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Lendemain d’attentat

J’ai maintenant peaufiné ma réponse aux proches qui prennent des nouvelles:

Ca va bien, nous ne sommes pas parmi les victimes (ni personne que nous connaissons, pour le moment). Pur hasard…

La vie reprend son cours normal et, à  vrai dire, ce qui est impressionnant c’est le calme avec lequel les événements d’hier ont été affrontés ici, tant par les services compétents qui y étaient préparés que par la population qui, au moins subconsciemment, savait que cela pouvait arriver. Et je trouve quelque peu prématurée, et en tout cas à  formuler prudemment, toute interrogation sur la raison pour laquelle il n’a pas été possible aux services de sécurité, contrairement à  nombre d’attentats qui ont été déjoués ces dernières années, d’empêcher ces bombes d’exploser. Tony Blair a parfaitement répondu, lors de la conférence de presse finale du G8 (BBC):

At a news conference, the prime minister was asked what had gone wrong to allow the bombings in London.

He replied: “These people who kill the innocent and cause such bloodshed, they are responsible and they are solely responsible.”

Et Norman Geras dresse un catalogue du terrorisme en raison duquel les ennemis de la démocratie sont à  combattre comme des ennemis de l’humanité toute entière.

A signaler aussi, dans le Daily Telegraph, un commentaire de Mark Steyn:

Since 9/11 most Britons have been sceptical of Washington’s view of this conflict. Douglas Hurd and many other Tory grandees have been openly scornful of the Bush doctrine. Lord Hurd would no doubt have preferred a policy of urbane aloofness, such as he promoted vis à  vis the Balkans in the early 1990s. He’s probably still unaware that Omar Sheikh was a westernised non-observant chess-playing pop-listening beer-drinking English student until he was radicalised by the massacres of Bosnian Muslims.

Et celui de Christopher Hitchens dans le Daily Mirror (via Harry’s Place):

We know very well what the “grievances” of the jihadists are.

The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won’t abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor’s liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way.

For a few moments yesterday, Londoners received a taste of what life is like for the people of Iraq and Afghanistan, whose Muslim faith does not protect them from slaughter at the hands of those who think they are not Muslim enough, or are the wrong Muslim.

It is a big mistake to believe this is an assault on “our” values or “our” way of life. It is, rather, an assault on all civilisation.