Pathetic attacks by groups that may or may not claim responsibility on the innocent commuting public bring to mind people with the ethics and intelligence of a petulant and mentally slow child. Sadly a deadly petulant child, but no more mature in outlook. At the time of writing no clear indication has come to light as to who is responsible, nor what their motive was. The two main trains of thought seem to be that it was,
- An attempt to undermine the successful London Olympic bid, and that any city that won would have suffered an attack, or
- Just another cowardly attempt by extremists to cause indiscriminate death and injury on innocent bystanders that have little or nothing to do with world events, and possibly even marched in demonstrations against the invasion of Iraq.
In ancient times opposing armies held strong beliefs that they would win the battle if their God was stronger than the deity of the opposing side. Jihad came from the time of the crusades, and was the rallying point for an army that pitted the strength of its Gods forces against another's. And in the name of that God men fought face to face, army to army, swords drawn; and regardless of religious belief, both sides believed that if they died bravely for a worthy cause they would be welcomed by their God for their sacrifice.
Bombing bystanders on public transport does not fit that mould, and I personally cannot conceive of any God who would condone such action. And if these people, and I use that term lightly, are still pitting the strength one God against another, why can they not see that the need to resort to backhanded acts of terror is a clear indication of where they stand in his eyes.
At this time my wife, my best mate and my family all have close relatives in London. I doubt very much that we will be unlucky enough to hear bad news, but to know that in the course of their daily lives they may get caught up in a situation such as this is horrifying. It also strikes me that attacks directed at public places in a city where many Muslims live makes little sense.
Sydney has not suffered as New York, Madrid and London have, but the horror of these events touches us all. Our thoughts are with you.