July 07, 2005

Howie's roundup London, Seal and Orange alert

Well I don't really want to update Mike Pechar's post so I will start one of my own. I will add a few links below to a couple other stories going on today. Also below the break I will post various quotes and comments I have collected up so far today. I may update this thread later and Mike if you feel the need update your post as well.

The Taliban claims it is holding the last missing Navy Seal. While I hope he is safe and will return it appears doubtfull at this time. Let's keep him and his family in our prayers. One look at the news this AM and you see what is likely to happen.

Orange alert for Mass Transit in USA.

The latest death toll in London Ranges from 33 to 40 killed 390 to 1000 injured. I have several links I have been watching today I will list them below the break along with quotes and stuff. I just want to say my heart goes out to London and all of Britain. Mike Pechar's thread below seems to be getting a lot of comments. I noticed Mike stopped updating that one and moved on. So where ever you would like to put yours go ahead.


NPR just reported that Egypt has confirmed the death of it's top diplomat in Iraq.

Also ABCNEWS is reporting two unexploded bombs were found in London.

Breaking News from ABCNEWS.com:



From a breaking news email I recieved

so far this am these links seemed to be useful to me.

NPR - has been streaming NPR news with some good updates.
Foxnews - has Pretty good coverage.
ABCNEWS. Has an entire page convering every aspect of the events.
skynews. Links with Foxnews.
The Times of London. Also linking to foxnews has timelines and in depth coverage from Britain.

These links are pretty easy to find it's just that since I've been hitting them all morning it seemed pudent to list them. Below I've compiled some quotes from the day including Tony Blair, President Bush, the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone . As well as an exerpt from the terrorist statement release this am on a website.

Mr Tony Blair Prime minister of Great Britain. Several Quotes here.

"We condemn utterly these barbaric attacks. We send our profound condolences to the victims and their families. All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism. Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation but on all nations and on civilized people everywhere. We will not allow violence to change our societies or our values, nor will we allow it to stop the work of this summit. We will continue our deliberations in the interests of a better world. Here at this summit, the world's leaders are striving to combat world poverty and save and improve human life. The perpetrators of today's attacks are intent on destroying human life. The terrorists will not succeed. Today's bombings will not weaken in any way our resolve to uphold the most deeply held principles of our societies and to defeat those who would impose their fanaticism and extremism on all of us. We shall prevail and they shall not".
"All of our countries have suffered from the impact of terrorism, Those responsible have no respect for human life. We are united in our resolve to confront and defeat this terrorism that is not an attack on one nation, but all nations and on civilized people everywhere."
"It's important, however, that those engaged in terrorism realize that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people and a desire to impose extremism on the world,"

President Bush had this to say.

"I spent some time recently with the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, and had an opportunity to express our heartfelt condolences to the people of London, people who lost lives. I appreciate Prime Minister Blair's steadfast determination and his strength. He's on his way now to London here from the G8 to speak directly to the people of London. He'll carry a message of solidarity with him. This morning I have been in contact with our Homeland Security folks. I instructed them to be in touch with local and state officials about the facts of what took place here and in London, and to be extra vigilant, as our folks start heading to work. The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London and what's taking place here is incredibly vivid to me. On the one hand, we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty, to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people. And the contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill -- those who have got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks. The war on terror goes on. I was most impressed by the resolve of all the leaders in the room. Their resolve is as strong as my resolve. And that is we will not yield to these people, will not yield to the terrorists. We will find them, we will bring them to justice, and at the same time, we will spread an ideology of hope and compassion that will overwhelm their ideology of hate"

London Mayor Ken Livingstone.

"I want to say one thing, specifically to the world today — this was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful, it was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian ... young and old … that isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted fate, it is an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder. They seek to divide London, they seek Londoners to turn against each other ... this city of London is the greatest in the world because everybody lives side by side in harmony. Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange to taking others ... but I know you do fear you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society ... in the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports and look at our railway stations ... you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world, will arrive in London to become Londoners, to fulfill their dream and achieve their potential … whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail."

contrast those with the statement by the terrorist bastards themselves.

"Rejoice, Islamic nation. Rejoice, Arab world. The time has come for vengeance against the Zionist crusader government of Britain in response to the massacres Britain committed in Iraq and Afghanistan, The heroic mujahedeen carried out a blessed attack in London, and now Britain is burning with fear and terror, from north to south, east to west. We continue to warn the governments of Denmark and Italy and all the Crusader governments that they will be punished in the same way if they do not withdraw their troops from Iraq and Afghanistan. He who warns is excused."

This is what they find worthy to rejoice.

It was a massive explosion and there were papers and half a bus flying through the air," she said. One Sky News reporter in Russell Square reported that "body after body" is being pulled from the Russell Square tube station as ambulances show up. Doctors apparently are wandering around in orange suits going into the tube tunnels. Some of the wounded are exiting the station.

Jarvis Medhurst told CNN:

"I was working at the Tavistock Hotel and a bus exploded literally 40 meters away from me. There was a massive explosion and a cloud of smoke, and then when the smoke stated to die down, you could see the wrecked bus, which was on fire. "There were bodies everywhere. Heads and bits of bodies, heads and arms and legs all ripped away. "There seemed to be kids lying around as well as adults. I'm just in shock, it's something I'll never forget."

Just really really sick is all I can say. We must stand with and support Britain in this most troubling time.

By Howie at 12:12 PM | Comments |