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Thursday, September 01, 2005

Hijacked Hopes [2]

If you haven't already done so, you can read part one by clicking here.

The news will once more be dominated by Iraq and the July London bombings, with new evidence released by an Arabic news broadcast.

With video footage released recorded by one of the bombers of the London attacks, it now seems certain that not only were these attacks carried out by suicide bombers, but that these British Muslims knew exactly what they were doing. Suspicions that they were merely pawns, duped into creating the havoc they ultimately did, seems to be blown away by the chilling video message left by the oldest of the four terrorists, amd aired by al-Jazeera TV.

An action carried out by most suicide bombers and left as a last will, in the message recorded before he died and broadcast on al-Jazeera, Mohammad Sidique Khan seems to explain his motives, explaining he was "a soldier".

Khan, 30, said the UK government had committed atrocities against Muslims and he was inspired by Osama Bin Laden.

On the tape, the bomber says the attacks in London - eight weeks ago to the day - and in Madrid were the fault of "Western citizens" and the public should no longer feel safe as they would be targeted again.

In a Yorkshire accent, he said: "Our words are dead until we give them life with our blood. I and thousands like me have forsaken everything for what we believe."

He said the public was responsible for the atrocities perpetuated against his "people" across the world because they supported democratically elected governments who carried them out.

"Until we feel security, you will be our targets," he said.

"Until you stop the bombing, gassing, imprisonment and torture of my people we will not stop this fight.

"We are at war and I am a soldier. Now you too will taste the reality of this situation."

In a second video edited on to Khan's message, al-Qaeda's Ayman al-Zawahri claimed responsibility for the blasts and threatened new attacks.

The Year London Blew Up: not 2005 but 1974

Look back through recent history, it doesn't take long to discover that London's dealings with terrorists are nothing new.

British TV station Channel 4 looks at what happens when a city faces a cell of fanatics with a single goal: to bring the maximum terror to the civilian population. Militant Islamists may be the current threat, but in 1974/5, the enemy was the Provisional IRA. Four men hiding out in London bedsits carried out over 40 separate incidents across the capital. The city and its people reeled under the impact of this sustained attack, but finally found the resolve to face the onslaught and defeat it.

Told through documentary, drama and first-hand accounts, this feature-length history special is a unique account of the most ruthless IRA bombing campaign ever to hit mainland Britain.

Accompanied with a full chronology of that fateful year, and bringing all the events into ordered focus, it seems to be a dark mirror to recent events.

Religious Militanism

Yet, possibly unsurprisingly, people are finding it hard to disassociate Islam from religious militanism.

Jesus preached for peace.

He openly contradicted the "eye for an eye" philosophy of the Old Testament and replaced it with "love they neighbour" and to be tolerant, to "turn the other cheek". But that didn't stop Saul's a.k.a Paul's converts massacring hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the Crusades. Then it was merely a method of evangelization, Chatholicism on fire with religious fervor, brandishing drawn swords for Christianity believing that the road of matrydom was the quickest way to get penance and reach Biblical heaven.

Nor shall my sword sleep in hand/'Til we have built Jerusalem/In England's green and pleasant land goes the words to one of William Blake's prophetic works, capitulating the essence of this belief.

Sounds frighteningly similar, doesn't it?

These Islamic extremists are now using this historical context and camouflaging their repugnant acts under the pretence that they are waging a modern day Holy War, trying to carve a sanctuary for Muslims in the world today by force. Their swords shall not sleep in their hands until they have a new Jerusalem.

And the video message from one of the four suicide bombers behind the 7 July London Tube attacks which killed 52 people, seems to underline this with frightening accuracy.

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