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SilverBlade
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Icon 2 posted July 07, 2005 04:31      Profile for SilverBlade   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
6 stations of the London Underground have been almost simultaneously bombed. 3 double decker buses have also been bombed. Reports of a high number of casualities and fatalities.

This is coinciding with the G8 conference which is supposed to discuss the issue of poverty and the climate changes and its impact.

What a disguisting act.

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Could our Londoners please check in? Cheezi? Spungo? Anyone????
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Yes, please check in. Hey-U?? Spungo, cheezi?

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Boo.

The cheez be in France at the mo. Divint naw aboot Hey-U... cell phone networks are down anyway...

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Ghaaahhhh....

It is currently 1:40pm GMT here and I have only just become aware of the London bombings....

Like me I suspect many other UK GCers are busily working away in their places of employment.

London is an hour by train from me but in my younger years I used to commute to London by train (Liverpool Street) and tube so I know most of the areas bombed personally.

This is a horrible outrage obviously perpetrated by some terrorist group but for what purpose I wouldn't like to say.

To be honest I think most of us knew it wasn't so much *if* such an attack happens as *when* and I am really quite surprised this hasn't happened earlier (not that that diminishes my shock and disgust)

[Mad]

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Damn it. [Frown]

To all our Londoners and English posters: I'm sorry your city has had to go through this. I hope all is well for you and your loved ones.

Cheers,
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I'm glad you guys are okay. I was suprised and relieved the death toll is so low at least so far. The pictures are so shocking, you feared worse. Hugs to all
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Yeah, it's a shock. Especially just after the results of the Olympic Bid were announced, and all the Londoners were feeling so proud... [Frown]
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Spungo, thanks for letting us know you're ok.
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quote:
Originally posted by Grey_girl:
Spungo, thanks for letting us know you're ok.

I don't think anyone has ever said spungo was ok.

Has anyone/group claimed responsibity yet (sorry I am on PST only 08:41 here)

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quote:
Originally posted by Grey_girl:
Spungo, thanks for letting us know you're ok.

Ah, shucks! [Happytears] If it weren't for you and Snupes I'd still be under the impression that the only thing folks would remember of me would be an unpleasant smell. [Wink]

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[Frown] such terrible news. Our thoughts and sympathies go out to the victims and their families, and to Londoners and UKers.

[Mad]

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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
quote:
Originally posted by Grey_girl:
Spungo, thanks for letting us know you're ok.

I don't think anyone has ever said spungo was ok.

Has anyone/group claimed responsibity yet (sorry I am on PST only 08:41 here)

According to CNN a previously unknown group calling itself the "Secret al Qaeda Organization in Europe" has claimed responsibility.

As for Spungo being ok, well, physically ok is really what I meant. We all know he's not mentally ok. I didn't think I had to be specific. [Wink]

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I was stunned to read this this morning.

Sending out my best wishes to all.

And my concern is out for all the GCer's that are out there.

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quote:
Originally posted by Cap'n Vic:
Has anyone/group claimed responsibity yet (sorry I am on PST only 08:41 here)

Yeah, some group related to Al Quaeda, according to Radio-Canada/CBC. Although I somehow doubt it. I haven't seen many images, but from the moment I heard about it, I had a feeling it isn't any "large scale" attack, but a few home-made bombs of limited power just set to explode at the same time by a small group of extremist nutters. (Aditu's comment about low number of casualities goes toward that, too, but I haven't found any estimation yet, so I can't vouch for that.) On the other hand, I could very well be wrong, my 6th sense is far from perfect.

Also, chances are there is no relation to the Olympics coming to London, but much more with the opening of the G8 summit.

I feel that Blair leaving the summit sends the wrong message - that those terrorist actions can affect countries. I know it's hard not to act emotional in such circumstances, yet I feel it would be much more effective a message: "we don't fear you." But that's my opinion.

Anyway, hope every GCers in that area are safe, and their families too. And I wish not too many people will stay scarred forever by those nutters' actions.

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I woke up, turned on the radio, and heard about it on my favorite music station. [Frown] There's no words...

Someone was saying this was because of the Olympics, but 24 hours isn't enough time to plan an attack on this scale.

Blair did what he needed to do by going back to London to deal with the immediate aftermath. Last I heard he was heading back up to Scotland. It's his country that's hosting the bloody summit, so he needs to be there, and it's his country that's been attacked, so he needs to go back and talk to his ministers as well. If they G8 summit got canned completely I'd say they were caving to terrorists, but for Blair to return to London for a few hours to deal with a tragedy like this is good leadership and politics on his part. He's the Prime Minister after all.

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Such a safe place Bush and Blair have made this sorry-ass world...

What gets me is how reactive we are in this so-called war on terror. To fight this thing, shouldn't we be anticipating the terrorists and not patching the holes they find after a tragedy strikes? We aren't winning folks. We aren't even learning (anyone remember Madrid?). Today showed us that.
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quote:
Originally posted by spungo:
quote:
Originally posted by Grey_girl:
Spungo, thanks for letting us know you're ok.

Ah, shucks! [Happytears] If it weren't for you and Snupes I'd still be under the impression that the only thing folks would remember of me would be an unpleasant smell. [Wink]
Well, that, too. [Wink]

Glad you're ok.

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I've been listening to the BBC since I got back to my desk. The death toll has gone up since I first heard. Those poor families.
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The theory I heard was that it was to embarass Blair in front of the G8. Couldn't they pie him or squirt water at him or call him names instead?!?! MAN!! Why kill innocent people?!??! Why EVER kill innocent people??!??! Why ever KILL at all?!?!?

The circle of violence on all sides seems to be well underway. I'm not a Christian, but I believe in Jesus' message that violence will destroy us. We've been ignoring that message for too long. [weep]

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When I woke up and turned on the TV, it was the first thing I saw. One of my best friends was travelling to work this morning when the attacks began, and he works not five minutes from Kings Cross. It was practically impossible to get through to London on the mobile phone networks, to find out if he was okay, so there began a morning of panicked ringing and texting between people who were all wondering if others had heard from him. We eventually found out that he is fine, thank God, though obviously shaken up. It was really scary, though, to think that things could so easily have been so different, and for so many others in similar situations, they were a heck of a lot worse.

It makes me so angry. More angry than anything because right now it seems like this kind of thing will never stop happening.

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I wonder what they think they will have accomplished by doing this. It's just so stupid. [Mad]

I'm glad to hear that the GCers from that area are ok.

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This is the first I've heard of this -- I my heart goes out to all of you across the pond.

X, Bush and Blair didn't do this -- The bombers did. Whatever "reasons" they have, the reason is because they are sick.

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quote:
Originally posted by GameMaster:

X, Bush and Blair didn't do this -- The bombers did. Whatever "reasons" they have, the reason is because they are sick.

By saying that they are sick, you are giving them an excuse for their actions. It's much like saying Hitler killed all those people because he was crazy. It gives him the ability to dodge reponsibility for one of the most effective mass slaughtering of humans in history. And he knew exactly what he was doing.

As for it not being Bush and Blairs' fault, I hold George Bush and his entire regime responsible for every death [be it innocent civilian, Iraqi citizen, U.S. military personnel, etc.] that has occured on and since 9/11. If their greedy, oil-hungry asses hadn't gone fscking around with other countries' internal affairs, none of this would have ever happened.


Edit: Take /that/ Godwin's Law.

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quote:
Originally posted by skylar:
It was practically impossible to get through to London on the mobile phone networks, to find out if he was okay, so there began a morning of panicked ringing and texting between people who were all wondering if others had heard from him.

Apparently, GSM networks are turned off in a situation like this to allow emergency-related people to use the bandwidth. I was wondering whether or not that idea is really effective. Isn't it possible to use other bands for emergency services and allow the public to attempt (albiet, all at the same time) to contact loved ones? (<--edit: punctuation)

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38 dead, 700 injured

Does *anyone* anywhere have any idea what these attacks were supposed to achieve? Because I don't...

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