I am replying as a HCC member who was born in London and can vividly remember being swept off my feet by the blast of a V1 pilot-less bomb in 1944. Although I was only five years old when this happened, I can remember the spirit of the people in our country which was so much part of the late 1940’s when I growing up in London.
From a UK viewpoint, the attacks on Thursday were not really a surprise. The question for sometime has been not if, more one of when. I can only speak personally and say the feelings expressed are very much appreciated.
However, can I suggest that we do not forget those killed and injured in Nairobi, Dar-es-Salam, USS Cole, Madrid, as well as those in New York, Washington DC, and Pennsylvania, plus the forces on duty in Iraq and Afghanistan and the numerous civil victims in those countries.
This is an attack on our way of life. As in the US response to 9/11, the feeling here is to do everything we can to carry on as usual. It just happened, that there was a long-planned celebration in London this weekend for the 60th Anniversary of the end of the Second World War. Thousands and thousands of people thronged the centre of London, as if nothing unusual had happened on Thursday. We even had the whole Royal Family on the balcony of Buckingham Palace to wave to the crowds outside.
So, a personal thank you from this particular Brit.
Frank Jones firstname.lastname@example.org