July 7th, 2005



I wrote something similar to this in /. earlier, but I think it bears better distribution…

I've seen many calls, mainly from America, to "be strong". The day that someone holding threats of bombing before us stops us from carrying on with our day to day life weakens us enough that we need this encouragement is the day that the bombers win. I've seen people describe Londoner's reactions to today's events as the Blitz spirit, but it also calls to mind Churchill's famous speech.

…we shall fight on the beaches, we shall fight on the landing grounds, we shall fight on the fields and in the streets, we shall fight in the hills, we shall never surrender.

This is a different battle. Here we fight in public debate, and the hearts and minds of the People. But we are fundamentally the same people that Churchill was describing; we will carry on this fight.

Changing our lifestyle to combat this terrorism would be giving in. Instead we will offer up a prayer for the dead and the bereaved; and then go about our lives and our businesses, not unmoved, but unchanged; like our parents and grandparents.


Send your grain across the seas, and in time you will get a return. Divide your merchandise among seven or perhaps eight ventures, since you do not know what disasters are in store for the world. If the clouds are heavy with rain they will shed it on the earth; whether a tree falls south or north, it must lie as it falls. He who keeps watching the wind will never sow, and he who keeps his eye on the clouds will never reap.
— Ecclesiastes 11:1-4

There's a witch hunt coming, born out of all the American fears
There's a new purge coming, an inquisition for all of us here

— New Model Army, Christian Militia

"Then we will have tonight!" we said.
"Tomorrow- may we not be dead?"
The morrow touched our eyes, and found
Us walking firm above the ground,
Our pulses quick, our blood alight.
Tomorrow's gone- we'll have tonight!

— Dorothy Parker, On Cheating The Fiddler