London — 7/7, 2005

I boot up and discover that London has been hit. A previously-unknown group calling itself the “Secret Organization of al-Qaida in Europe” has apparently claimed responsibility on a web site, but I certainly wouldn’t discount other possibilities at this point.

Instapundit seems to be gathering links, so that’s a great starting place.

My thoughts go out to those that have suffered in London, and those in the area who probably feel like they’re in the sights of the enemy. The coordination of these bombings certainly indicates a plan of some sort, and we don’t know what that plan is. As the dawn makes its way west, there could be more.

I’m extending a specific “hope for well-being” to Expat Yank and his family, who live in London. He’s blogging events (most recently here), so keep an eye on his site.

UPDATE: Well, the I didn’t even bother posting the initial reports of 2 dead. I thought that either London was amazingly lucky (and didn’t want to seem to celebrate “only” 2 deaths) or that the number was going to grow significantly.

Unfortunately, the latter seems to be the case. The latest “Breaking” tag at the top of now reads “At least 40 killed in London blasts, U.S. official says.”

UPDATE 2: I almost wrote “tragically” instead of “unfortunately”. It’s important to remember that this isn’t a tragedy in the regular sense.

The busses and subways didn’t “blow up”.

The busses and subways “were blown up“.


  1. You don’t know what the plan is? From what I just read, I’d say it’s a ‘let’s blow some shit up’ type of plan. If there was anything more than that to it, sounds like it failed to me. Frankly I don’t think the kind of people who would blow up a London bus are really capable of thinking very far beyond that kind of plan. After all, if there was some kind of sensible plan, it probably wouldn’t involve random acts of senseless violence.