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Friday, July 08, 2005

Condolences and prayers

My condolences and prayers go out to the people and their families affected by the bombings in London.

Happenings like this and 9/11 scare my youngest daughter to tears, and I am not far behind her.

Irrespective of one's religious or political leanings ("one man's terrorist is another man's freedom fighter" as was said in the last James Bond movie), the taking of innocent life is always to be condemned.

One hears/reads of people that we care about are safe and we breath a sigh of relief and are grateful, but immediately one thinks of the anguish that families must go through when they don't hear good news, or hear nothing at all.

Many here in Australia sometimes smugly think that we are immune from the risks of terrorist activity, being so far away from the major centres of the world. But many are also scared that the 'Coalition of the Willing' raised our country's profile as a target. And our borders are so large that they are impossible to police; our saving grace being our isolation from other major land masses.

Perhaps one benefit of the internet and communication technology in general is that I don't have to travel to Melbourne or Sydney (or London or NY or Madrid or Paris or [name your city of terrorist activity]) nearly as much as perhaps my late grandfather did when he was a travelling salesman for a communications technology company after WWII. He travelled all over Europe, repeatedly, for his employer. I don't know if he ever feared for his life in the aftermath of the war as much as Londoners have had to after the IRA atrocities in the 70s and 80s and now muslim extremists in this current generation.

But I also say a prayer for those innocent muslims who will inevitably be caught up in a racist reaction to the London bombings. Here in Australia, after 9/11, police and security guards had to protect muslims from the emotional outpourings of irrational Australians. Thankfully, much good work was done by all faiths coming together to condemn the racist backlashes and work towards re-integration of muslims back into a largely secular (and unfortunately rascist) society.

'Peace in our time' seems such a long way off.