ISLAMIST TERROR HITS LONDON
A previously unknown al Qaida affiliate, the Secret Organization group of al-Qaeda of Jihad in Europe, perhaps as small as only a few individuals, struck civilians in a series of bombing attacks against public transportation targets including bus and subway trains. CNN is estimating dead in " the double-digits"
Given the odd change of name it is possible, as happened in Lebanon during the 1980's, an existing Islamist group in Britain with ties to terror groups like HAMAS or Palestinian Islamic Jihad created a " cut-out" group with the al Qaida " brand" to carry out this brutal and cowardly act of terror. It will also be very interesting if Scotland Yard turns up any evidence of cooperation between IRA splinter groups and Islamist extremists. IRA members have already been caught exporting their terror skills to FARC in Colombia and this bombing would only be a logical extension of that kind of inter-terror group cooperation.
We can also expect a possible reassassment of British security laws and immigration policy, the latter having previously become controversial enough to spawn the birth of a right-wing nationalist party that did modestly well in local elections.
The blogosphere is just starting to react at this hour. Curzon
at Coming Anarchy
points to a predictable burst of moral appeasement from the anti-globo left
. Juan Cole
has nothing yet though I expect that to change. Liberals Against Terrorism
have two posts up, one by praktike
and the other by Armchair Generalist
. Winds of Change
has a post up
as does Wretchard
at The Belmont Club
who makes some good points about terrorist targeting
More commentary later as this story develops.