Friday, July 07, 2006

Obligatory one year on post

It is 9:20am on Friday 7th July 2006. At this time on Thursday 7th July 2005, I had been hunting around the interweb for quarter of an hour, trying to find out whether the bang that I'd heard tell of was anything sinister. It soon became clear that it was. Meanwhile, across London, Rachel, Holly, Steve, Mitch, Bumble Bee, Hamish, Weaselbitch, Yorkshire Lass, Andrew and countless others were having a rather worse time of it, stuck in the dark deep underground, many surrounded by scenes they'll never be able to forget.

Make no mistake, being in a city during a major terrorist attack is not much fun.

BUT.

Though the response on the day from the emergency services and volunteers alike was hugely impressive, the last 12 months have not given much room for hope that anything has been learned. A public inquiry has repeatedly been ruled out, despite so many questions still left to be answered and so many reccomendations ignored. Those in charge of the Metropolitan Police have, throughout this time, done little other than repeatedly shooting an innocent man in the head, stirring up anger and resentment through raids based on little evidence, crushing political dissent near Parliament, making repeated public statements of their inability to prevent further attacks, and taken to pointlessly whacking huge numbers of officers in tube and mainline stations on random days (often Thursdays), ostensibly "to reassure".

Today, central London is packed with police. Thousands of them infest the city in their luminous jackets, milling around aimlessly - and scaring the living hell out of everyone chugging in to work and trying to forget the events of last year. Do they have torches, first aid kits and breathing apparatus so they can dash below ground and help out at the first sign of a repeat performance? No. Are they searching everyone trying to get on the underground? No. Is their presence on the streets today anything other than a pointless, wasteful PR stunt? No.

Because how can the police and security services prevent further attacks when they still have no idea quite what caused the last lot? Nobody has any idea what made four Muslims with British passports become so filled with hate that they wanted to kill and maim indiscriminately. There may be no answer to the "why?" - but there's surely a better one than the standard "they were eeeeeeeeeevil".

So, while we sit back at midday for the two minutes' silence and think about those people a year ago whose lives were ended or forever altered through the actions of a small group of maniacs; while we ponder what life must be like in Iraq, Israel, Afghanistan and the Sudan, where events like 7/7 come almost daily; while we think how grateful we are to have got through it - think also about how little we know about that day and the events leading up to it, and call for a public inquiry.

And then, once that's done, let's get on with our lives - the best possible way to stick two fingers up at the tiny minority of bigoted, faith-drunk totalitarians who want to change the way we live with bombs.

Update: A reminder.

8 Comments:

Anonymous Dan said...

I've been reading your blog regularly now for a year. I don't actually like it very much, but it's my first port of call since your page was probably the first one that really brought my attention to blogging (especially political blogging).

And whilst I'm not a great fan, disagree with a great deal of what you say and often find you pretentious and confused it what you are trying to say... somehow, whenever you touch upon the subject of 7/7 and terrorism, you do so with added poignancy and it makes for a captivating read. Somehow, you've captured the views and fears and concerns of your readers and you are able ot verbalise it in why most others don't-- and it's pretty much for those occasional glimpses of a passioned writer that repeatedly bring me back to your blog.

7/7; I spent my whole day glued to your site. So did most of my family from work until they realised they can view similar stuff on the BBC without the 'C' word being muttered in every paragraph ;).

Keep up the good work.

7/07/2006 12:15:00 pm  
Blogger Quinn said...

Surely the back-handed compliment to end all back-handed compliments; I think it had knuckle-dusters on it.

7/07/2006 01:25:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I found your blog last year becuase you were covering the London attack and I've been coming back since. Job well done, that I hope you never have to do again.

I'm right there with you on the two finger salute, and will raise a glass in memory tonight.

Retread

7/07/2006 07:30:00 pm  
Anonymous Antipholus Papps said...

And let us not forget to stick two fingers up at the bigoted, faith-drunk totalitarians who want to change the way we live with hysterical fearmongering and ill-conceived legislation.

7/10/2006 11:43:00 am  
Blogger Holly Finch said...

great post...thanks for saying what i shoud be saying whilst i am too busy wallowing in anger an tears...onwards and upwards! hx

7/10/2006 01:45:00 pm  
Blogger Postman said...

"Nobody has any idea what made four Muslims with British passports become so filled with hate that they wanted to kill and maim indiscriminately."

Now what on earth gave you that idea ?

If these guys were Islamofascist johadist bent on wreaking hell on the Undeground I will show my arse in Woolies window.

Duped DRug couriers , out here somewhere is / are the organisers , suppliers, planners , watchers . propagandist, obfuscators etc., ... hmm spounds like a State terrist appparatus... which state ? well take yer pick, but there were a lot of Israelis in town that day, and Mr Halevy of Mossad was pretty quick off the mark sasying how well planned it was and it was was the start of WW III etc.,

If I had to point my finger anywhere I would point it somehwere near Marc Rich's outfit in Israel.

7/13/2006 03:50:00 pm  
Blogger Nosemonkey said...

Come off it, Postman - I do hope you're not serious? The great Zionist conspiracy has long been a tired get-out, never convincing, and is not one I'm overly keen on at the moment, what with a good friend of mine ducking Hezbollah missiles in northern Israel as I type.

7/13/2006 04:29:00 pm  
Blogger marcuse said...

Just got around to reading this, and I have to admit being amazed by all this "the response on the day from the emergency services and volunteers alike was hugely impressive" stuff that people keep repeating.

Read the report: it wasn't so impressive!

8/07/2006 09:13:00 pm  

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