On the way into work this morning, I was listening to NPR. I was horrified at the way even this "left-wing" news organization parroted the party line of "this is an al Qaeda attack perpetrated against the U.S."
The spokesman for the London Metropolitan Police, when asked whether the police thought that the attacks were carried out by "Islamic terrorists," said immediately that what he knew of Islam absolutely did not include terrorism or killing of civilians, and that if whoever carried out the attack believed himself to be a good Muslim, he was mistaken. The British were very careful to say that they didn't know whether the bombs had been parcels left on the trains or in backpacks strapped to people. They said that they had seen a website from a jihad group claiming responsibility, but they didn't lend it much credibility.
It was the U.S. journalists who were saying over and over "but the entire London underground always shuts down the minute any suspicious package is seen on a train, so it had to be suicide bombers, which is al Qaeda's method, so it has to be al Qaeda, and they only struck London because England is an ally of the U.S. and they know George Bush is in the country."
I'm waiting for the part where the U.S. links this to the ongoing battle of the Iraqi defense forces (you know, the "insurgents").
I'm willing to believe that the bombing was carried out in an attempt to disrupt the G8 summit. That's logical and fits with the facts. But, given the sheer number of countries the U.S. has used and thrown away in this world, I think that we do ourselves a disservice by narrowing our focus to one group.
Let's widen our focus enough to include everyone, including ourselves.