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  •  This is very true (15+ / 0-)

    we saw that here in Europe. When the Atocha was bombed, one of the busiest commuter light rail stations near center-ville Madrid. That was seared into all our memories but what could the spaniards do but continue living and including that line and that station? My colleagues sister commuted there at the time. Once I was sitting in a railway station somewhere mif Germany waiting omn a train when a nondescript lady approached me if I could watch over her luggage for a moment while she did something in a nearby office. How could I not think of Atocha? So I forced these thoughts to the back of my mind and told me we have got to refuse to let that determine what we do, and watched over her stuff. So this lady, turned out the nicest heartbreaker that I had had in quite a while (until my train came). So that is what it comes down to. German police in the nick of time foiled an attempt to bomb a train in Cologne. Police was less lucky in London. Yet, we can not allow this kind of stuff to shape ourselves. One can fight fear by refusing to give in to it.

    The whole of terrorism is powerless to damage us if we stick to that.

    Far worse and far more difficult to defend is it when a nefarious - but well recognized - government or authority takes peoples normality and gradually turns it into an outrage and atrocity in itself. THAT is what we really must fear.  

    •  i was in london (9+ / 0-)

      just days after the 7/7 bombings, and they kept the tube shut down for a few more days, but as soon as they reopened it, people were right down into it, without a second thought. british spunk.

      The cold passion for truth hunts in no pack. -Robinson Jeffers

      by Laurence Lewis on Mon Apr 15, 2013 at 03:54:08 PM PDT

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      •  Lived in London 'til recently... (9+ / 0-)

        ... and was there during the transport bombings. Thing is,  can't be sure that it was British spunk; Londoners already accept that the bloody transport system is killing/torturing us by degrees all on its own, especially during rush hour. For that matter, IIRC, one of the jokes going around at the time was that with the London transport network being as shite as it is, bombing it might just end up improving the service! ;-)

        But seriously, folks, as someone from a city that experienced a terrorist attack not all that long ago, I think Laurence Lewis gets it just right - it's a horrible thing to happen and downright awful for those directly affected, but it's something that Boston can and will get through as long as you don't let the bastards (who can include news networks, along with the terrorists themselves) grind you down. Sympathy & solidarity from a former Londoner & the UK in general.

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