We Stand By London As London Stood by Us
Last Thursday morning at the height of its rush hour, London, the capital of the United Kingdom, was rocked by three explosions in its Underground, or subway system. One more explosion blew apart one of the city’s famous double-decker buses. As the Gazette goes to press, more than 50 people are known to have died in the blasts and some 700 were injured, at least 20 of them critically. A terrorist group, by its own admission an affiliate of Al Qaida, claimed responsibility.
The British government has proved our friend and ally many times and Prime Minister Tony Blair, in denouncing the attacks, has declared that the slaughter of innocent people will not deter his country from continuing to join in the ongoing battle against terrorism and repression in these nations alongside the United States. United we stand—and will continue to stand.
As London stood by us, offering care, concern and support in our hour of need Sept. 11, 2001, so do we extend our sympathy, aid and comfort now. We grieve with the families and friends of the dead and offer our prayers for the swift and complete recovery of the wounded. Some four years ago in the face of the worst terrorist attack on American soil, we declared, “We will prevail.” Blair, flanked by G-8 summit leaders and President George W. Bush, reiterated the sentiment, and we join him. The vile acts of the murderers and thugs that stalk the earth seeking whom they may devour will not stop decent people, be they British, American, Afghani, Iraqi or anyone else, from living free and independent lives in free and independent nations throughout the world.