These latest clusters of attacks really have me re-evaluating my stance on all of this. I was, and still am opposed to the Iraq war, primarily b/c A + B doesn't equal C in my opinion. However, I am quickly beginning to believe that it's time to take drastic action with these people. I'm all in favor of an East vs. West debate/conversation, like in the "public sphere" Habermas sense, but this conversation can't include bombs that specifical;ly target civilians. I'm really, really tired of this shit, and I'm beginning to believe that these groups need a severe ass kicking, and if America needs to be the hated schoolyard bulley that does it, then so be it.....
30/03/04 - News and city section
Terror bombs seized
By Justin Davenport and Hugh Dougherty, Evening Standard
An al Qaeda plot to blast London was dramatically foiled by police today.
Seven hundred police swooped in a series of 6am raids in the capital and the Home Counties. They found half a tonne of fertiliser explosives - enough for a series of terror "spectaculars".
The terrorist suspects arrested by police are believed to have chosen "soft targets" for bombings including pubs and clubs. One of the suspects being held had a job at Gatwick Airport, immediately raising concerns over airlines and passengers.
A total of eight men - all of them British citizens of Pakistani descent, three of them teenagers - were arrested in the operation, with police from five forces searching a total of 24 addresses across London and the South-East.
The ammonium nitrate explosives were discovered in a self-storage warehouse in Hanwell, west London and have now been made safe. They are the same explosives that al Qaeda used in attacks in Bali, Saudi Arabia and Turkey.
The raids came only two weeks after Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir John Stevens warned that an attack on London was "inevitable" and that the targets could include pubs, clubs and shopping centres.
Scotland Yard deputy assistant commissioner Peter Clarke said today: "I must stress the threat from terrorism is very real and the public must remain watchful and alert."