Murder In London

As this is written reported death and injury totals resulting from the public transit bombings in London are far from complete. While early indications point to al-Qaida as the perpetrators this too is yet unconfirmed. Whatever the final numbers, and whomever claims these cowardly murders, like those at the World Trade Center, and Madrid’s train system, this deserves nothing but revulsion and outrage from working people everywhere.

London’s Mayor, Ken Livingstone, was spot on when he said the blasts were "mass murder" carried out by terrorists bent on "indiscriminate ... slaughter....This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful ... it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners."

Working class Londoners in their great majority have strongly opposed the war in Iraq. Working class Londoners in their great majority are opposed to the globalization deals being hatched at the G-8 summit in Scotland–where over 200,000 protested last weekend. Working class Londoners are diverse in their composition, many people of color, a substantial number Muslim.

The Anglo-American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have certainly strengthened and emboldened those who carry out such terror against innocent workers. But understanding this connection by no means justifies it.

Such crimes are not only morally repugnant; they also are a political disservice to those fighting the injustices emanating from Ten Downing and the White House. 9/11 has been used to justify war and attacks on human rights. This is fresh ammunition for our class enemy.

Our sympathy and solidarity go out to the working people of Britain. While continuing and intensifying our efforts against the Bush/Blair war we at the same time condemn in no uncertain terms the scum who killed and maimed so many of our fellow workers in London today.

Bill Onasch

July 7, 2005 (1:14pm)