Thursday, July 07, 2005

Death toll rises to 38 in London terror blasts

I woke up this morning to the radio, and heard the news. I've been away from my desk most of the day, so unable to comment.

Unprovoked attacks of this sort are so incredibly hard to comprehend, and put in perspective. These are callous attacks on innocent civilians, designed to injure, maim and kill. They are also trying to force public opinion to get troops out of Iraq, and Afghanistan. But today we should not worry about that, we should think first and foremost of the individuals. Parents who lost their children, and children who have had the most important people ripped from their lives, and their innocent, wide eyed security forever shattered.

The most wonderful aspect of our society is we have the right to stand up and say what we think, and what we believe. We have the right to believe according to our personal values, and the guiding principles of our governments is to respect our freedom to think for ourselves.

I am fortunate to live in a country where freedom of speech, civil and personal rights, and the separation between Church and State is strongly valued and respected. Our freedoms bring with them rights and privileges we usually take for granted. On days like today we realize how valuable our rights are.

Richard


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