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Turn on your video recorders, "terrorists" have hit London

If you haven't heard yet, there have been explosions in the subway in London. There is allot of speculation. Here are some articles and comments of interest.
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London: Explosion Updates

collected reports | 07.07.2005 15:00
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Several hurt in Tube 'explosion'

Passengers were evacuated from King's Cross station
Several people have been injured after explosions blamed on a power surge led to the whole London Underground network being closed down until further notice.
British Transport Police said some of the power surges had caused explosions.

A City of London Police spokesman said there were "quite a large number of casualties" at Aldgate Station.

A bus was ripped apart in an explosion in central London, an eyewitness told news agency PA, and there were reports of at least one fatality.

PA also quoted Union officials as saying sources had told them there had been at least one explosive device on the Underground.

British Transport Police Surges took place at Aldgate, Edgware Road, King's Cross, Old Street and Russell Square stations.

Scotland Yard confirmed they were assisting with a "major incident" and said there were casualties.

A spokesman said officers were called out to Aldgate station at 8.50am to assist City of London and British Transport Police.

"All of the emergency services are on scene. There have been some casualties. This has been declared as a major incident," said the spokesman. "It's too early to state what has happened at this stage," he said.

The National Grid, which supplies power to the Underground, said there had been no problems with its system which could have contributed to the incidents.

'Screaming and crying'

Jacqui Head, from BBC News, who had just left King's Cross station on a Piccadilly Line train as an explosion happened, said: "Everything was normal. Suddenly there was a massive bang, the train jolted.

"There was immediately smoke everywhere and it was hot and everybody panicked. People started screaming and crying."

The train was kept in the tunnel for 20 minutes and no announcement was made to explain the delay to passengers, she added.

London Fire Brigade said four crews were at Liverpool Street and more were on their way.

Another passenger, who had left the Tube at Fenchurch Street Station, and walked to Aldgate East, told BBC Five Live that he saw injured people.

"As I walked through the bus station I could see people lying on the ground, black, as if they'd been covered in smoke. There were about three or four people on the floor being treated."

Eyewitness Paul Woloszyn from BBC News, who was at Blackhorse Road station on the Victoria Line, said: "We were told there was a bomb at Liverpool Street station.



"I was on the Tube, and they stopped the train and told everyone to get off and evacuate the station."

He said staff had said the entire Tube network had been affected, and leaflets had been handed out with details of alternative bus routes.

Another eyewitness, Dorothy Molloy, had been on a Tube train at King's Cross and said "staff just chucked everyone out of the station".

She said staff there had not given any details, but she said two passengers she had spoken to had said they had received messages saying there had been bombs.

"People didn't really know what was going on, they were just huffing and puffing and saying how annoying it was," she said.

"People don't seem to be panicked, but there's so many police and ambulances coming into the areas. People are just concerned, and some are just annoyed at the delay."

If you're in the area we would like to hear from you. Send us your comments using the form below including if possible a phone number. If you have any pictures please send them to  yourpics@bbc.co.uk or by mobile phone to 07921 648159.



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Terrorist attack.

07.07.2005 10:39
Several buses have also been damaged and they are now saying on ITV it is a terrorist attack.

Doug.

strange co-incidence!

07.07.2005 10:47
Mr Clarke defended the tough new law. He reminded MPs that the Madrid bombings took place during the Spanish general election campaign.


"Maybe such things can always be possibilities here too," he said. - Scotsman
 http://news.scotsman.com/latest.cfm?id=4171510


Its an inside Job...

Become aware to defend yourselves

get these NAZIS out of power NOW!!!!

 https://publish.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/316965.html


i'm sorry if you think this is innapropriate

I DO NOT!

seen it all b4

Sad Deluded, and Offencise Fool

07.07.2005 11:16
Seen it all B4: what an insensitive arse.

Lets get this straight. You think that the state or someone linked has bombed the tube in order to impose tough anti-terror laws and hence help usher in a police state, presumably in order to expedite the imposition of the new world order or whatever. You might even blame the Illuminati or the UN or some crap, I don't know or care.

Get a grip. Take the medication. Consider getting a basic education. But most of all, shut the fek up unless you can produce some sort of cogent argument or evidence.


Big Bad Bob

PA News: 2nd Explosion on London Bus in Tavistock Square

07.07.2005 11:21
PA News: 2nd Explosion on London Bus in Tavistock Square

PA newswire | 07.07.2005 10:53 | London
PA NEWS FLASH
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Timed at 10:45BST 09:45GMT
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PA NEWS FLASH
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Timed at 10:45BST 09:45GMT

Police sources have confirmed a second suspected blast on a London Bus in Tavistock Square

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PA newswire

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Explosions on London Transport

07.07.2005 11:23
Explosions on London Transport

dh | 07.07.2005 10:45
Explosions reported on Underground network - now entirely shut down.

Bus reported as having had its roof blown off.
Explosions at Aldgate, Edgeware Road, Marylebone
Fatalities and serious injuries reported
Gleneagles? Olympic 'win'
Great timing assholes
Wishing Londoners well

dh

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london appears to be under terrorist attack

07.07.2005 11:27
london appears to be under terrorist attack

rikki | 07.07.2005 11:22 | Indymedia | London
an apparently co-ordinated series of bombs and other incidents occured across the capital around 8.30 to 9 this morning. mainstream media reports are very confused, but it seems that at least one bus has been blown up with serious injuries and probable fatalities.

an apparently co-ordinated series of bombs and other incidents occured across the capital around 8.30 to 9 this morning. mainstream media reports are very confused, but it seems that at least one bus has been blown up with serious injuries and probable fatalities. there are confused reports of more bombed buses - it seems very strange that these reports haven't at least been confirmed by mobile phone witnesses or even video phone images. on the other hand, there have also been reports of the mobile phone system being at least in part closed down. this may be because of fears of remote detonation of bombs as per the madrid bombings. on the on the tube system, reports are of a 'power surge' which seemed to cause a bang and masses of soot - six stations have been definitely affected by some sort of blast. while casualties have so far been played down on the underground attacks, it was reported that a hotel near royal london hospital has been taken over for use as triage and that casualties have been arriving at all london hospitals!

rikki

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bomb or train crash/ witness report on BBC 24

07.07.2005 11:34
bomb or train crash/ witness report on BBC 24

paul c | 07.07.2005 11:08
what is really going on

witness on BBC24

there has been many incidents

but a policeman told her
of a train crash

??????????????????



can anyone verify

my regards and thoughts go out
to all at SOHO firestation

and the rest of the emergency services

our thoughts are with you

love

Paul & Carmen



paul c

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Chaos in London following multiple explosions.

07.07.2005 11:37
Chaos in London following multiple explosions.
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317009.html

caro | 07.07.2005 11:25 | Social Struggles | London | World
Coverage of the G8 has been knocked off the news by multiple explosions in the centre of London - some dead.

Police originally blamed the first two explosions on the Underground (At Aldgate East and Edgware Road) on a ?power surge?, but the first bomb, which ripped apart a double- decker bus in Tavistock Square leading to unconfirmed fatalities led to Met admissions that this ?may be terrorist related?. A second bomb in Houndsditch has been confirmed.

At 11.18 Police confirmed six explosions and one collision on the Underground, and one hospital reports receiving 90 casualties. Fatalities have occurred but the number is so far unconfirmed by emergency services.

The entire London Transport system - underground and buses - has now been closed down. Trains are being stopped as far outside London as Chelmsford. Londoners are being asked to stay in their homes and off the streets, and to avoid calling the emergency services unless their lives are threatened.

Casualty info line for concerned friends and relatives to be announced shortly.

Blair has anounced that he will be staying at the G8 summit, not returning to London.

caro
e-mail:  carosinclair@yahoo.co.uk

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London Underground attacks "almost certainly" related to Al Quaeda

07.07.2005 11:52
London Underground attacks "almost certainly" related to Al Quaeda
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/316995.html

Katie Lowe | 07.07.2005 11:37
The BBC have revealed in the last few minutes that their sources believe the terrorist attacks in London are "almost certainly the work of Al Quaeda."

At least six explosions have taken place in London, and it is believed that there are at least twenty fatalities and ninety injuries, according to police in London. The BBC believe this is now the work of terrorist organisation Al Quaeda.

The attacks took place on Edgeware Road, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, Aldgate East and Moorgate, and a bus exploded in Russell Square, injuring many people both on the bus and passers by.

All transport has been disabled and people in London are asked not to call the emergency services unless involved in a very serious incident.

Katie Lowe
e-mail:  where.black.eyed.angels.fly@gmail.com

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statement

07.07.2005 11:53
repost to clarify



pleeeeeese
dont assert that i dont care


im in tears
as i type

sad sad day

my wife is a firefighter with 15 years
of experience who used to work in SOHO

we have friends involved
who are putting their lives on the line

she could have caught in this
she puts her life on the line every time
she puts on her uniform

she has had to get away from the TV
because its really affecting her


we care


our thoughts are with you SOHO
and the rest of the emergency services


love

paul & Carmen











paul c

Bombs/ power surge on London underground

07.07.2005 11:58
Bombs/ power surge on London underground
by Me
Bombs to coincide with G8 summit?


Bomb blasts plunge London into chaos

By Neil McIntosh / UK news 11:20am

A series of bomb blasts have hit central London today.

Tell us your experiences by emailing us at  newsblog.london@gmail.com.

The situation is developing very quickly. We have no news yet of the number of injuries, or deaths, although eyewitnesses quoted on the BBC say there are a number of bodies under sheets, in several locations in the city.

We'll update this post as news comes in. Obviously, our front page will also be constantly updating as well.

1150 It has been confirmed that two people have been killed at Aldgate station this morning.

1140 Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair is being quoted by PA as saying traces of explosives have been found at least one blast scene. He added the picture was still "very confused".

1130 Police at Aldgate Station say there are unconfirmed reports of two fatalities there, and nine seriously injured.

A PA report just in from Aldgate: "A 42-year-old man wept as he described what happened on the train. Terry O'Shea, a construction worker from Worcester, said: "I was in the third carriage, the one behind the one where the explosion was. There was a loud bang and we felt the train shudder. Then smoke started coming in to the compartment. It was terrible. People were panicking, but they calmed down after one or two minutes. As they led us down the track past the carriage where the explosion was, we could see the roof was torn off it, and there were bodies on the track."

Jack Linton, 14, suffered cuts to his face in the incident. Jack, from Hawkwell, Essex, who was on his way to work experience at a company, said: "The middle of the train was blown out and there were people on the track."

1120 Tony Blair will be making a live, televised statement on the crisis at midday. Sir Ian Blair, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, has told the BBC that there have been six explosions so far today, one on a bus. In what is clearly intended to be a calming message, he asks that Londoners stay where they are, do not call the emergency services unless there is a life-threatening situation, and promises there will be more information. London's emergency plan has kicked into action, and he says they are "returning order to the situation".

1110 PA is reporting fears of "many" dead after a series of what are now, patently, terrorist bomb blasts around the city. Eyewitness reports talk of terrible injuries, and "many fatalities".

1102 The pictures coming in from around the city are truly shocking. Down near Holborn there's a bus - possibly one of the big tourist buses that are a fixture on the London streets - with its top floor ripped apart. One report talks of the injured being operated on in the concourse at Liverpool Street station.

1055 There are now reports of another bomb going off - in Houndsitch, near Liverpool Street in the City of London.

1052 The FTSE has plunged 160 points, but Downing Street says rumours that Tony Blair is to return to London from Gleneagles are false.

1048 Home Secretary Charles Clarke has just appeared in front of Downing Street, talking of "dreadful" incidents, and "terrible injuries" in the explosions. He is sending sympathy to those individuals and families affected. The COBRA committee - the government's emergency response body - is meeting, as is the Cabinet.

1040 We're hearing that there's a train stuck between Liverpool Street and Aldgate, and that there are "a number of casualties" on that train.

1030 The situation so far: we are hearing of a bus explosion in the Holborn area - eyewitness accounts talk of the bus having its roof blown off. This casts some doubt on reports that "power surges" caused explosions at Aldgate, Old Street, Kings Cross, Russell Square and Edgware Road earlier this morning.

Around the city centre, everyone is walking. The tube is entirely closed down. Mainline trains are not coming into town, and members of staff arriving in the office say buses are not entering Zone 1 - the most central part of town, in which all today's explosions have taken place.

The first problems started at around 0850, when a series of explosions - blamed on power surges - rocked a series of stations in the centre of town. Tube lines started closing right after that.


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Strategy of tension?

07.07.2005 12:07
 http://www.isn.ch/php/collections/coll_gladio.htm

 http://context.themoscowtimes.com/stories/2005/02/18/120.html


Anon

terror attacks in london today

07.07.2005 12:09
terror attacks in london today
by dream spirit
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317016.html

my first impression

 audiotech@hotmail.co.uk
 http://www.tarana.org.uk/tarana.php?nr=1

well they finally attacked london...the timing is alsmost too perfect it almost seems surreal...attempting to wipe the smile off the smug war criminal political liar blair's face...just one day after london got the olympics...its as if the IOC decision and now this terror attack will take the minds of the G8 leaders focus away from africa and climate change(or give them an excuse to).i for one did not want london to get the olympics...these events only end up being a burden to ordinary tax payers for years to come.they wasted money billions on the "dome" now they will do the same on an even bigger scale with the 2012 olympics...and one day afer the IOC granted the games to the capital city they show they cannot prevent a major terror attack...and would id cards have stopped this....NO.these terror attacks are as sensless as they are despicable...but once again we will see our political leaders use them to control us and restrict our freedom.
it really is a mad fcked up world.i don't have any answers only to say that while ever there are glaring injustices left unattended to people in those oppressed parts of the world will carry out desperate acts of the nature we see in london today.
dreamspirit

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Such a perfect democracy...

07.07.2005 12:18
?Such a perfect democracy constructs its own inconceivable foe, terrorism. Its wish is to be judged by its enemies rather than by its results. The story of terrorism is written by the state and it is therefore highly instructive. The spectators must certainly never know everything about terrorism, but they must always know enough to convince them that, compared with terrorism, everything else must be acceptable, or in any case more rational and democratic.? Comments on the Society of the Spectacle Guy Debord, 1988

 http://www.notbored.org/commentaires.html


Anon
Homepage:  http://www.notbored.org/commentaires.html
Whodunnit

07.07.2005 12:24
Without a shadow of a doubt, the work of MI operatives
Problem reaction solution scam so obvious, and on a 7/7/7 (2+5) date only of interest to the masonic bastards who run the intelligence services, and the knights of Eulogia and Malta (Bush and Bliar), and those other grotesque thieves,mass murderers and satanists meeting in Gleneagles
The last time Blair, Bush and Her Majesty met on UK soil, there were bomb blasts against British interests in Turkey

Blair and those controlling him will now feel they can do whatever they want, and some of the public will now start demanding their ID cards, in the mistaken belief they will shelter them from these attacks, which are indeed, AN INSIDE JOB

dh

Israel warned of explosions

07.07.2005 12:31
Israel warned of explosions
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317021.html

paulo | 07.07.2005 12:04 | Indymedia | London
Israel warned by Scotland Yard of explosions

Senior Israeli officials were apparently warned by Scotland Yard
of explosions in London minutes before the first blasts were reported.

paulo

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Comments
Report: Israel Was Warned Ahead of First Blast

07.07.2005 12:28
This confirms your anchor's earlier comments...

 http://www.israelnationalnews.com/news.php3?id=85346

Report: Israel Was Warned Ahead of First Blast
13:30 Jul 07, '05 / 30 Sivan 5765


(IsraelNN.com) Army Radio quoting unconfirmed reliable sources reported a short time ago that Scotland Yard had intelligence warnings of the attacks a short time before they occurred.

The Israeli Embassy in London was notified in advance, resulting in Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu remaining in his hotel room rather than make his way to the hotel adjacent to the site of the first explosion, a Liverpool Street train station, where he was to address and economic summit.

At present, train and bus service in London have been suspended following the series of attacks. No terrorist organization has claimed responsibility at this time.

Israeli officials stress the advanced Scotland Yard warning does not in any way indicate Israel was the target in the series of apparent terror attacks.

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I should add there's a big Israeli Economic Conference at a Liverpool St Hotel today - now cancelled, but the 250 guests included Benjamin 'Bibi' Netenyahu (sp?) and the Israeli ambassador.

[opinion] So why were no warnings given in London? So we all go to work anyway - our leaders consider losses among us an acceptable price to keep business going, we've seen it before many times.... the IRA used to give warnings, the Yard would clain they were too late to be useful.

Chromatius

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appaling phot used in news report

07.07.2005 12:32


is this approproate?
 http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/news/wabc_070705_terrorattack.html

paul c

London's 9-11

07.07.2005 12:40
London's 9-11
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/317017.html

Og | 07.07.2005 11:57 | Repression | London
Like September 11th, this reeks of an inside job, right after Bush and Blair appeared before the media making trivial small talk and jokes. I'm afraid it's all so predictable.

As I predicted some time ago, if the Establishment conducted a "terrorist" outrage in Britain, the target would be London Underground. Sadly, today on the seventh day of the seventh month, I am in a position to say. "I told you so!"

At 8.49 am., news broke of exposions caused by a 'power surge' affecting several underground stations. It became clear this was a major incident with many walking wounded and the entire tube network was shut down. The National Grid deny there was a power surge.

Chaos ensued with a lack of co-ordination amongst emergency services and sparse information. Eyewitness reports from Liverpool St., Aldgate, Edgeware Road and Euston Stations all described "a flash and a bang" inconsistent with electrical failure.

However, at around 10.20 there were reports of a double decker tourist bus exploding in Tavistock Square. The top blew straight off and there are fatalities. Another two buses are rumoured to have experienced blasts and a bomb went off in the Liverpool Street area.

It was an hour before the word "attack" was uttered, but this series of explosions were evidently carefully timed and structured to cause maximum destruction during the rush hour. All this on the day the G8 summit officially opens in the UK.

It also comes the day after London's successful bid to host the 2012 Olympic games. The Olympics in London will demand a security crackdown, but in the light of this event, (our 9-11) retina scans and biometric I.D.'s will be made compulsory.

As of 10.30am, there has been no response from the Prime Minister at Gleneagles and 'al Qaeda' has not been mentioned... yet. I am videotaping the news bulletins, because if Canary Wharf blows, I want it recorded!

If this cleverly co-ordinated and executed attack is claimed to be the work of UK-based Muslim extremists, it beggars the question; why have they been wasting time messing about with ricin? I'll leave you to answer that question, but my money is on MI5... every time

Og

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london travel update

07.07.2005 12:47
london travel update
by clay pigeon
 http://www.indymedia.org.uk/en/2005/07/ 317023.html


12:20 pm

From BBC Radio London

Update on travel - people are advised not to go into central London at all.

Tube network shut

Buses in Zone 1 not operating

National Express bus in/out London not operating

National Rail - trains terminating at varioous locations outside London depending on the company.

Eurostar operating, but Eurostar asks people not to travel to continent- all tickets will be honoured.

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G8 protesters

07.07.2005 12:50
I really hope protesters in Scotland will not suffer in reaction to this (even though it's HIGHLY unlikely there's the least bit connection, most likely it's al Qaeda or an affiliated/sympathetic group). Things did not sound so good for people there this morning as it was, I really hope the police don't go overboard. Stay safe.

Concerned

images 07.Jul.2005 05:35

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7 blasts, 7th month, 7th day? 07.Jul.2005 05:51

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Bush more concerned on 7-7 then 9-11 07.Jul.2005 06:09

track star

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here comes the night of broken glass 07.Jul.2005 06:25

goebbels

Terrorists claim responsibility

Al Qaida terrorists have claimed responsibility for the London blasts on an Islamic website.

The unverified claim, made on the Al-Qal'ah - Fortress website (http://www.qal3ah.net), was posted by a group calling themselves the Secret Organisation Group of Al-Qa'ida of Jihad Organisation in Europe.

http://new.eveningnews24.co.uk/content/news/story.aspx?
brand=ENOnline&category=News&tBrand=ENOnline&tCategory=news&itemid=NOED07%20Jul%202005%2013%3A28%3A03%3A243


Terrorist atrocity in London 07.Jul.2005 07:33

Alan Woods info@marxist.com

 http://www.marxist.com/Europe/london-terrorist-attack070705.htm

Terrorist atrocity in London
By Alan Woods


At approximately ten to nine this morning London was rocked by a series of explosions in underground trains. Blasts were reported at Aldgate East, Edgware Rd, Kings Cross, Liverpool Street, Moorgate and Russell Square tube stations. A bus was ripped apart at Tavistock Square and London's transport network was paralysed. The capital was in a state of chaos. Scotland Yard declared the emergency a "major incident". The Home Secretary Charles Clarke reported that the explosions had caused "terrible injuries".

Eyewitnesses reported "multiple casualties" at Liverpool Street. One witness who had been in a train at the time of the explosions reported seeing bodies everywhere in the carriages and limbs lying on the floor. She said the carriage where an explosion happened was "black on the inside". She saw people who appeared to have their clothes blown off, and she saw bodies lying inside the carriage.

There were many more stories of horror. Shocked passengers spoke of victims covered in blood. People were seen streaming out of one underground station covered with blood and soot. Passengers were evacuated from stations across the capital, many in shock and with their clothes ripped to shreds. Hospitals have said they are no longer accepting non-emergency cases. They report serious head injuries, loss of limbs and injuries caused by smoke inhalation.

Loyita Worley, who works for a City law firm, told the BBC she was on the underground train when an explosion took place in the next carriage, while it was in a tunnel. The 49-year-old said: "All the lights went out and the train came to an immediate halt. There was smoke everywhere and everyone was coughing and choking, but remained calm. We couldn't open the doors."

The entire system was shut down and major thoroughfares were blocked off by police and ambulance services. Police sealed off large areas around other underground and mainline rail stations. Firemen donned chemical protection suits before rushing into stations. Emergency services crews were attending wounded passengers outside Aldgate station, and there were reports of passengers covered in soot emerging from King's Cross.

British Transport Police initially attributed the explosions to power surges but the electricity company later stated that nothing in the electricity supply could explain such a thing. The self-evident truth soon became clear: London was the target of a savage terrorist attack. It appears there were up to seven blasts. Officers were sent into the network to assist with rescue operations and were working at tunnel and platform level to help get people out. Travellers emerged from tunnels covered in blood. A British Transport police spokesman said that two trains remain stuck in tunnels. The effects of an explosion in a confined space, with flying shards of glass can only be imagined.

The first bomb on a bus exploded near Russell Square not long after several blasts were reported on London subways. A witness said the entire top deck of the bus was destroyed. A passenger said the bus was packed with people: "It was a massive explosion and there were papers and half a bus flying through the air," she said. One caller to BBC Five said his friend had seen "the bus ripped open like a can of sardines and bodies everywhere".

The causes of the incidents are so far unclear. But following the Madrid atrocity of last year, a link to the Middle East cannot be ruled out. As in Madrid, it was a well-planned coordinated attack. As in Madrid, no warning was issued. As in Madrid, the target was indiscriminate and calculated to kill and maim the maximum number of people. This has all the hallmarks of fanatics of the al-Oaeda type. Arab websites linked to al-Qaeda have apparently stated that the terrorist organization was behind the attacks. Though this has not yet been confirmed, it is entirely probable.

The explosions on the underground were timed to go off at a certain time, when a large number of ordinary working class people were travelling to work. This was then followed by an explosion on a bus. The bombings occurred one day after London was awarded the 2012 Olympics and the sense of collective shock was even greater as a result of the cruel contrast with the scenes of popular jubilation the day before. It also occurred as leaders of the Group of Eight rich nations met in Scotland. It seems probable that the attack has been planned to coincide with the latter.

The London attack is intended as a message. The content of this message is quite clear: you claim that the war on terror is being won, that the world is now a safer place, and the invasion of Iraq has succeeded, but all these claims are false. The identity of the terrorists is unknown, but whoever was responsible showed no mercy to the innocent victims of their actions. Such activities are utterly repugnant to anybody who defends the cause of socialism and the working class. This kind of action serves only to bolster the forces of reaction. There is absolutely no justification for it. It must be condemned outright.

Our condemnation of terrorist atrocities has nothing in common with the hypocritical condemnations of Bush and Blair. In his statement Tony Blair said: "Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families." In the next breath he then reiterated his determination to "defeat terrorism". These gentlemen shed no tears over the tens of thousands of innocent men, women and children slaughtered in Iraq as a result of their policies. That is also terrorism - terrorism on a far vaster and more inhuman scale. They have no moral right to condemn violence when they themselves are responsible for spreading wars and violence throughout the world in search of their own cynical agenda.

Horrific as they were, compared to the eleventh of September, the London attacks were on a relatively small scale. That was a spectacular attack that struck at the heart of the USA. But what was the end result? Only the strengthening of the most reactionary right wing elements of the ruling class, the strengthening of imperialism, the victory of George Bush, the invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq. In cases of murder the lawyers ask the question: cui bono? - who benefits. The only people who benefit from terrorism are the worst enemies of the working class, democracy and socialism.

We condemn the methods of the terrorists not only because they slaughter innocent people. We condemn them because they play into the hands of imperialism and reaction. We condemn them because they provide all the excuses Bush and Blair need to continue their criminal policies. It is a present to those right wing elements who are trying to restrict civil rights. The police will be given new powers. The state will be strengthened. Public opinion will be softened up for new acts of repression and military aggression with the excuse of "fighting terrorism" that will, in turn, increase the risk of terrorist attacks.

This is horror without end. It is a disease that is spreading like a global pandemic from one country and continent to another. Nobody is safe. No country is secure. The speeches of the leaders to the effect that "we are going to win the war on terror" ring hollow in the face of this.

The picture is still very confused. The population is stricken by shock and grief. It is natural that people are shocked and horrified. But when the smoke from the explosions finally clears, and when minds clear, some hard questions will have to be asked. It was clearly only a matter of time before the terrorist madmen would attack London. By his actions Tony Blair has placed his people in the front line of this madness. The result was entirely predictable.

The latest atrocity may seem to demonstrate the efficacy of the methods of terrorism. A small group of fanatics with bombs can paralyse a great city. Yet in the last analysis, the terrorists cannot succeed. These insane and barbaric acts only serve the interests of imperialism. Terrorism and imperialism feed off each other. The barbarities of the one serve as the pretext for the barbarities of the other. And it is always the ordinary people who pay the price.

The mass media will now have a field day. Blair and Bush will use this atrocity to try to justify their policy in Iraq and at home. But when people begin to reflect calmly on these events they will draw very different conclusions. The war on terror has not been won. The invasion of Iraq has destabilized the whole Middle East and made many new recruits for terrorist organizations like al-Qaeda. And the world is a far more dangerous place than it was before the invasion of Iraq.

London, 7 July.



See also: In Defence of Marxism -  http://www.marxist.com

Madrid atrocities: Who is responsible? by Alan Woods (March 12, 2004)
Terrorist Atrocity in Madrid By Alan Woods (March 11, 2004)

The bombings in Istanbul - The reactionary face of terrorism - Editorial statement (November, 21, 2003)

September 11 - two years on By Alan Woods (September 11, 2003)
US Suicide Bombing - Terrorism Aids Reaction By Ted Grant and Alan Woods (September,11, 2001)

Why Marxists oppose Individual Terrorism by Leon Trotsky (1909)


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'Vlog' Wild
By Zack Pelta-Heller, AlterNet
Posted on July 6, 2005
 http://www.alternet.org/story/23391/

Last fall, approximately 2.5 million Americans watched Jon Stewart call Tucker Carlson a "dick"; not because CNN's Crossfire had such a large viewing audience (only a half million tuned into the show itself), but because they could access Stewart's uproarious appearance on a slew of videoblogs, or "vlogs."

In the world's other high-profile democratization, the global democratization of media, vlogs appear to be the next stage. Whether by adding amateur video to blogs or by making video the focus, vloggers open windows into worlds, establishing direct lines of communication with content at once compelling and completely unfiltered by mainstream media.

Vlogs enable viewers to glimpse a checkpoint in Israel's West Bank, view services at black churches of the Mississippi Delta in 1968, or watch Jesse Jackson and busloads of Ohioans rally on Capital Hill against the results of the 2004 presidential election.

Then there's the lighter fare: a vlogger's aesthetically pleasing walking tour of a city set to music, or highlights from the U.S. Army's 230th birthday celebration in Cambridge, MA. Vlogs can be raw or edited, synched to soundtracks or featuring a narrator, but by nature, they create far more stimulating narratives than standard forms of print media. And, for the first time, this footage is becoming widely accessible for audiences throughout the world, fostering participatory journalism.

Jay Dedman, a prominent vlogger who co-founded the Yahoo Video Blogging Group, called the addition of video to blogs an obvious move. "Videoblogging is getting popular because people want to communicate with each other through video," Dedman said, adding, "Many people don't want to write about their lives, they want to show their lives." The only question that remains is whether vlogs will become as powerful a tool as their blog counterparts, both for politicians seeking grass roots support and citizen journalists alike. (continues...