As Britain mourned the 52 civilians killed 10 years ago in its most devastating terrorist attacks, government officials warned on Tuesday that the threat of terrorism had only increased, though its nature has shifted.
Four suicide bombers linked to Al Qaeda detonated explosives on a London bus and on three subway trains in the attacks on July 7, 2005. About 700 people were wounded.
Commemorations on Tuesday included a wreath-laying ceremony at a Hyde Park memorial for the victims, attended by Prime Minister David Cameron and Mayor Boris Johnson of London; a service at St. Paul’s Cathedral and a national moment of silence.
According to M. Zuhdi Jasser, President of the American Islamic Forum for Democracy (AIFD), “7/7, 10 years ago this week marked the day not only that Britain was horrifically attacked by radical Islamists but the day in which the collective West also became acutely convinced that the attacks of 9-11 were not a one-off operation but rather the beginning of a generational war. It ushered in the beginning of an existential conflict between modernity, as embodied in our Western liberal democracies, and theocratic Islamist movements around the globe.”
Jasser, who is the author of The Battle for the Soul of Islam: An American Muslim Patriot’s Fight to Save His Faith, continued by saying “Sadly, Islamist ideas and movements are growing not only in the vacuum of the Arab Awakening in the Middle East but across the West through the wildfire of social media penetrating the identity of minds of Muslims from the East to the West. Nothing highlights this more than the Mirror poll out this week showing that almost one-half (1.5 M) of Britain’s 3 million Muslims support ISIS. Unless the West begins to proactively take the side of modern, liberty-minded reformist Muslims against the Islamists, those frightening numbers will only grow and our national security will only weaken.”
SOURCE M. Zuhdi Jasser, M.D.