London is under attack once again. Though on the surface it doesn’t look like a catostrophic event the message is clear: we are very vulnerable. And yet, we seem to be very slow to learn our lesson. Although there are some indications that the majority of British public is seriously associating Blair’s policies with the deterioration of their day-to-day security situation, until now, no substantial political call to oust Blair has been made.
Blair is still running this country, and as it is apparent, we are aiming towards a colossal disaster. Some hours ago an Asian man was shot five times down in the Tube by “plainclothes police officers”. We are moving rapidly towards a fragmented and segregated society in which Asian looking people seem to be under constant threat. In every speech Blair preaches at us to stop the evil ideology. Let me be clear about it, putting bombs in the tube is no doubt evil, but what is the ideology behind it? We are yet to learn who stands behind the different London bombings. Thus, we can’t associate the different events with any ideology. If to be honest, the only clear and unmistakeable evil ideology I can think of is the one practiced by Mr. Blair himself. Wasn’t it Blair who voluntarily joined forces with Mr. Bush, starting a war without UN approval? It is Blair and Bush the ones who turning our planet into a ticking bomb.
Things are getting complicated here in the UK. The British public is very confused. So far, the outcome of the investigation of the previous attack makes it undoubtedly clear that the four young Muslims suspected to be the perpetrators were anything but suicide bombers. According to the Sunday papers, on the day of the attack the suspected kamikazes put valid parking tickets on their car’s window screens. They then bought a return ticket form Luton to London. Down in the tube, they bought return tickets again. It doesn’t take a genius to realise that suicide bombers do not look to save money on their ‘way back’. The police argue that they carried their explosives in rucksacks. This is very unusual indeed. In Palestine and Iraq kamikazes strap their explosives to their bodies. Anyhow, the police are talking about the bombers carrying just five kilograms of explosives each. Again it doesn’t make much sense. People who want to kill do not save on explosives. They simply take as much as they can. The only explanation I can think of is that the young fellows more than likely didn’t have a clue. They didn’t know what they were carrying in their bags. They didn’t know what they were up to.
The four young fellows were not kamikazes. They were either decoys or more likely victims of a third murderous party with a clear vicious agenda. As it seems, they were blindly pooled into an act without really realising what they were involved in. Beyond doubt, none of them was the leader of the attack. A leader could carry far more explosives just to cause more carnage. Another fact to bear in mind is that the suspected terrorists didn’t leave any message behind. As we know, in Palestine kamikazes leave some sort of a farewell statement: a video, a letter, or even some lines of religious texts. Those using the tactic of the suicide bomb think of themselves in terms of martyrdom. So far, nothing as such has been found in the UK. The conclusion we can draw is clear. The real perpetrators of the underground bombing are still free, they are out there and they may attack again, but then who could they be?
It is very difficult to determine. Blair is trying to tell us that they must be Muslim fundamentalists, but in fact they can as well be just Arab nationalists. Thinking about it, isn’t it fathomable that they could just as easily be far right British nationalists? The BNP was the first to say “didn’t we warn you all about those Muslims?”
Seemingly, the list of potential perpetrators is open, clearly we know very little, but as a matter of fact we know nothing. We are just guessing here. Moreover, it is likely that we will never know the truth. However, one thing is clear. We all suspect the official government account. We do not trust our elected politicians. We know that Blair lied to us before and during the war, we know that all the official commissions of enquiries were nothing more than to provide a service of whitewashing. Clearly, we become more and more cynical about this concept of liberal democracy.
However, people here do understand that it is Blair’s policy that makes them so vulnerable. Blair is telling us that we have to fight the evil ideology. He pleads for us not to surrender to terror. He is right, we should never surrender to Anglo-American state terrorism. We must stop the current wave of Western colonialism. We must oust Blair and the sooner the better. Can we do it? Not really, it is down to the Labour Party to kick out their warmonger leader.
GILAD ATZMON was born in Israel and served in the Israeli military. He is the author of two novels: A Guide to the Perplexed and the recently released My One and Only Love. Atzmon is also one of the most accomplished jazz saxophonists in Europe. His recent CD, Exile, was named the year’s best jazz CD by the BBC. He now lives in London and can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org