Al Qaeda struck our staunchest and bravest ally today, Great Britain. Of course, my first thought was if I had any family there today (brother is in London frequently and we have family in Chesire).
The second thought was a prayer for all of the people hurt by this horrific and cowardly act.
In the coming hours there will be posts around the blogosphere on things that we can do to help. One thing that you can do now is go to my sidebar and click on the second BlogAd which will allow you to send Tony Blair a message of support. The messages are gathered, printed and delivered to 10 Downing. Another action you could take to help London would be to plan a trip there - support tourism and their economy - the very target that Al Qaeda was attempting to hit.
The third thought I had this morning after learning of the attack was that Al Qaeda just made a big, big mistake. I'm not talking about responses or revenge. I'm talking about Al Qaeda misjudging the incredible people of London and Great Britain.
If Al Qaeda is expecting a Spanish-like response to their act, I think they'll be surprised.
For example, of all things, I saw a woman passing out cups of tea at one disaster scene. An act so stoically English and so defiant at the same time...
These are the people that withstood the Battle of Britain.
Update: Bill Roggio at Winds of Change has an excellent analysis.
George Galloway is already blaming Blair for the attacks. What a horrible person he is...and Kos is blaming Bush and Blair, too. And Tom Hayden is calling for change in the US and UK governments.
The first London blogger I checked was Scott Burgess at The Daily Ablution. He's an American.
Tim Worstall is the second and has a bunch of great links and posts about what's happening and what he thinks the British reaction will be tomorrow...
Update 2: A few quotes about today...
"The heroic mujahedeen carried out a blessed attack in London, and now Britain is burning with fear and terror, from north to south, east to west." - Al Qaeda statement
"I want to say one thing: This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty or the powerful, it is not aimed at presidents or prime ministers, it was aimed at ordinary working-class Londoners. That isn't an ideology, it isn't even a perverted faith, it's mass murder." London Mayor Ken Livingstone
"It's important ... that those engaged in terrorism realize that our determination to defend our values and our way of life is greater than their determination to cause death and destruction to innocent people and a desire to impose extremism on the world." - Prime Minister Tony Blair
I'll close with a part of the post from Tim Worstall that I linked to above. Today, I think Tim's expression of language is appropriate.
"...Yes, we’ll take an excuse for a day off, throw a sickie. But you threaten us, try to kill us? Kill and injure some of us?
Fuck you, sunshine.
We’ll not be having that.
No grand demonstrations, few warlike chants, a desire for revenge, of course, but the reaction of the average man and woman in the street? Yes, you’ve tried it now bugger off. We’re not scared, no, you won’t change us. Even if we are scared, you can still bugger off..." - Tim Worstall