Hiller Instinct: London Bombings
The Hiller Instinct: Hiller Instinct: London Bombings
In London this morning, the panic-stricken sounds of terror where just yesterday there were sounds of joy as the city celebrated its selection as the site of the 2012 Olympics.
But today London is just the newest battleground in the worldwide war on terror.
Surely you remember the trains in Madrid, Spain that were bombed by al-Qaeda last year, killing 191 people and wounding more than 1,000.
And the bombing of a Bali nightclub in 2002 that killed more than 200 has also been linked to al-Qaeda.
Looking at London today, aren't we all reminded, once again, of 9/11?
Nearly four years after 9/11, perhaps we need reminding, because when Americans were recently asked, ĎAre you concerned you or someone in your family will become a victim of terrorism,í 38 percent said they're worried, but 62 percent said they're not.
Asked whether they thought there will be further terror attacks on the U.S. soon, just 35 percent said that's likely, while 63 percent said not likely.
For the United States, Iraq is the focus of the war on terror, even though itís never been directly connected with 9/11.
President Bush would like to confine the war to "anywhere but here."
"There is only course of action against them, to defeat them abroad before they attack us at home," Bush said.
But the lesson of London is that we do not pick all the battlefields, and that no matter how prepared we and our allies may be, being at war makes danger permanent.
Just as London woke up this morning to the realities of the war on terror, so should America. We can fool ourselves into thinking it's far away, but it's not. Whether you're for or against the war, you're in it, and it can explode around you, anytime, in any country.
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