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Winston Churchill Said

You do your worst, and we will do our best.

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peartreealley
Jul. 8th, 2005 07:45 pm (UTC)
Ooooh. I like!
kokyu
Jul. 8th, 2005 07:51 pm (UTC)
Funny you should mention Churchill

A friend and I were discussing today the strategy of the attack. Surely they hope not only for general terror but to drive a wedge between the people and the government.

I think they greatly misjudge the British character.

the_monkey_king
Jul. 8th, 2005 10:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Funny you should mention Churchill
I think you are entirely correct about the British character. And given the history of the Blitz and the IRA bombings, there's a sense that London can damn well take shake the dust off and keep going.

I don't get the sense from the UK press that this comes as a terrible shock to the system. There's a definite contrast to 9/11, which seems to have forcibly shaken the US out of its insularity. I think sometimes we forget about the existence of other nations; the British saw it coming.
kokyu
Jul. 8th, 2005 11:59 pm (UTC)
Re: Funny you should mention Churchill

Agreed.

Also, the Brits have been victims of domestic terrorism previously.

And without trying to sound in any way disprespectful, or minimize the impact of the attack, the scale of the attack was MUCH smaller. We had hundreds injured yesterday and nearly forty dead. Even if everyone currently listed as in critical condidtion dies it will be less than a hundred dead.

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kokyu
Jul. 10th, 2005 03:31 pm (UTC)
well... not so much by the Dutch.

No disparagment taken, you're quite right that in many other parts of the world, the history and likelyhood of senseless attacks on the innocent just to make a point have been much greater.

I think that for most Americans, the September 11th attack was all the more devastating to our communal psyche because of the shock it delivered. It was a nearly singular event. It was way off the scale from the very few terrorist attacks we've experienced. It was act of war, and none of us believed ourselves to be in a war.

Too bad somebody thought otherwise.
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