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      04.12.2009 12:56
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      Here's hoping humour can get us through this...

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      Disclaimer: the following may contain satire.
      CARRY ON

      If we are to believe the media, then terrorists are lurking around every corner, plotting our downfall at every step, hiding anthrax up their bottoms and large paramilitary armies up their sleevies. Prior to 9/11 (or 11/9 as it should properly be called in Europe), the major terrorist bugbear in the UK was the IRA man. However, the IRA were less of a threat, because at least they played fair - giving us warnings of bombings etc. Of course, this very British sense of fair play only acts against them, as such values merely prove that, ultimately, they have more in common with Britain than they would like to believe, and therefore should be part of the Empire.

      The current global terrorist bugbear is Islamic extremism. Never mind that such extremists are in the minority, never mind that the majority of Muslims condemn the actions of suicide bombers and other terrorists. Statements from such prominent Americans as radio presenter Michael Savage such as, "not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists happen to be Muslim" (which has become something of a motto among various right-wing groups in America) merely propagate the fear that beneath every Turban lies a ticking time bomb. Therefore we can ignore the fact that since the majority of Muslims do not wear turbans (which is more associated with Sikhism, although many Muslims will wear headdresses), much of the fear engendered against the wearers of turbans is completely misplaced.

      Indeed, we now know that terrorists, rather than being a generic term for freedom fighters of varying backgrounds, beliefs, goals, aims and methods of achieving said goals, are a worldwide and united group of Islamic Extremists bent on bringing down the West under the leadership of that famous wheelchair-bound Bond villain and leader of SPECTRE, Ernst Stavro Blofeld. Sorry - I meant Osama Bin Laden, and the dialysis machine he is hooked up to. So easy to get the two confused.

      The fear of terrorism hugely outweighs the fact of terrorism. Several years ago, the Shetland Isles were organising the Island Games, a series of athletic events and games that the various islands take part in. Despite the fact that they were expecting an audience of, at most, 10,000, and the fact that it was the Shetland Islands (a.k.a. least offensive place in the universe), they still created a Terrorism Response Committee. This was working on the assumption that the terrorists had slept through the Olympic and Commonwealth games, and were ready to take down the world's next major sporting event, as well as bringing down the decadent Western institution that is the Shetland Fisherman's Association - which, as we all know, is the one stumbling block in the terrorists' attempt to impose Sharia Law upon the UK.

      Terrorism has affected me personally; as Muslims all wear beards, beard-wearing has never been so unfashionable. I have a beard, because without one, thanks to my balding head and round face, I look scarily like Matt Lucas. However, I see the look of fear and revulsion on people's faces when I go out in public, and I dread visiting London lest I am chased down and shot on the Underground in a case of mistaken beardentity.

      Terrrorists have numerous ingenious methods of attacking the UK, such as dousing a jeep in petrol, setting it on fire and driving it into Glasgow airport, based on the belief that petrol explodes, rather than burns, when lit. It was also based on the idea that such an attack could scare a Scotsman enough that he wouldn't visit the Duty Free shop. We are told that there are terrorist manuals available on the internet, and we can only assume that they must have FAQ sections at the back:
      Question: Why won't my petrol explode when I set it on fire?
      Answer: have you tried praying to Allah? You must be strong in faith!
      Question: How do I create a 'dirty' bomb?
      Answer: Intelligence suggests that you need Uranium cake. If you cannot get hold of any, try some regular cake. It might still work. That's what Abu Hamza did, and he is definitely someone to trust when it comes to explosives.

      We are told that it is only thanks to increased vigilance and security measures that the terrorist organisation SPECTRE (sorry, Al-Qaeda) have not yet taken over the world and obliterated its gold supplies with stolen nuclear weapons. We know this is their plan after seeing it in an intercepted terrorist training video entitled "Goldfinger". This is why we must have CCTV on every corner and a three hour wait at the airport to get through security. These checks now include removing your shoes and passing them through an X-Ray scanner to detect explosives. This is nonsense, as clearly there is only one way to walk whilst wearing shoes filled with explosives: very, very carefully. All you need to do is search anyone walking on their tiptoes - although this could lead to problems for ballet dancers.

      We are told that this is why the police need to be able to hold a terrorist for 90 days without charge - because if they haven't found the evidence they need to convict within 40, they are going to need some extra time to find it (i.e., plant it).

      There have been some benefits brought about from this. You may have heard of the George Dubya Drinking Game. It is simplicity itself; just find a speech of Dubya's on Youtube, and drink any time he says 'terrorist', 'terrorism' or 'democracy'. There are rumours of an extreme version, where you also drink any time he says 'freedom', but anyone who has played it has not yet come out of the alcohol-induced coma to confirm. It should be pointed out that in a strictly honest universe, this games should be called Hello-And-Goodbye-Mr-Braincell-And-Any-Sense-Of-Moral-Decency.

      So, how do we deal with terrorism? I think I might have an answer - love. There is so much aggression, so much hate developed against terrorists that it is no wonder that they are the way they are. If everyone hated me so much that they kept forming Coalitions and Holy Crusades to drop bombs on my house then I'd probably want to blow stuff up in return, too. Our hate for terrorists has caused them to hate us, and that hate has shrivelled them from fine, upstanding, noble human beings into the stunted, hairy, smelly, twisted beings that they have become. Love is the antithesis of hate, and love always conquers hate. Therefore, I propose a method that should allow us to put an end to terrorism. I hereby declare that we should call this week International Hug-A-Terrorist Week. Everyone must go out and find a terrorist, give him a great big hug and tell him how much you love him (don't go into too much detail, though). And, if you can't find a terrorist, just find a Muslim - because, as Michael Savage said, not all Muslims are terrorists, but all terrorists are Muslims.

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        10.08.2009 18:23
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        There is no way to put such a delicate topic into a sentence

        Terrorism, when the word comes to my mind, I get flashbacks of 9/11, the July Bombings, the Bali Bombings and many other major incidents. It seems that terrorism has and always will be around us, even though we might not be "aware" of it. I always get a shocking chill down my spine each time I hear the word, it just makes you shake with not fear but anger. You keep asking yourself, is there anything in the world that can justify the actions of those responsible for those cowardly acts. When fighting a war, one can easily picture men that have signed up to serve their country putting themselves on the frontline. Instead, with some incidents, you get cowards targeting innocent people, young, old, women that have nothing to do with any conflict, or political decisions. It is completely unacceptable to carry out such an act of mass murder, a secretary on her way to work, she does not make any military decisions nor control the economic sanctions that may be imposed on a rogue terrorist state or country, in fact she might not even be fully aware of support the actions which the government has taken. None the less, it is just unimaginable how a person/human could just deliberately target innocent people that can't defend themselves against such a threat directly, when they are no expected to be able to do so.

        It seems easier and easier, as more major incidents occur, people somehow manage to start to just ignore and just be naive about the extent to which terrorism affects them and their personal life. The worst part or feeling is probably the fact that you can't do anything to change the events on that day. It is quite simple to imagine yourself in the shoes of the victims, just standing there almost hopeless because you can just retaliate and launch an offensive attacks against the people that are responsible for these acts of mass murder. Instead, one can only just look/watch the news reports, videos and articles about the incident and almost feel guilty and vulnerable to a certain degree because there will be nothing that you as a person can do to stop it or avoid such a attack in the future.

        Sometimes, I feel that as humans, we can be a bit naive. Terrorism, it only happens in movies and films, United 93, Munich, Flight 93, The Kingdom and many others. We only really become fully aware of these potential tragedies when we watch something that reminds us of it visually. Personally, I don't feel a sense of fear or shock when witnessing these acts of terror being portrayed in the media and for entertainment purposes, instead I feel anger towards these cowards which claim that they are fighting a fair war. In a country like Iraq or Afghanistan, suicide bombings are almost a daily occurrence if not hourly. When you watch reports about these incidents, it is simple how our brain and mind just comforts ourselves by constantly reminding us that we are thousands of miles away from such a place and we are safe from such attacks. But when we are made aware that there are people out there that intend to hurt us, with no other objective than to just get a high body count and hurt as many people as possible is just shocking and at times unbelievable.

        Many terrorist acts are designed to inflict fear into people of the targeted location or country, they tend to try to cause damage that is clearly visible to the people, especially civilians. By attacking public locations, they aim to just disrupt lives and hope that they would live in fear and just give into their demands. Any terrorist attacks can mark the darkest day in a country's history, it is like a bad nightmare that keeps playing in your head. Thousands of lives have been ended by evil, despicable acts of terror.
        Terrorism has been around for a very long time now, you can find it in many places, but once it comes to our shores, we need to understand that. There is not one country in the world that is totally free from such incidents and there is no way to measure or quantify what could force these terrorist cells or groups to launch an attack. People often ask themselves why they were targeted for attack, and it seems almost impossible to really understand it.

        Thinking of terrorism also leads you to think about issues such as the support we provide to other countries which are heavily affected by the issue of terrorism. It is just too simple to point the finger at the top countries of the world and blame them for not giving enough support and financial funding to countries to "improve them" and "help them". However, it is really hard to judge the actions and consequences that these attempts to assist them. Although it is not the view shared by the majority of the people in some countries which are currently being helped to be redeveloped, there are a same percentage which sees the aid given as a threat and that by doing so, they have stepped out of line. Such feelings of disagreement could potential fuel a huge problem for the countries that provide the aid and supports. Furthermore, there is no guarantee that by providing aid, the country would benefit greatly and everything will be "perfect". For example, the boxes and crates of medical and food supplies that have been sent out in hope of helping people that are effected by poverty or acts of a rogue government, has become a tool that certain individuals have used to benefit themselves financially. There are even claims that the transactions and revenue from these aids have been indirectly used to fund terrorism or other military regimes. Therefore, it would be hard for a wealthy country to just dump a huge amount of cash or aid onto a country in need and expect everything to be perfect after a year or two. Ideally, they would also send their personnel to deal with the distributions and just supervise the use of the aids, however this could be seen as a threat again. There is no simple solution to any problems and issues in the world, especially when everybody has a hidden agenda.

        Another issue that arises is human rights, which is one word that I do not particularly enjoy hearing in certain situations. It seems that some people are more interested in the welfare of the people or suspects that have or that are caught planning acts of terror that intend to harm themselves, rather than the welfare of our military personnel or any other private or government organisations which are assigned to protect our country. I feel people have taken the sense of security and freedom for granted, they feel that it is their god given right to be safe and be protected from any potential threats. It is perfectly fine to take this for granted, but to protest against and verbally assault the very people who have put their lives on the front line to protect us. This is where the argument which has been used to many times, always arises, "how can they be helping people if they are killing them". Many people assume they go in with guns blazing, just shooting everyone and everything in their sights. In fact it is far from that, and there is a logical conclusion. Many people assume that the main role of the soldier is to kill people or murder them, this is a fair assumption. But take away that mental image of them just killing people for no apparent reason, they are invading a country to help the majority of its citizens that have been dictated by a rogue government. And like any other mission, there will be people that are opposed against their actions, they are right to have an objection but this would be best expressed in the form of contacting the relevant people, organising a meeting, signing a petition or any other civilised approach. Sadly, there are a few individuals that feel that violence is the only way to get their message across to others, therefore in order to achieve the mission of objective to protect the innocent people of a country, they would have to defend both themselves and the civilians against these perpetrators of violence. Now to put it into context, literally imagining your neighbour or someone in your neighbourhood going on a massacre just because he or she did not agree with your newly constructed house extension. Then you think to yourself is it actually justifiable to act with violence instead of taking a logical and civilised approach which would be to complain to the relevant authority.

        You can never really sum up terrorism in any number of pages, it might be impossible to do so. Therefore, I will update this topic when new issues arise, therefore stay tuned. I would also like to take this opportunity to salute and thank the brave men and women of our armed forces, government agencies, police force and any other personnel that have contributed to the freedom and security of our country.
        To any personnel or staff reading this, you are the treasure of our country. The unsung heroes of our nation.

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          26.04.2009 14:53
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          Theres nothing we can do,

          Well I'm obviously not going to agree with terrorism...as I don't think anyone would. Its a terrible thing which is getting worse and worse in todays society with yet another huge terrorist plot been foiled just a couple of weeks ago in the North West, where plans to blow up heavily populated places like the Trafford Centre during the easter school holidays were in place. Luckily this was stopped...though obviously we can't know for sure what would have happened otherwise...we do only have the police and the Governments word for what went on afterall...and well....can we really trust everything they say!?

          Terrorism has been around for decades, whether in the form of the IRA blowing up Warrington town centre and killing two young boys, or Al Queda bombers. But every since 9/11 knowledge of terrorism has grown and we're all much more aware of it...and its much more around us.

          I have very mixed feelings on how to deal with Terrorism around the world...people say its only Muslims who are terrorists, but thats not strictly true. And i do think that alot of Muslims are been targeted by social discrimination because of the stigma attached to their religion...but if I am honest, and yes this will offend some people: they ask for it.

          I don't mean that to sound rude or racist as its not meant in that way, but it is asked for in some respects. I was at the aiport a while ago, and a group of muslim girls went through security, they were in a family, a couple of young children, and a few young women, and a couple of men...the women had the full Burkha on, the one covering their whole face.......at check in, their passports were handed over, and they were let through...who is to say that is who they say it is underneath their Burkha!? Didn't David Beckham actually use one for a disquise a few years ago!??!?!?! Then, going through security, as most of us do these days with rings, keys, belts etc, a couple of them beeped away, but...their religion means they cannot be frisked! I then went through and beeped myself...normally its the metal in my bra, and I was taken to one side, took off my shoes removed all items of clothing that weren't covering me up, and frisked to high heaven. But, they get through with none of this...despite the fact that security it supposed to be higher nowadays...

          This does make me alot mroe suspicious of people of that faith, and it shouldn't. Its wrong to think like that, but we are made to think like that because of they way they're treated..and half the time it isn;t their fault but the countries for their fear of offending people and been so PC that its ruining the way people interact!!

          As I said, I don't really know what can be done about Terrorism, I think this whole "war" which is going on, is making matters worse not better, and I don't honestly think that killing our soldiers for the sake of the USA is helping us at all. I mean think about it, it all started with 9/11...which many people think was set up by the US Government anyway (and with Bush in power at the time who would be surprised), England only started getting a bashing when we joined them in their "war on terror". And has it got any better since 2001????? Has it hell.

          People are wrongly accused, a man was shot when London transport was targeted a few years back, and he had nothing to do with it, just cbecause of the colour of his skin, and the fact he was running...well shove a flaming bomb under your bus and blow your city apart and lets see if you stand there still eh!!!!!! You have guns pointed at your face, bombs going off all around the city, and your suspected to be a terrorist...of course your gonna damn run! But that poor man was shot dead by the police.

          My opinion on terrorism is well its bad. Lol. But theres nothing anybody can do about it, until Al Queda or whoever it is who is doing this to the world gets whatever it is that they want, (which I don't even know what it is!) then its going to carry on...I don't think they'll be happy until theres a Nuclear War and we're all incinerated and only the cockroaches remain.

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            Houston we have a problem...

            So another mass public terror arrest of Pakistanis in the United Kingdom, only to see them all released the following week. Does anyone remember the same thing happening with those guys accused of plotting to blow up Old Trafford about four years ago, they also released without charge? In fact the police have arrested over 1500 Muslims since 911 and only charged 135 on terror offences, which saw only 34 jailed for serious terror offences, the rest going down on petty fraud and bank card crime, many in the Muslim community seeing these arrests as politically motivated with the back up 'nick' of general criminality and immigration offences the safety net for the arrests. The Greater Manchester chief police officer defending the raids said its often the case that of 100 people, questioned for an offence sees 90% released and of the 10 percent then arrested only 10 percent of those are charged ad go to jail, which is a -1-1000 ratio, the guilty ratio we have seen in the Asian Muslim community over terror arrests.

            I tend to agree. We don't need reminding of Forrest Green in East London where 100 police officers were required to tape off a single street and accidentally discharge a weapon into an innocent mans shoulder to show how damaging these raids can be in the community and how not to surprise terrorists. Of the 17 people arrested over the airline plots in 2006 only two have been prosecuted.

            Our presence in Iraq and blind support of Israel are the reasons why these guys are angry in the Mosques and gyms across the inner-cities and yet we don't let them have that say and debate on the things they are seething about, which must be infuriating. This constant demonising of the British Muslim community, for me, pushed them over the edge on 7\7, almost as if that was the plan all along by MI5&6 to achieve that outcome so justifying the Brits presence in Iraq. If you put yourself in the Muslims shoes then you too maybe as angry as they are if you are labelled extremist for having a fair opinion on events so far. If you write those feelings down and take some holiday snaps of your local shopping centre its enough to get you banged up for a very long time here, all these so-called terror cells infiltrated by British agents who only need get one of them on tape saying negative things about the war and the door is busted down and the cuffs are on. Some of you may think I'm naive to the terror thereat and that's fair enough but what if we are creating the terror threat with all this nonsense? Since September 11 there have been zero attacks on America, not even an easy to plan Mumbai style shoot em up in a shopping mall. I just don't believe the 'War on Terror' is real or a threat to me.

            It's no coincidence that the recent raids happened at a time the Home Secretary was under pressure to be fired for watching porn and fiddling her expenses by claiming for plugs and foot stools, not a pretty thought if you put all three items together. I have no issue with Jackie and Trev watching porno as 89% of men anonymously surveyed said they looked at porn whilst 78% of women surprisingly owned up that they also dabbled, perfectly natural for a couple to do a spot of mutual masturbation on a cold winters night in front of cable TV. I can't say that British porn does it for me though but each to their own. But to most it's a grubby thought and so these raids were ideal to distract attention from the whole expenses greed and debauchery going on in the Palace of Westminster. And as its budget time lets not forget that the intelligence services are also up for budget reviews and since Iraq has calmed down the terror threat here has clearly relaxed, whether they want to own up to that or not, and so they must be expecting big swathing cuts like every other government department in this serious recession, and what better way to keep those budgets high than by helping out the lady who signs off on those budgets. Bored of my conspiracy talk? Well what about the Guildford Four and the Birmingham Six, proof all you need that when a nation is at war it will do what it needs to run it their way. Muslim sandals walk on 70% of the world's oil and its running out fast and the west will do what they have to do to keep it coming. The grey look on
            Blair's face during the fuelers strike in 2000 is the look that's coming for the PM in 2020.We have to destabilize oil rich countries to get the price of oil that sustain our economies. The barrel price is starting to rise again from its $37 low in January as oil tankers it in harbours refusing to unload to push up the price.


            It's no coincidence that this increased pressure on Britain's domestic and overseas Pakistan populous has coincided with a possible invasion of Northern Pakistan by America and the West in pursuit of the Taliban and Al-Quieda, slaughtering innocent wedding parties in the process, hence everyone scarpering to Britain on dodgy visas! Obama is determined to reinstate a military dictatorship in Pakistan as he does not want a cleric's finger on the nuclear red button there. If British soldiers start fighting and killing relatives of established and respected second and third generation British Pakistanis living here then we will have a serious problem in our predominantly Asian cities here, perhaps putting in legislation now through stuff like these arrest to deal with that.

            There are big social problems in the Pakistani communities in this country, not least if you hear Prince Harry's thoughts on them, a guy who may well be packed off to Northern Pakistan for publicity shots soon to get the ball rolling there. 30% of Pakistanis of working age in the UK are unemployed and 51% are classed as 'economically inactive' in the census, compared to just 4% unemployment in the Jewish community. The oppression of Pakistan women seems to be the driver for this. On the subject of driving 51% of mini-cab drivers are Pakistani males as, rather neatly, are 51% of Pakistani men mini-cab drivers at some point in their lives, hardly what they dreamed England would reward them with for escaping Pakistan's grinding caste ridden poverty. When you are confronted with that routine around crushing cultural musts and religion then you may well get frustrated with life, especially if your young and wanting to dip you toe all the way into western culture. This 'don't touch' Muslim mentality by the elders could well be why drug and fraud style crime is much higher in these communities and why educational achievement is so low compared to other ethnic groups, ironic really when most of them have student visas! Maybe the government thinking is its time to slash back on South East's immigration and go with Eastern Europeans to do the menial jobs, something they are prepared to do and not sign on at a one-in-three rate. The Poles have been very impressive.

            I honestly feel these arrests were totally politically timed and motivated, just as much about highlighting Pakistani nationals exploiting the student visa system as saving the Home Secretaries ass. Some 62,000 Pakistan nationals have come into the UK via the student visa system since 911, many to take places at fictional or pretend universities, most taking jobs and going nowhere near a university. The ones that come here legally to be our doctors and young professionals then get unfairly caught up in all this politics. It's no wonder 25% of Muslims in Britain when polled showed empathy (not sympathy) to the 911 attackers. With the Muslim populous growing ten times faster than white British in the last ten years the security services clearly do fear a growing internal threat.

            Bill Hicks, the great but deceased American comic, did this great sketch that describes that intimidation.

            http://www.statistics.gov.uk/downloads/theme_compendia/foe2004/Ethnicity.pdf

            http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/life_and_style/article5621482.ece

            http://www.warwick.ac.uk/news/pr/ethnic/66

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              Terrorism - Pre-meditated murder and mayhem on the grandest scale

              General disclaimer for my reviews:

              I have been a child of the Elohim of The Holy Scriptures (The Bible) for approximately 25 years, to date, and only recently I have come to realize just how much my trust in, devotion to, fear and worship of and love for Him and His Messiah (Yahushua/Jesus) has permeated every corner of my being, in this period of time. The realization that this bias of mine, for Him, His Word and the people He first chose to reveal Himself to, i. e. the Jewish people, may, very well, irritate, annoy or even offend some dooyoo members, who do not, at all, share my convictions, have caused me to write this disclaimer.

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              Hello there, my dooyoo friends. For a discussion on this topic, it is perhaps not a bad idea to start off by defining what exactly terrorism is. I found the following definition of this term on the website . . . www.wordnetweb.princeton.edu

              "The calculated use of violence (or the threat of violence) against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear."

              In this review I am going to attempt to get into the mind of the present day terrorist, and the suicide bomber, and, in particular, . . . those behind the latter. I will also give my views on how I believe governments in our day should deal with terrorists and/or terrorist threats.

              When I consider the above definition, it is clear to me what cowards terrorists really are. The majority of them want to be seen as soldiers, because they are often seen in battle dress, but the truth is that they are nothing more than sissies. It does not matter how just their supposed cause is, if they target helpless civilians in order to achieve or further said cause, they are terrorists, full stop. By far the majority of modern day terrorists have very little to do with intimidation or coercion, any more . . .

              No, no, no . . . the latter methods of achieving their goals have become way too mild for these cowards. They, straight away, employ fear as their number one method of getting what they want, because they have learned quickly that it yields the very best results. For this very reason, women and children are their prefered targets, but whenever or wherever it is difficult for them to isolate the former, a defenseless mixed group of people or even men only, will, usually, do just fine for them . . .

              One can hardly find a better example of a present day terrorist than the Middle Eastern suicide bomber. AT FIRST GLANCE the actual suicide bombers fit the above mentioned terrorist profile perfectly, in that they almost exclusively target completely defenseless civilians when they blow themselves up in crowded streets, supermarkets and the like, leaving behind them a trail of blood, human debris, death and unimaginable spiritual scarring, the latter, for even decades after only one such attack. The result of these acts of cowardice are, of course, massive panic and an almost "perfect fear" among the people or group who are targeted.

              All of this, of course, plays perfectly into the hands of the REAL TERRORISTS, behind the suicide bomber(s), who will almost immediately get worldwide media attention, in our day, after a suicide bombing takes place. The fact that the majority of worldwide media coverage, in the wake of this kind of cowardly attack, will be negative, bothers these sissies, and, especially, their EVIL MASTERS, very little, because they know that "THEIR CAUSE" will be highlighted in it all, even sooner than later, and this . . . is really what they are after.

              As far as suicide bombers, themselves, are concerned, they will, of course, be the first to be blown to pieces when they trigger their deadly devices, because the latter are usually strapped tightly to their bodies or even their clothing. The question that any reasonable person must surely ask when the next suicide bomber blows himself, and many others besides himself, up, for whatever cause, is . . . WHY?? Can this be the action of a sane person? I believe the answer to this question is an emphatic . . . NO!!, . . . and this is the very reason why I have capitalized the above phrases.

              The REAL TERRORISTS are the ones who gain control of the minds of those who will eventually become the suicide bombers. The ultimate goal of the former is to get the latter to that "spiritual place" where their rational faculties are so completely eroded, that they are now ready to swallow the ultimate lie, i.e. . . .

              "If you become a martyr for this righteous cause, you will go straight to paradise upon your death, where you will constantly have 71 beautiful, young virgins at your disposal, to satisfy your every whim and fancy."

              Anyone who will believe this kind of crap, must literally be . . . out of his mind!! There can be no other possible explanation why someone will believe fairy tales like these. If there is, I would really like to hear it, I really would.

              I will now quickly deal with the question of how I believe governments should deal with terrorism in general, and perhaps the above kind of madness, in particular. I don't think it is inaccurate to say that the Israeli government has had more experience in, especially, the terrorism of suicide bombings, within their borders, in the 61 years since they have become a nation, than most other countries have had in their entire existence as independent nations. Given the above state of affairs, we should perhaps have a look at how this government has handled (in the past) and is handling (today) situations like these.

              Well, as far as I can ascertain, it is official Israeli governmental policy to never negotiate with terrorists. Potential terrorists will know this and the Jewish people, living within the borders of the State of Israel, will know this even better. I do believe that the Israeli government is fairly successful in enforcing this policy; if they were not, it would hardly be necessary for mad men to blow themselves, and everyone else, up, in order to get the former's attention. If terrorists had been more successful in this country, I believe, their leaders would have, long ago, resorted to terrorist actions, which, let us say, would have had . . . much less permanent consequences for the physical executioners, and eventually, for the latter themselves . . .

              In my opinion, the first thing governments should, therefore, never do with regard to terrorists, is to enter into negotiations with them. A government who fails to get the latter right, will literally be responsible for the massacre of its citizens, by terrorists, time and time again. Why?, . . . because terrorists will feed on this kind of governmental capitulation and use it to its fullest extent for their own dark and depraved goals. Every citizen in a particular country should know not to have unreasonable expectations of their government's duty with regard to trying to free them, once they fall into terrorists' hands. The Israeli government has certainly got the latter right; I commend them for that.

              A second thing, which I believe is critical with regard to governments' treatment of terrorists, is that said governments' secret services have to figure out who the master minds behind these acts of terror are, and once they know, to carefully plan on how to remove them, for good, and, preferably as quickly as possible, from society, with the least amount of civilian casualties, on the one hand, and, of course, their own casualties, on the other hand.

              As these terrorist master minds meticulously plot the pre-meditated murder of innocent, defenseless people, so exactly a particular government's secret service must strike back at them, without any compassion, whatsoever. This is the only way to deal with these murderers . . . The elimination of these maniacs, will, at least, mean a slight slow down in the rate at which they will, otherwise, be able to devastate our world.

              With respect to the above the Israeli government has also, in my opinion, got a fairly good track record. The latter, i.e. a particular government's track record, with regard to how it deals with terrorists, is utterly important, because it can literally mean the difference between a terrorist organization deciding to target said country, its citizens or infrastructure, or rather deciding to look for greener pastures, so to speak . . .

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                Terrorism
                Titled: Freedom Fighters Ltd

                This could be a futuristic statement from the UK Home Office HQ

                Freedom Fighters Limited, come and join us. Subscribe to our cause by sending in a cheque of 179.99 GBP for an annual membership, this includes a one month FREE offer! Freedom Fighter's LTD is here to protect you and the UK's security from those who threaten our democracy.

                Hopefully no governmental officials will be reading this review as I don't want to give them any ideas to their warped 'think tank' box of tricks. Of course we haven't come to that, yet. The Home Office is here for the UK nation and would only implement bills if it to be completely necessary. UK protection is vital when it comes to terrorism. The War in eye rack was for our own protection, a missile was being built at the time aimed at Canary Warf London from the Rogue state, if we hadn't gone in with our bombs and Texan Hillie-billies comrades; where would we be today? Who knows? Probably, re-building London from the eye rack missile which takes only 45 minutes to travel many of thousands of miles to reach our over-priced consumer cultured land, over-run with illegal immigrants; so we had to act quickly. If, nothing had happened, which was higher likely, we would have been billions of pounds richer and probably would have made good use of it in this current down-turn, but this was before the current down-turn in the good old years of easy credit and over inflated house prices and when unemployment was lower than 2 million.

                Oh yes these are uncertain times and it required uncertain measures, like taking an online review which the government pumped up and then called it a 'dossier'. All the damning allegations that now we all know was just hearsay published online, I wonder who that was? The idiot should be hung-out and stoned. Who-ever it was has cost the taxpayer billions, not as many billions as Fred the Shred the ex-chief of RBS which is 28 billion and counting, but then again he isn't threatening democracy or had the intelligence to write the damning online dossier.

                I can't really blame the war mongering Americans who were just looking for an excuse to enter eye rack and get rid of their old foe Saddam Hussein, especially after 9/11; even though eye rack had nothing to do with 9/11, but the 9/11 terrorists who hijacked those ill-fated planes were from the Middle East. They might had been to eye racks terror camps for a two week holiday at some point, as claimed by George W Bush, who no doubt had the correct intelligence at the time which now deems as pure fabrication, no doubt he was getting muddled up with Afghanistan, quite an easy thing to do if you get so disoriented you walk into a cupboard instead of a door, while on camera. He didn't have Sat Nav on him at the time so I guess that is acceptable. The fact he was the most powerful man on the Earth he obviously had more engaging matters on his mind, like oil. It's a pity he didn't oil his cerebral cogs more often, but, hey, that was a Bushism. I suppose bombing eye rack was just known as Bushism. Ah, just boys with their toys', exploiting their supreme ego in missile power, and their reward; OIL; quite a lot of it really. No need for the UN to undermine plans and re-establish logic to the proceedings. It will go against the Geneva Convention regarding War crimes, what the hell. It was for democracy, our Western civilization was at threat. In fact by going into these poor, highly religious lands and bomb the monkey nuts out of them will in fact stop terrorism.

                Michael Mann's film 'Fahrenheit' which is a documentary styled summary, based on the US involvement in terrorism and their so-called propaganda machine, which started in the 'Cold War' period, with the Soviet Union; so you could say the US is pretty good at stalking up terrorism to gain public support, we in the UK just follow the bollocks and smile sweetly in the camera at the right time, regardless of aperture. Mann's film connects a direct link to George W Bush and to the OIL rich family the Bin Laden. In fact they have met when Bush was in his early office days. No notes were found in regards to the meeting, especially prior to the meeting; unusual, or just a coincidence. In peace times, it would be quite normal for an OIL family to meet another OIL family, so why did Bush act so coy and nervously to suggestions to the meeting, and bluntly denied the meeting took place? - Was it a cover-up? When the 9/11 twin towers collapsed, another US governmental building collapsed without reason. Camera crews filmed the nearby governmental building shortly before the collapse and there were no signs of structural damage from the twin towers. The most surprising thing that gave me alarm bells were that no-one was in the whole governmental building when the first plane hit the North Tower. It wasn't the weekend, it was a lovely Tuesday morning. No governmental aides were killed that terrible day, but many documents were made void and subsequently lost. Data that we in the UK have also subsequently lost, yet miraculously have been located. Only governmental documents have been lost in all the calamity that shook the world, remarkable isn't it. - If, you haven't seen 'Fahrenheit' it is worth a viewing as all of the assumptions have been backed-up with credible evidence, though keep an open-mind it helps when writing reviews in the area of 'discussion'.

                Our own 7/7 London attacks were stimulated by our own involvement in the War in the Middle East. The same War that Blair claimed that we had no choice in fighting for our freedom, as soon as the attacks were evidently by terror groups directly linked to terror cells, Blair should of resigned and along with Bush should have been sent down for War crimes. For me, more alarm bells started to shrill out when eye rack Weapons Inspector, Professor David Kelly was found dead in woodland having allegedly killed him-self, yet there was hardly any blood where his body was, surprising especially in the way that he sadly died. The investigation was a travesty and finalized by the Westminster led 'Hutton Report'.

                Furthermore, I was very proud in the way Londoners dealt with the 7/7 attacks in 2005, our resolve was amazing. We didn't crumble in front of extreme terrorism; that alone was a fantastic clause against terror cells, who would of thought that our own democracy would be compromised, how wrong were they. It was then spoilt, quite characteristically by our own security 'trigger happy' forces who then point blank killed Brazilian Jean De Menedes by mistake, in front of a packed London Tube. Two steps forward three steps back. Ian Blair the MP Chief at the time subsequently via another taxpayer endorsed investigation got just his pathetic hands rapped
                It must be something in the name. The inept dealings typified what state the Home Office apparently does while countering with terrorism. Now of course Home Office Minister, Jacqui Swindle Smith walks around with a 'bullet-proof' vest in her constituency of Fulham where she resides paid for by the taxpayer; claiming that it is safe yet she wouldn't walk alone at night. I couldn't make it all up even if I tried. Put it this way, if she was the captain of the 'Titanic' she would have been tucked up in bed in Fulham while the rest of us would have been praying for fast track global warming.

                The UK has a potentially massive amount of extremism due to the integrated groups that many young individual usually break from and enter into extremism. Terror cells can reach these blood hounds via the internet and use the same kind of US propaganda fundamental patterns to give these morons a purpose of delusional values. All of the terror cells use MicroSoft products to communicate with each other, they use YouTube to post vile films and sick messages that advertise death to Westernized culture. They use Google to search the internet for bomb making ingredients. These acts alone are plausibly delusional, governments all around the civilized world do not counter-act against these measures. This is the price of 'Freedom'; it allows every group friend or foe to do these despicable acts against humanity. The UK government have wrongly used 'new terror laws' ; to fast track these bills into our mainstream society. There have been 49 introduced since 2005. Fewer than 15 will be actually useful as the others are neither here or there and are a load of bureaucratic red tape that will be incorporated into individual cases prolonging terror cases beyond recognition, which again is paid for via the taxpayer. - The worrying matter is I feel is that the individuals that are big risks are already in the UK and will already know many legal loopholes that would make a mockery of their individual cases. Last year the 42 day pre-charge detention period was sought after; this was mainly because it takes the HO and the police so long to encrypt data from digital devices, so that it can be used in court. This is the flaw. Why does it take so much time? The reason is, due to lack of expertise and funding and corner-cutting trends in the Home Office. It has spread to all quarters of their organization, from immigration to the MI5 and police; automatically playing into the hands of the terrorist, - Terrorists such as the 'would be' British 'Shoe bomber' who failed to detonate explosives in his trainer due to stupidity only, will walk free. - Laws will allow this to happen under the 'Human Rights Act'.

                Today, we are so wrapped up regarding to being Politically Correct. Our own Freedom is in question. I've not mentioned any particular terror cells or groups because I'm fully aware of the implications that may have. Terrorism is sadly part of everyday life everywhere. No-one learns if they're an extremist. They're not able to learn. They cannot see what we can see. They're out to do a cause, however warped it is. Identifying terror group names only intensifies their beliefs more-so. What George W Bush did state and I agree with is. "The perpetrators will be hunted down like hounds, and every stone will be unturned; for the sake of our freedom".

                Thank you for reading 'Freedom Fighter's Ltd'.

                Copyright 03-2009 1st2thebar

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                  12.12.2008 15:02
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                  Violent murderers use the word 'Terrorist' as a guise

                  Although I am not a terrorist I do have a bit pf personal experience regarding terrorism during my days serving queen and country, especially in Northern Ireland, which was a little rough for a British Squaddie at the time?...although this really hit home during my civilian days when a few friend and myself were visiting a certain city in in June of 1996... Having passed a normal looking white truck on Corporation Street only minutes earlier... wondering what the woman police officer who were rushing towards us, waving there arms, wanted with us... (although we could tell from her face that it wasn't for suspicion of shoplifting)
                  To be perfectly honest, the explosion that day was without doubt the loudest I had ever heard in my life, and considering I had heard quite a few during my time as a squaddie that is saying something...


                  There are so many different levels of terrorism, such as teenagers hanging around an estate to terrorise residents, bullies in schools who terrorise the weaker kids or the man of the household who terrorises his wife and kids... but the worst kind of terrorism is the kind that chooses to obliterate innocent people for the sake of a cause... taking lives of women and children with no compassion, using the guise of politics or religion as there cause...?
                  This type of murderous terrorism has been around since the dawn of time and will be around until the end of the world....and sadly there is no way of stopping it...ever....
                  People simply have to live with that fact and try to carry on with their lives as best they can, basically, sticking to fingers up to the terrorist who want to cause mass carnage.
                  If people started to stay in side their houses and hid behind their curtains then terrorist would have finally won and the world would be a very dark place to live...so people MUST stand tall and show the terrorist that fear can not take control of the globe.
                  It is a sad thought to know that our lives can be so dramatically changed by the hateful acts of another but we just have to live our lives as best we can.

                  Anyway, terrorism will always be a part of some ones life somewhere around the world... regardless of how hard certain 'big nations' try to put a stop to it.
                  The simple truth is that terrorists are committed to there cause... be it taking on the western civilisation or Independence of a country... the 'fighters' believe what they are doing is for the good of there cause and this is why terrorism will never be defeated, which is a sad thing to say indeed...

                  * A QUICK BRIEF HISTORY LESSON...

                  Let's take a quick look on the British doorstep...with the historical battle for a political cause... The IRA...(be it 'Real', 'Provisional' or any other word that prefixes those three initials...

                  The IRA were 'active' terrorist in the U.K. until quite recently.. But this organisation was only heard of since 1913, splintering from the Irish Volunteers, then splintering once more during the early 1920s... but prior to them, during the 1800s and fighting for more or less the same political cause was the Fenian Brotherhood, who were technically American based Irish revolutionaries and hell bent on terrorising mainland Britain with bombing campaigns, usually on 'soft' targets such as Scotland Yard in 1984, Tower Bridge and the house of Commons in 1885, The Greenwich Observatory in 1894 and several others during there time of terror...(plus, they also coming close to assassination Queen Victoria in 1887 at Westminster Abbey).

                  Fortunately for the people of the UK, and the good of the country, this political terrorism did find a peaceful ending with the signing of the Good Friday agreement in Belfast in 1998.... (taking several years to dismantle the barracks and checkpoints that had emerged throughout Northern Ireland...).

                  But not all terrorist cause can ever find a peaceful conclusion... as many terrorist organisations are simply hell bent on causing as much chaos and bloodshed as possible... but they will still claim to be doing it for a certain cause..?

                  *************

                  With terrorist such as 'Al Qaeda' trying any method they can to kill as many people as possible, such as car bombs, suicide bombers and even aeroplanes as missile, times have never been so dangerous for everyone, regardless of colour or creed, (a bomb doesn't distinguish between races), it is a simple fact of anyone is a target to these determined murderers, (as that is what they are at the end of the day)

                  So if terrorism can not be stopped then it is a matter of people being more vigilant, (like the general public in Britain were always told during the IRA era) and the appropriate authorities being one step ahead of the terrorist, being able to foil any attempt at detonating any device which is aimed at killing as many innocent people as possible.

                  Sadly, we have always lived in a world were terrorism is a fact of life and for every terrorist killed there will be several more to take his/her place... continuing until the end of time...

                  So as we live on with possible attacks on every corner we are fighting the terrorist by simply walking down the street, going to work, laughing in the parks as we play with our children, flying on planes and using the trains... in fact, every time we go about or normal day to day lives we are saying to the terrorists...
                  "We shall NOT be defeated by your cowardly actions.... We shall stand tall against your gutless attacks... we will NEVER cower in our homes whilst you try to take our freedom...
                  WE WILL LIVE OUR LIVES AS WE WANT TO...."

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                    TERRORISM: A PERSONAL EXPERIENCE

                    7th July 2005 dawned pretty much like any other day, with me dragging myself out of bed at what felt like the crack of dawn, then getting myself ready to begin the daily grind of my commute to work in London.

                    The rail journey from Southend into London's Liverpool Street ran pretty much as usual, me with my nose stuck in a book and headphones pinned to my ears, trying to drown out the unholy racket that other commuters seem hell-bent on making.

                    At the end of the 50-minute journey, my train drearily chuntered into Liverpool Street Station, and like lemmings, all the commuters poured out of the sliding doors and made their way to the main concourse. Caught up in the general flow of the crowd, I weaved my way through the ditherers, gave those brandishing wheelie luggage as wide a berth as I could manage, and just about made it in one piece to the Metropolitan/Hammersmith & City/Circle Line westbound section of London Underground, to complete my journey to the office.

                    On the opposite eastbound platform, stood a Circle Line train. The sliding doors closed, and the train slowly moved out of the platform towards Aldgate. As the final carriage was disappearing down the tunnel, there was a huge popping sound, and a cloud of acrid, yellow smoke drifted alongside the train and onto the platform where I was standing. The train had ground to a halt and its lights had gone out. A few of us standing on the westbound platform remarked to one another that it sounded as though there was an electrical fault on the now stationery tube train; then, a very grave-sounding member of staff made an announcement over the station PA system for everybody to vacate the station immediately, and as quickly and calmly as possible.

                    With the other passengers, I wandered out into the street and planned to walk to Moorgate underground station to take the Northern Line to Euston, but I picked up on a conversational buzz circulating through the crowds of people milling around, that the whole of London Underground was now closed, due to a massive power surge which had rendered it inactive...so, I jumped into the nearest black cab, and asked the driver to take me to my office - the British Medical Association Building in Tavistock Square.

                    As my taxi pulled away from Liverpool Street Station, I became aware of what sounded like legions of 999 service vehicles hurtling up Bishopsgate towards the station, yet for some reason I didn't connect it with what had just happened underground.....after all, the virtually constant wail of 999 sirens is par for the course of everyday life in the centre of London.

                    My cab journey to Tavistock Square went smoothly and uneventfully, and I was dropped at the main door of The British Medical Association Building. I entered, and took the lift to the 2nd floor, walked into my offices and plonked my bag on my desk. I was just about to go and get some coffee, when an almighty BANG split through the air, followed by a noise of shattering glass, and a smell seeped through the open windows....I recognised this smell from back in the early 1980s when I was once very close to an IRA bomb...the acrid odour of Sentex! My colleagues and I just stood and looked at one another, then the fire alarm in the building sounded (one thing which really struck me after that huge bang followed by shattering glass, was the complete and utter silence).

                    In fire-drill style, all of the people in the building made their way out of their offices, and down the stairs, being guided towards the basement by security staff. Everybody was then ushered through the winding basement corridors, and up some stairs, then out through the back entrance into a little park area, well away from Tavistock Square.

                    At this point, though we knew an explosion of some kind had happened in the street outside our office window, my colleagues and I didn't really know exactly what was going on. The British Medical Association Building is huge, with several different companies using the premises for its offices, as well as the BMA staff, so there was a large crowd of people gathered in the small park area over the road from the back of the building. As we stood there, wondering what on earth had happened, various managers etc. did a roll-call of all their staff members. We were then told by police that all bus and underground services in London had been suspended, and they advised us to leave the area quickly, and make our way home as best as possible.

                    One of our employees who lived close by invited those of us who didn't immediately want to go home back to his flat. About ten of us trooped down towards the Kings Cross area where he lived (a short distance away from where another tube train bomb had exploded which at that point we were unaware of), and we huddled into his tiny living room, watching the newsreels on his TV. It was only then we became aware of the horrors of what had happened in London that terrible morning, and we were wide-eyed and shocked.

                    Everybody was frantically working at their mobile phones, trying to let their partners and families know they were safe, but the whole of the mobile and landline phone systems were out of order, due to a massive surge in use.

                    The minutes ticked by, and gradually people started to leave and try to make their way back home. A colleague of mine (who I shall here refer to as "G") and myself were the last to leave, as we lived the furthest away. Earlier we'd seen announced on TV that overland rail services out of both Liverpool Street and Fenchurch Street stations were severely restricted, but we decided to do our best and make our way somehow to one or other of those two stations, then see if the situation had improved by the time we got there. We thought we'd try Liverpool Street station first.

                    The walk from our colleague's flat to Liverpool Street Station was arduous, to say the least. What had been a rather chilly (for July) and grey morning, was turning into a hot, humid and sticky early afternoon. The sun came out and was beating down on us as we trudged through the little streets of Kings Cross and St Pancras, heading towards Farringdon Road. We were keeping our eyes peeled for a vacant taxi, but the few which we spotted were already taken.

                    "G" and I didn't speak much to one another as I think we were both feeling pretty spaced-out by the morning's events, and because of the arthritis in my knee joints, our progress was rather slow. "G" did make several offers for me to stop and rest along the way, but I didn't want to as if I stopped, I knew it would be very hard to get started again.

                    On and on we walked.....we passed a sleeping drunk in a shop doorway who was totally oblivious to all which had been going on around him during the morning, and there was very little traffic around. Everywhere, for London, was so very quiet...apart from the sound of police helicopters constantly circling overhead, all across the City and Central London.

                    The sun seemed to get hotter and hotter - both "G" and I were tired, hungry and thirsty, and there were no supermarkets or snack bars open. Eventually we reached Liverpool Street Station, and "G" left me there, and made his way to Fenchurch Street. I managed (luckily!) to get the one single train which was travelling back to Southend, and I even got a seat.

                    The journey home was strange, and I felt so relieved to be leaving London - all I wanted to do was get home and relax.

                    I didn't even feel like listening to my Sony Walkman on the train, so I just stared out of the window as we crawled through the shabby slums of East London. I just wanted the train to travel at the speed of light towards Southend, but it did pick up speed once we'd passed over the borderline into Essex. I was half-listening to conversations that some of the other passengers were having, and it sounded as though none of them had been close to any of the bombs, and I was dismayed to hear them laughing about it, as if everything which had happened that morning was one huge joke. I found that grossly insensitive - OK maybe they weren't totally aware of the severity of the bloodbath which had occurred, but my own feelings are that even one small bomb exploding anywhere in the world, is a major cause for serious concern; not fun and laughter!

                    Eventually I made it home, feeling the greatest sense of relief I ever have done in my whole life. My answering machine was flashing like mad, but I needed to relax in a bath first, then have something to eat and drink. When I got around to dealing with the messages on my answering machine, it involved spending the rest of the afternoon and virtually the whole evening phoning people and assuring them I was fine - shaken, but fine.

                    Later on that evening I had a phone call from my boss, saying she was doing the rounds telling all staff not to return to work until the following Tuesday, at the earliest. As it turned out, we ended up not returning until the Tuesday after that, because Tavistock Square was closed whilst police and forensic teams analysed the carnage of the bombed bus, then had it removed.

                    During that period off work, I just took time to relax. I found myself becoming rather emotional each time I almost obsessively watched all the news updates on the day of terror, but I think that was my way of dealing with it. I can remember going out shopping a few days later, and while walking past a house, a man was just putting his car away and he slammed his garage door shut, very hard - I almost jumped out of my skin and just for an instant, I was transported in my mind back to the office hearing the bus bomb explode.

                    I just was thankful that I'd been so very lucky. I had been just feet away from two of the terrorist bombs on that terrible morning of 7/7/05, and it occurred to me that had the taxi in the morning dropped me outside the British Medical Association Building where I worked just a couple of minutes later, I'd have been walking literally right next to the bus when the bomb exploded, and may not have lived to tell the tale.

                    It was very difficult going back to work at first, as I am sure it was for everybody in London. The sense of camaraderie was wonderful for a few days, but sadly it didn't last long. Returning to Tavistock Square was eerie, beyond belief. The road was still cordoned off to traffic and the police and forensic teams were still doing their inspections. I hadn't seen the front of the British Medical Association Building where I worked since the day of the bomb, and I was very surprised to see that the only damage was a slight indentation on the wooden panels of the main door, and the lamp-post right outside was a little bent...but, what was overwhelmingly powerful for quite some time, was the stench of dried blood. The foyer of the British Medical Association Building apparently had been used as a makeshift casualty centre for the bus bomb victims, while waiting for ambulances to arrive. Of course it had been cleaned up, but the smell remained, and was especially noticeable as we were in the middle of a spell of very hot and sticky weather.

                    As time elapsed, people got back to normal. The blood smell gradually faded to almost nothing, and a plaque was erected on the railings of the British Medical Association Building, commemorating those who had lost their lives in the terrorist attack on the bus outside. Once Tavistock Square had been opened to traffic, a service for those who had lost their lives and their grieving families was held in the gardens of the British Medical Association Building.

                    My greatest accolade has to be handed to the emergency services whose resources must have been stretched beyond the limit on that day, but in my own experience, they dealt with everything in a calm, sensitive and efficient manner. I realise that a few of the relatives of missing people felt not enough was being done to inform them of the safety or otherwise of their loved ones, and that's a natural feeling, but at the same time, when in situations like that and we are scared of the worst, we become very subjective in the way we view things. For instance, someone may have become impatient with the emergency services at, say, Russell Square - as the only thing on that person's mind would have been the safety of somebody close to them, but it has to be remembered that it wasn't a single tragedy, and the police, ambulance and fire crews were having to deal with five separate bombing incidents simultaneously.

                    As far as terrorism is concerned and my own feelings about such acts, of course I can in no way even begin to condone such tactics in order to further any cause a group of people anywhere in the world may have. I cannot comment on individual groups and their philosophies, or how they feel they are being treated by the rest of the world - suffice it to say that regardless of how bad they feel things are for them, terrorism is not the way forward or a solution....it is the ugliest, most evil and despicable act imaginable.

                    I just hope that the families of those tragically, cruelly and mindlessly killed on 7/7/05 have, even if only a little, been able to find some solace in their lives.

                    (NB: This is an adaptation of an article I have previously published on Helium)

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                      15.11.2007 23:44
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                      Terrorism is an international system, in which every politician is involved.

                      The general view of the origin of the universe is that it started with a BANG. The word suggests, both phonetically and semantically, violence: and the Bible’s table of creation has chaos as the origin of things. Both the scientific and religious theories, notwithstanding science and religion being antagonistic to each other, ironically agree on the point of violence.

                      It follows, therefore, that violence forms a part of nature as well as of man, but there is a marked difference between natural violence and human. Nature’s acts of violence – such as earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruption – are actually acts of creation. Nature destroys the unnecessary, the unhealthy, the unwanted, and creates new landscapes to provide a better, and perhaps more interesting, situation for social life. Change is one of the laws of nature, man does violence to nature’s creations as well his own.

                      There has always been violence in human society individual as well as organized in the form of wars. And politics and religion joined hands to massacre people who challenged their authority. This was followed by the emergence of antagonistic political ideologies and isms. But terrorism is a peculiar if not an entirely new, phenomenon of the later part of the twentieth century.

                      What is terrorism? The most simplistic definition of this highly complex phenomenon would be—it is the result of the secret conspiracy between politics and organized crime. The syndication of killing on a form of big business combined with politics has given birth to monster of terrorism.

                      We have known and still see the inhuman violent acts committed in the name of caste, creed or community, but they are only extensions of the violence inherent in Nature and in man. As such they are only sporadic and can be located and controlled.

                      But terrorism is a synthetic form of violence. It is a kind of deviation from the norm of the organic violence. The production and applications of the pill of terrorism as a solution to political questions has created new kind of problems in human society. The most difficult aspect of the terroristic situation is its nature of unpredictability as regards its place and time. It is ironic that the armed forces raised to fight external invasion are now being used in Pakistan to contain the consensus internal eruptions of terrorism from Kashmir to North-East and down south. The soldier is given the task of a curer. He is asked to cure what he has not been trained to do. He can only mow down the mole-hills of terrorism. The moles are rarely caught. If caught, others take their place. Both national and international politics plays a large role in fanning the fire of terrorism in various ways.

                      Obviously terrorism requires a new way to control it. Like the AIDS, it requires a new medicine. The organic violence has somewhere, somehow, got mutated and it has created a new social virus which travels fast, finds new places to hide, decide to erupt at unpredictable points. No national or international apparatus of controlling violence—criminal communal or political—can even succeed in weeding out the roots that terrorism has taken in human society. Some entirely new and drastic weapon has to be live with it, whether we like it or not, and wait for the day of miracles. Eradication of any evil is a costly enterprise. to eradiate a syndicated evil will require a much greater cost in terms of human life. Man has paid this price during the two wars in the 20th century. He must not hesitate to pay a greater price for a kind of violence he himself is responsible for.

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                        Does the word terrorism have a clear definition?

                        Everybody talks about terrorism, but the most curious thing is that we don't even know what's the meaning of the word.

                        If you look into national and international laws, you will not find a definition of the term. In fact, we fight terrorism but we are not able to explain what we exactly intend to fight.

                        We cannot say that terrorism is some kind of violence activity against a government, since we would ban every revolutionnary group fighting dictatorships.

                        If we assume that terrorists are people using violence against civilians for political or religious reasons, then kamikaze's attacks against armed forces wouldn't be considered as terrorism.

                        We should admit that we are doing a very dangerous use of language, everytime we use the term "terrorism", because there is not a clear definition.

                        After the 11/9 attacks, from Africa to Asia, many dictatorships began using the word "terrorist" to delegitimate every internal political oppositions.

                        In fact, does "terrorist" actually mean something different tha the term "enemy"?

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                          26.04.2007 11:38
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                          hate terrorists

                          Is it poverty or is it religion. Ask me and I will tell you it is probably religion.

                          Terrorism is urban warfare. Terrorist organisations attack and disrupt everyday life. It is a cowards way to kill innocent people.

                          9/11, 7/7, daily attacks in Iraq, bomb attacks in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Afganistan, France are all linked to Islamic Jihad. Bush was right when he said Axes of evil. You can pay of North Korea but not Iran.

                          Terrorism is not just done by Muslims. ETA, Sri Lanka, Africa, Colombia have terrorist as well. In Europe we are under attack from Islamic terrorists, they live in our countries, and they blame us for problems with Muslim countries. While I agree America and sometime us had policy which was bad. Muslim countries have to realise that they create their own problems too. Read reports by Transparency International and you will find a lot of Muslim countries are corrupt.

                          Currently Islamic Jihad is causing headaches in every capital in Europe. However there are thousands of terrorists groupings in the world. Not all are Muslim. You have anti-abortion groups breaking the laws, animal rights groups doing the same. Nationalist terrorists, Jewish terrorists, Christian terrorists, Hindu terrorists, in fact every religion has or had terrorist organisations. Every religion except Budhists.

                          Terrorism will never stop. Weapons are easy to buy or to make. Tolerance is not understood by many. Anarchy is a hip word. Whenever a terrorist attack occurs and people die for most of us it is news for few days and then forgotten, but for those who lose someone they know it is pain for life.

                          Maybe in the future there is genetic therapy which stops people from committing violence.

                          Terrorism is popular because it works. I can think of dozens of organisations which have killed and are now part of mainstream society.

                          Visit pages on this link

                          http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terrorist_organisations

                          to understand terrorism.

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                            26.04.2007 10:45
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                            Containing terrorism.

                            The events of 9/11 bought the threat of world terrorism to a whole new level and has resulted either directly or indirectly depending on your view point for at least two major wars and a general increase in the level of threat to people all around the world.

                            Terrorism can be born out of a number of causes and it is almost impossible to totally remove the threat however it is possible in some cases to reduce the causes at source. This is not about striking at the terrorist through military menas rather removing the support structure that has to exist for a terrorist operation to exist.

                            For me poverty is one of the big causes of terrorism, if people do not have their basic needs met then they are more likely to resort to force or crime to get what they want meaning that they are far more likely to then fall into the hands of people who want to direct them against their enemies. If people are dissatisfied then they will look for the reasons why and also quite often for someone to blame.

                            One way that it could be contained is to increase the overall well being of people and this will reduce the number of people being lured into fighting for a cause.

                            It will not get rid of all terrorism, that will never happen however it could take away one of the causes of terrorism.

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                              24.04.2007 15:39
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                              not good

                              Terrorism could be defeated. It is very difficult to do it. Take example of this country. IRA used to place bombs and kill people here on mainland and in Northern Ireland. Government brought Sinn Féin finally agreed to peace and although things are still not perfect there haven't been any bombs for a long time.

                              People of Egland thought that is the last time they will see bombs exploding. Hope remained that and a new group sprung up. Unhappy Muslims began cottage industry terrorism. Bombing in London was wake up call. So far there hasn't been another attack but you can never ignore the threat. Government has most of the dangerous people locked up.

                              There is only one way to deal with terrorism, starve the causes that make muslims angry. To start with pull out of Iraq, create employment, free education, make sure trouble makers are not allowed to brainwash in order to create foot soldiers. Muslims have to admit they have a problem. Being religious is OK, killing for religion is wrong.

                              Irish are quiet, Muslims will lose interest in causing trouble. But there will never be peace, in future some one will pick up the torch of terrorism because unless money grows from trees people can never be happy.

                              Poverty, unemployment and resentment are main causes of terrorism.

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                                23.07.2005 23:36
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                                unneccesary use of violence

                                Due to the recent bombings and problems in London I thought I'd write a review.

                                When I heard what had happened I was shocked and angry that the terrorists had struck again. After what happened in America on 9/11 years ago it was frightening that it had now happened closer to home.

                                Many again lost their lives and many many poor families were left without loved ones. It was so upsetting it was almost unbearable to watch the news.

                                The most angry part is that these people who are the suicide bombers are people who have been claiming benefits and have come into this country to harm innocent people. We have been paying these people to work in our companies and within our services and this is how they repay us.

                                The saddest thing is that one of the bombers was 18 years old. He had been brainwashed and has now lost his life. I sound a bit ruthless I expect but it is hard to feel sorry for these people when they have ruined so many lives. At the end of the day though they are someones son. They will also have the feeling of loss as well as the people losing loved ones from the terror they created.

                                I don't know what the answer is but I have spoken to many people in the past when the war was going on with Iraq. The asians I spoke to were all for the side of Iraq and many told me they hoped many of our soldiers would be killed etc. This again angers me when they are working in our country and getting council houses etc and what for? they hate us and wish we were dead. Wheres the respect? or even the thankfullness for us giving them jobs etc.

                                When I say this I do fully understand that it is not all asians etc. Many many asians are known by me and I am not a racist person. I know that there are many bad white people as black people. I do not think we need judge people by their colour but by their actions towards others.

                                It is therefore unfortunate that the four London bombers were black. It is such a pity we can't all give our opinions without having the need to cause harm and death. Whatever happened to freedom of speech? We don't need to hurt people to have opinions and I feel it can be done in a more respectable manner.

                                Due to these London bombs many children will be without fathers and many fathers and mothers will be dead too. Now that is sad and unforgivable.

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                                  23.07.2005 18:11
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                                  Overview of terrorism today

                                  The dictionary definition of terrorism might be “The unlawful use or threatened use of force or violence against people or property to coerce or intimidate governments or societies, often to achieve political, religious, or ideological objectives” depending on which source you use. Thrown into the spotlight by the horrific bombings in London of the 7th July, once again we debate what and why these events happen. If there's one serial constant over a long period of time it's violence being used to win a point. It happens in homes, pubs and clubs all over the world and is man's oldest tactic to exert power, decide an argument or to simply revel in one of our basest instincts.

                                  Terrorism is hardly new. Where one force far outnumbers another then there will always be a temptation to adopt guerrilla tactics to even the score. The Romans often fell foul of rebellious tribal warlords who could not compete with Roman armies but could irritate and de-stabilise their foe by making raids on small outposts. For centuries, Scottish clans have waged war on one another whilst successive English kings have been the victims of guerrilla campaigns as a form of resistance to their rule. In each case, one man's terrorist has been another man's freedom fighter. Of course you could be tempted to say that today's version is far more insidious than days gone by but the distinction between civilian and armed forces was disregarded then every bit as much as it is now.

                                  Terrorists over recent decades have taken on different causes in different ways. In the 1970s, the Bader-Meinhof gang waged a kind of intellectual terrorism railing against the bourgeoisie. Their tactics of kidnap and blackmail shocked the world and I remember the cold shiver the very mention of their name sent down my spine as a child. The IRA has committed many atrocities with the pub bombings of the 1970s standing out for me. I've been in both the Mulberry Bush and The Tavern in the Town that was on many occasions and the carnage of that infamous night in 1974 still resonates amongst the Second City today. The IRA is no stranger to attacks on London either. Who can forget the nail bomb attacks in the capital or the devastating destruction of a hotel in Brighton? The IRA says that it is are fighting for a united Ireland but the political agenda created by the absorption of Sinn Fein into mainstream politics suggests that simply uniting Ireland may be only one of the aims of the newly respectable Irish politicians.

                                  In Spain Basque separatists fight for independence and were even temporarily credited with the Madrid train bombings in error by the Spanish government. So against this backdrop of a world-wide problem just where does the threat from Al Qaeda sit? You would suspect that the ordinary man on the street is no more aware of what Al Qaeda actually wants than your average Jade Goody knows where Essex is. A mistaken majority will assume it's all about Iraq and the allegedly unlawful occupation of its land. The truth is that Al Qaeda has been active for a long time prior to the incidents in Iraq whether you believe that the invasion was just or not. A string of atrocities including the 9/11 abominations have all gone to perpetuate the Al Qaeda cause, which is founded on the notion that Western ideals are utterly corrupt. At the heart of the radical Islamic movement is the idea that Western society has become corrupted and that strict interpretation of Islam including the application of Sharia is the only answer to group salvation. If you look at the practices of the Taleban in Afghanistan then you start to get a feel for what this is all about. This is religious extremism have no doubt about that. Women relegated to second class citizens, harsh penalties meted out for the most innocuous of crimes and an approach to life reminiscent of the darkest days of Oliver Cromwell in the 17th century before his death in 1658 leading to a popular reprieve from the Puritan movement.

                                  Ideology is hard to fight. In the case of Al Qaeda it's an idea that pervades a myriad of sympathetic groups and cells that flare up in support of their iconic leaders. You can kill a man but ideas are so much harder to put down. Christianity was founded on an idea and millions have died for it over the centuries. So it doesn't look good for the future does it? Only today at least 88 people appear to have been killed in Sharm-al-Sheikh, Egypt whilst London continues to be on terror alert with attacks seemingly daily jut now. So how can we begin to unravel this spiral of death and destruction?

                                  Terrorism feeds on publicity. The notorious beheadings in Iraq where brought right into people's home via the power of the Internet as the new breed of terrorist took up the world wide web as a method of psychological warfare. Very effective it was too with millions across the world given access to the most gruesome of ritualistic killings. The British government have tried in the past to quell publicity for terrorists in Northern Ireland but with today's all seeing media this is now virtually impossible. So if you want to make a point it's nigh on impossible to hush it up now. So do you negotiate? Most governments will have a stated policy of not negotiating with terrorists. After all, why should we give in to threats? It's an interesting interpretation of when force is just and when it isn't. The Arabic world in general sees America as an aggressor that simply crushes disagreement by force. Many see the occupation of Iraq as illegal and yet US policy appears to be heading towards the inevitable expansion of military solutions to the perceived threats from Iran and North Korea. It's difficult for us in the Western World to comprehend how people in the Middle East see us but it will be very different to the way we perceive being perceived. There is a natural leaning towards a halo effect that we are only trying to help and protect others even when they haven't necessarily asked for help. It's almost akin to the mentality of the Crusades in the Middle Ages with ironically similar consequences. Negotiation and mediation seems to be solving the Irish question albeit very slowly. However, in this case there does appear to be common ground that can be exploited however slowly. When it comes to radical Islamic beliefs then the common ground disappears. After all, if Al Qaeda believe that Western governments are inherently corrupt and that the general population will overthrow them if they can be made to see this point then it's difficult to see how this can ever be resolved. There's an element of anarchist belief in that the general population is basically good and by being freed from misguided directions from above, that generic goodness will naturally assert itself.

                                  One of the most sinister aspects of recent events in this country is the sudden departure from the contractual view of the host country being considered immune to attacks from its own people. The suicide bombers of July 7th were all British despite their radical beliefs and actions. The thought that a resident of this country is prepared to strap a bomb to him/herself and kill other people is a chilling change in direction to the war on terrorism. The most obvious solution is to find the perpetrators as quickly as possible to stop them doing anything else assuming they haven't blown themselves to pieces already, of course. Local communities must know who these people are and it's critical that ruthless killers like this are found and prosecuted. As for a longer-term solution then this will depend on how effectively the government can tackle the radical ideologies at work. It seems staggering that we adopt such a liberal stance to radical speakers inciting its members to take up an armed struggle whether here or abroad when other countries are so much stricter. I can't help thinking that this is sympathetic of a laissez faire approach to our own borders that has gone on for far too long now. We cannot possibly protect our own people if we aren't more astute about who comes into the country and the reasons they are coming here for. Only now is the government waking up to this fact with the rest of us hoping that this particular horse hasn't bolted from its metaphorical stable.

                                  I fear that the present climate of global unrest is here to stay for some time. Whilst the world is no stranger to terrorism, the events in London add an unsavoury twist to a grim business. I can't help thinking that a small part of me died in London on the 7th July. A small part of our way of life may have died too.

                                  Your thoughts and comments are welcomed.

                                  Thanks for reading

                                  Marandina

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