al-Qaeda will strike again, the West will react with retaliation again, lather, rinse, repeat... And Western people and al-Qaeda will hate even more, creating more terrorists from both sides. It's pathological!
For the record, Muslims died today too. One of the bombs went off in the Edgeware Road Underground station — which is in a predominantly Arab neighborhood. And Muslims — OF COURSE! — are condemning this condemnation-worthy outrage.
From the BBC.
From the Financial Times.
From Christianity Today.
This June article from FrontPage Magazine.com addresses the general issue of Muslims and their condemnation of Islamicist terror.
And there is other tragic news today too: Kidnapped Egyptian envoy to Iraq, Ihab al-Sharif, is believed to be dead; a group of al-Qaeda leader Abu Musab al-Zarqawi claims responsibility for the reported killing.