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'Bombing at the BBC in Whitecity' Innocent recipients of yet another mindless act of violence!
Member Name: Mcdaddy
Date: 22/04/01, updated on 22/04/01 (335 review reads)
Disadvantages: People who have no involvement in the argument are hurt or killed!
At 12:20am 4/3/01 the BBC studios in Whitecity were rocked by an explosion. This explosion came from yet another terrorist bomb hidden in a parked taxi.
I am no stranger to the noise of a bomb going off, as I used to live near to Staples Corner at the mouth of the M1 where the IRA planted a car bomb nearly 10 years ago. The blast happened in the early hours of the morning to (I hope) avoid innocent commuters from being injured in the blast. However, things like this never go so smoothly, and the blast hurt individuals making their way home from a night out, or from their local pub. The blast was aimed to cause disruption on a major road and to immobilise a nearby police station. It did just this, causing damage to the Edgware to Cricklewood overpass, which took over six months to repair, and completely destroyed the B&Q that the car was parked next to.
The bomb blast took out a number of windows in the houses in my road, and luckily that was the extent of the damage to property. However, it is not the structural damage to a house that causes a long-term affect, it is the psychological impact that it has on a person that can do the real damage. Personally I was not emotionally scarred from the incident, but others I know are now in fear as to whether or not they are living nearby or next to an area or landmark that could be used as a terrorists next target.
The incident early that morning was phoned in to a charity and to a hospital, and measures were taken to prevent the impending explosion, and to dispose of the bomb. Unfortunately it did not go as planned, and the bomb disposal unit could not achieve a controlled explosion, and as a result the bomb went off on its own accord. As reports currently state no one was killed in the attack, and the disposal team involved were at a safe distance at the time. But the event did not go without creating new victims, as a nearby rail worker was injured by the blast.
Now let me see, unle
ss things have changed slightly over the past few days I was not aware that a rail worker was responsible for making political decisions that would lead them to being a target of a terrorist organisation! The point that I am making is that this person has had no involvement in whatever grievance this group has with its intended target. So why is it always the innocent bystanders who have to pay for such a destructive and devastating show of anger?
The reason for the bombing at the BBC's studios was due to lack of press coverage they gave to the events and cause of the 'Real IRA'. Rather than air a grievance, once again violence has been used as a mediator; once again an attack has been made not at the parties responsible, but on the poor people that are trying to go about there everyday lives.
I suggest that these groups who believe in these violent terror tactics should sit down and think long and hard about the implications that their actions may have. Fair enough they will be making a violent statement which will get them noticed, and by targeting a large media base they may even get a bit longer than the usual 5 minute slot on the afternoon news that these type of horrific incidents normally get. But in the long run all will be forgotten, and the selfish cowards fail to consider the aftermath on ordinary people that their attacks cause. Unfortunately the only way that they will fully learn what it does to others who are not involved is if one of their own family members or friends become one of the innocent victims of yet another faceless attack.
In conclusion I would suggest that groups such as these appreciate the fact that over thousands of years of human evolution we are now able to resolve issues by talking about the problems that are involved. We are no longer required to resort to hand-to-hand combat and the beating of our 'manly' chests to get the attention that we seek.
I hope that no body was s
eriously injured in the attack and that life can go on as normal as can be expected for those that have been affected by this blast. Unfortunately I feel with great sorrow that it will not be the last such action by a long shot.