Mayor Livingstone Gets It
In case you had any doubts about the British people, in case you wondered if they still have the "Blitz spirit" that carried them through World War II, if you thought perhaps Great Britain isn't all that "great" anymore, have no fear. Our constant ally and land of my progenitors is still populated by folks made of stout and stern stuff. Witness the comments made by the good Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, following yesterday's dastardly and barbaric attacks. "I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at Presidents or Prime Ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners, black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old. It was an indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for class, for religion, or whatever.
That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith - it is just an indiscriminate attempt at mass murder and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other. ... Londoners will not be divided by this cowardly attack. They will stand together in solidarity alongside those who have been injured and those who have been bereaved and that is why I'm proud to be the mayor of that city.
Finally, I wish to speak directly to those who came to London today to take life.
I know that you personally do not fear giving up your own life in order to take others ... But I know you fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society and I can show you why you will fail.
In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations and, even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfill their dreams and achieve their potential.
They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don't want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our city where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.
To paraphrase Sir Winston Churchill, one of history's greatest orators, statesmen and patriots, "[The terrorists]know that they will have to break us in this Island or lose the war. If we can stand up to them, all [the world] may be free and the life of the world may move forward into broad, sunlit uplands. But if we fail, then the whole world, ... including all that we have known and cared for, will sink into the abyss of a new Dark Age made more sinister, and perhaps more protracted, by the [evils] of perverted ["religion"].
Let us therefore brace ourselves to our duties, and so bear ourselves that if the British Empire and its Commonwealth last for a thousand years, men will still say, 'This was their finest hour.'"AMEN!!!