2005年 07月 14日
The following comments reflect the balance of opinion we have received so far:
Anger and disappointment comes to mind. This opens a new front on the fight against terrorism at home. Questions need to be asked whether our embrace of diversity has been too fast at the expense of integration and empowerment for certain communities. A lot of work needed to be done in the next decade if indeed the bombers are British radical Islamists.
Linh Doan, Houston (British ex-pat), USA
Well done to the police. We must face the truth. Hatred is within human nature and we must never be arrogant enough to think it is a sentiment foreign to each one of us at one level or another.
David, Leeds, UK
Criminals come from all communities and countries. The great thing about the British is that, most of them, recognise that fact. Most British Muslims are as, or even more, horrified by this news because it paints them as something they aren't. Britain's strength is its cross-cultural solidarity. I hope the terrorists never break that.
Liam F, Bracken Ridge, QLD, Australia
We need a symbol of unity. Back in the 70's when racist thugs were splitting communities someone started Rock Against Racism... it had a badge, a white and a black hand shaking. We need something like this now. A symbol for all people on the side of peace and tolerance to wear, to show each other our caring and support for each other, and for the diversity that makes Britain great.
Kate Cooper, Leeds, England
First of all, I think the police should be praised in their quick work to track these bombers down. I have no ill feelings towards Muslims or any other faith or race come to that. This appalling crime was targeted at us all. We should all fight this together.
Mark, Southampton, UK
The media needs to learn that not all Asian people are Muslims and that there are many other people of Asian ethnicity that practice and follow other religions and faiths such as Sikhism and Hinduism. So before the media keep stating that the Muslim community are receiving abusive threats, it is in fact the whole Asian community, as many of us look alike.
It is not a question of place of birth - we need to ask what made these terrorist love death more than we love life.
Tarkan, Toronto, Canada
It's not surprising at all, no matter what nationality they have. Their brain's had been washed to such an extent that they weren't even bothered about the people they left behind.
Nondini Hussain, London, UK
This changes nothing. It only reinforces the simple fact that these people were not Muslims, but people looking for an excuse to hit out at perceived injustices in their own lives. We don't need ID cards, or to give up civil liberties to prove that, we just need to remind people how good we have it here. And the way Londoners are getting back to business is going a long way to show it.
Jon, Manchester, UK
We are now all looking at our neighbours wondering. The most worrying aftermath is the lack of trust we now have about those living close to us. We must not let the fanatics win. Four people should not be allowed to destroy the trust and community in this country.
Chris Healey, Liskeard, UK
I sit here now, hoping that these misguided individuals are not Muslims. Virtually all Muslims are peaceful folk with every right to exist in our society. I hate to imagine the problems this atrocity will cause to peaceful, law abiding people if the motive proves religious or racial.
Ant Butler, Coventry, UK
Why should a British born person do something like this? Who or what is influencing those young Brits to make them want to such a thing? What is going on in the minds of those young people to brainwash them in such a terrible way?
Pieter, Berne, Switzerland
I fear nothing will happen to reduce this threat. A lot of initiatives will be planned, along with a lot of protesting from the talking heads of the civil liberties brigade, with the end result being that any action needed to stop this occurring again will not be taken. Also, I really don't think that "better community relations" would have prevented these attacks. Having cups of tea with extremists won't make them reconsider your status.
David, Nr. Wolverhampton, UK
The fact that the bombers are believed to have been born in the UK, demonstrates that terrorism is not a result of a lack of freedom, opportunity, living in poverty, and all the other "root causes" that are touted each time there is an attack. The root cause of terrorism, quite simply, is hate. The root cause of the hate in regards to terrorism is an ideological belief in a system of moral extremes that preaches and rewards violence perpetuated by hate. Hate thrives in both affluent and impoverished peoples and nations. The only thing moral extremism needs to flourish is an open and accepting ear, and the romanticization of a cause as just and noble.
Severus, Montreal, Canada