Terror attacks in London: Experts Disagree
Friday July 8th 2005
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Forums in London are ablaze with anger as a result of yesterday’s
bombing in London. Some posters demand deporting Muslims or even
Three bombs were detonated in the underground (London's subway
system) and one was detonated in a bus. Explosions occurred near
the Aldgate, Russell Square and Edgware Road stations and on a Route
30 bus at Woburn Place. Panicked passengers were trapped in smoke
filled trains for up to 20 minutes.
The Underground was completely shut down and roads were closed near
the bombings. Bus services were later shut down all across London.
Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair confirms fears that it was a
coordinated terror attack, but appeals for calm, asking people not
to travel to London or make unnecessary calls to emergency services.
Here in the US
the 9/11 attacks gave us an understanding of the hostility toward
the “Enemy”. But not all experts agree on the best course of action.
Experts in the Bush Administration feel a strong, tough approach is
best, but professor Grosscup at California State University in Chico
recommends a different approach in fighting these desperate, and
He tells Best
Syndication “Only time will tell if a pure military solution
that depends a great deal on dropping bombs from the sky on
civilians will not work or will only exacerbate the 'problem.' “.
In talk shows and in his book, “The Newest Explosions of Terrorism:
Latest Sites of Terrorism in the 1990’s and Beyond (New Horizon
Press), he makes a strong case against what he labels as the
In the twenty years
after receiving his Ph.D. in international relations at the
University of Massachusetts, he has fought an uphill battle trying
to make his point. In the classroom, and talk shows, and his book,
he asks, “If history shows that a violent response to an act of
terrorism begets more terrorism, then why is a violent response the
predominant choice of experts and politicians of the world?”.
His position is
that we should listen to the grievances of terrorists. In a recent
interview he sited the solution used in Northern Ireland. By hearing
grievances and negotiations the problems appears to be solved. He
believes America and Britain’s terror problems can be solved in the
Because it is
impossible to protect ourselves from all attacks, there is no real
security from dedicated terrorists and therefore the best solution
may lie in a change in policy. He has indicated that the War in Iraq
may cause America and her allies more heartache in the future.
One thing for
certain, this is not like any war we have faced.
Best Syndication Staff Writer
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