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Attack on London: Answer the question

| Friday, July 8, 2005

While the shock of the terrorist explosions in London was still bloody hot on Thursday, British Prime Minister Tony Blair spoke for the G-8 leaders conferring in Scotland:

"We shall prevail and they shall not."

But this eloquence is not action, nor is it certain prophecy. On this day of mourning for the people of London -- informed by 9/11 and our common cause with Britain in the war on terror -- Mr. Blair's statement is more apt when it becomes a question:

Shall we prevail?

The blasts in the subway and on a bus shut down London's public transit system, the underground portion, or "Tube," managed by Pittsburgh native Tim O'Toole. Public transportation in London averages 8.4 million riders daily; the city was brought to a shattered standstill.

The message sent is as unmistakable as it is a lie: Leave Afghanistan and Iraq, or this is not over.

Yet the practitioners of radical Islam know no end. The West is an affront to the theocratic nihilism of this new world order and must, over time, be broken.

As these radicals do not have the strength to do so directly, they count on our fear, our self-imposed weakness and our guilt. The attacks in Spain accomplished a change in government and a withdrawal from the war.

If the West "deserves this" for its sins, then it deserves much more -- a final dissolution.

These bastards know no justice and know no god. But that does not answer the question:

Shall we prevail?

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