Londoners Stand Firm, And So Must Americans
London was originally built as a Roman fortress. And since that time, toughness and resilience have remained fundamental traits for all of those who have made their homes beside the Thames. London is a special place, and Londoners have always been made of uncommonly tough stuff. They endured five years of unspeakable hardship, as Hitler prosecuted his campaign of indiscriminate bombing in an effort to deprive British civilians of their will to fight. Later, Londoners soldiered on for three decades in spite of regular IRA bombings.
Thursday, extremists once again brought a campaign of terror to London. But just as Hitler and the IRA failed to bring the great city and its people to its knees, so will this latest attack fail.
Indeed, it already has.
Though the bombings disrupted an otherwise routine morning rush hour, by midday, London was already recovering.
And like so many terrorist attacks before, Thursday’s bombings will have the opposite effect of what the terrorists intended. Rather than softening their resolve, the British, true to their history, will react with courage, anger and steadfastness.
And so must we.
Great Britain is America’s oldest and closest ally. Our cultures, history, law, and fundamental principles are inextricably wound together. We’ve fought tyranny in two world wars, the Cold War and, today, in the War on Terror. We have stood together repeatedly to defend our ideals and advance the human cause of freedom.
So as Americans, we should and must view the attack on London as an attack on one of our own cities and our own brothers and sisters. Indeed, we must view it as an attack on ourselves.
In that way, Thursday’s attack must stiffen American resolve to continue doing what is necessary to ensure that freedom prevails over terror. It is not an easy fight, and we have seen that it will not be a swift or easy victory.
Just as Londoners emerged from their bunkers to defeat Hitler, freedom’s victory over terror is assured. But we must stand firm and continue the fight.July 7, 2005