One good thing to have come out of this tragedy is a suprising sense of comradery. People are talking in the streets and comforting each other - something you don't often see in London. I went into the local video shop earlier and watched the news with the guy that works there. I've been going there for years, but never really spoken to the him. Now I know his name and that he's worried about his daughter who works in London. A similar thing happened in my local pub just after. I've never got on with the landlord (him being a massive skin head and me being a long haired student has always resulted in a very chalk and cheese relationship) - but he nodded at me in recognition when I came in, and we talked about what has happened for a while. My grandparents often talk about how the sky looked like it was on fire during the blitz, and we were bombed by the IRA for years (twice within earshot of where I was) This doesn't make today's events any less suprising or terrible, but I think as a nation we will cope as well as can be expected. Quite frankly we're tough as old boots, and are certainly not going to bend over to any terrorists. The debates over the causes for this are bound to go on for a good while once things have calmed down (as they should) But the fact is that these terrorits are screaming loonies. I don't believe for a second that these people have a shred of decency in them, or that they will ever stop. They're ego maniacs who will always be able to find a 'just cause'. (it's no coincidence that terrorist groups all over the world assist each other, nor is it a sense of brotherhood at fighting for a good and common goal, it's purely cold blooded mutual interest - freedom fighters these people are not) Terrorists will continue to be a menace untill the day (hopefully) they wake up looking up the barrel of gun held by a member of the SAS. Sure, there's reasons why good people have become so twisted and evil, and these need to be addressed. But so do the nutcases out there who are here to stay.