July 19, 2005

The Road to 7/7

Letter to London Daily Telegraph

"You reported on Tuesday that hundreds of police have so far viewed 6,000 CCTV recordings for the purpose of plotting a map of the bombers’ route to London. Sadly the route is all too clear. It starts out in 1969 with Leila Khaled’s hijacking of a passenger aircraft to Heathrow and her release after just 28 days in detention. Then on to Germany 1972 with the release of terrorists who slaughtered 11 Olympic athletes. Then via Vienna 1975 with the release of those who laid siege to the OPEC headquarters. Then by way of Italy 1985 with the release of the killers who hijacked the Achille Lauro cruise ship. The present generation can pick up the rest of this iniquitous list from recent memory. These killers rode into town on a 30-year wave of appeasement. Far from high resolution CCTV, all that is needed to plot their route is old-fashioned low-tech hindsight. "


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