Once again we turned on our televisions Thursday morning and tuned in to international broadcasts of another terror attack in London.
And we asked ourselves collectively, what’s next?
We, as a global community, experienced the horror of terrorism Sept. 11, 2001, when the Twin Towers in New York City were brought down by airplanes and the bastion of the armed forces, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., was severely damaged.
And don’t forget about that hijacked plane that crashed in Pennsylvania.
Now, for the second week, London has experienced the awfulness that terrorism brings with it.
Some argue that London wouldn’t be under attack if it hadn’t joined forces with the United States in the war on terrorism in Iraq.
Others argue that terrorism attacks on London were just a matter of time.
Terrorism knows no borders.
The attacks on the World Trade Center and the transit system in London were directed at civilians who, according to the principle of civilian immunity, should not be targeted. And even if the Pentagon could be considered a military target, using a plane loaded with innocent civilians as a bomb is unacceptable.
The people perpetuating these acts of terror on innocent civilians are nothing more than spineless cowards.
They leave feelings of uncertainty and fear, but those who have been victimized need to stand strong.
Prime Minister Tony Blair has stressed that it is important for Londoners to continue with their business as much as possible to normal.
It’s really the only way to fight back. That lesson was learned in New York and Washington, D.C., almost four years ago.
Certainly the hearts of all in the Cayman Islands go out to our friends and comrades in London. No one should have to endure the horrors of terrorism.
Give those you know in London your support and an ear for listening, if need be.
Acts of terrorism – whether in the United States, the United Kingdom, Russia or anywhere – affect everyone in this world.
We have to work collectively to support those who have experienced death and destruction and, through working together, make this a free and safe world.