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Four Know

by | 22nd, July 2005

‘IF the terrorists intent is to create fear, can we really say we are beating them?

Have coffee will carry on

“BRITAIN WILL NOT BE BEATEN,” says the Express. It’s right. The terrorists have no chance of winning in any war. But we can still lose.

Take the Sun’s headline: “4 SUICIDE BOMBERS ON LOOSE.” Can anyone read that and rest easy? No-one was injured as three attempted blasts created panic on the London Tube system and a small explosion rocked a bus, but they could have been.

The paper says passengers “fled in panic”, escaping with their lives because their would-be killers’ bombs failed to detonate properly.

This could give us some crumbs of comfort. Rather than being highly skilled bomb makers, these terrorists are so useless they were unable to even kill themselves.

Perhaps the authorities have already apprehended the master bomb maker, so leaving his stack of “Mother of Satan” explosives in the hands of someone not up to the task.

Perhaps, to borrow the invective of the Islamic extremists, God is not on their side and in His infinite wisdom put the mockers on his enemies’ plan to maim and murder.

In fleeing, these terrorists must have left clues that will prove invaluable in the fight against them. And so on…

It all depends on how we react. Do we run in fear of our lives, or do we carry on, put this failed imitation of the attack of July 7 down to experience?

But just as the resolve to carry on returns, the Mail screams: “I STARED INTO BOMBER’S EYES.” It goes on: “With four failed suicide bombers on the run last night, a London Underground passenger told how he came face to face with one of them.”

It’s a compelling read, as Abisha Moyo hears a bang and turns to see a young man lying arms outstretched and eyes closed on top of his rucksack.

Inside the paper there’s an artist’s impression of the scene at Oval Tube station as a skinny man, aged 18-19, with a wispy beard and holding a rucksack positions himself alongside a woman and her baby in a busy carriage.

There’s a pop from the man’s rucksack. Then three men try to wrestle the bag off him. He escapes their clutches, leaving the bag on the train. He dashes up an escalator.

A florist manages to lay a hand on him, but the failed bomber evades the challenge and leaps the ticket barrier. He disappears into the crowd.

We should applaud the bravery of anyone who tried to stop him – would you want to hold onto someone who in all likelihood had just tried to kill you or just be happy to see him go?

What will happen next? We don’t know. So rather than fear the worst, let’s consider some facts.

Some of us have had what one anti-terrorist officer calls a “bloody lucky escape”.

Four men high on religion are on the loose. Ten million Londoners and city workers are looking out for them. The people who gave them the bombs are looking for them. The armed forces are looking for them. The police are looking for them.

Hey, even London Underground is looking for the bomber who failed to produce a valid ticket at the barrier.

Which leads us to the question: who should be afraid? Us or them..?’



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