July 08, 2005

7/7 - Rumsfeld, UK Conservative Party respond

Secretary Rumsfeld on the London bombings:

But if these terrorists thought they could intimidate the people of a great nation, they picked the wrong people and the wrong nation. For generations, tyrants, fascists, and terrorists have sought to carry out their violent designs upon the British people only to founder upon its unrelenting shores.

Before long, I suspect that those responsible for these acts will encounter British steel. Their kind of steel has an uncommon strength. It does not bend or break.

Meanwhile, the British Conservative Party's reacts to the cowardly attacks:

Declaring the nation united and standing firm in its resolve to face down terrorism, Party Leader Michael Howard issued a statement which declared: "We express our deepest sympathy to the families and friends of those who have lost lives and those who have been injured. We express our thanks and admiration for the heroic work of the emergency services and we fully support the Prime Minister in what he has said about our determination to defend and to protect our way of life."

...Speaking after Home Secretary Charles Clarke made a brief statement to MPs following the bombings on the Tube network and at least one bus in the capital, Mr Davis said: "A prime aim of terrorists is to demoralise and divide our communities. It is right that we should be angry at today's atrocities. It is no less essential that we remain clear-headed and united. We say to the terrorists: you will not succeed in setting us against one another."

...Mr Davis said: "This morning's explosions were acts of almost unspeakable depravity and wickedness - planned with the deliberate intention of taking innocent life. The whole House condemns them utterly. This is not just an attack on our capital city, but on our country as a whole. It goes without saying that the Government will have our full support in dealing with this assault upon our society. We stand ready with them to play our part."

Forgive me for seeming cynical, but let us hope that Mr. Davis' words hold true, and those sentiments of support do not fade with time.

I am in no way an authority on the dynamics of British partisan relations, so I am not in any way attempting to speak out of place by assuming the Conservative Party would do such a thing. Sadly, I am merely speaking from experience when the Liberals here in the States did just that... here's hoping the resolve of the UK's CP is stronger.

H/T: RightWingNews

Posted by Kyer at July 8, 2005 01:10 AM | TrackBack