I thought long and hard about whether I should post this here. It is after all primarily a customer support blog and my personal stories tend to be witty (at least I think they are) anecdotes. However given the impact and depth of my feelings on the topic I thought it would be less than sincere of me not to.
It was also interesting to see how many of the other technology blogs commented both on the bombing and the blog-reporting. Check out wikinews for examples.
First, a little background. I grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland which is about 400 miles north of London. My grandmother and a bunch of relatives lived and still live in London as do a number of my friends. I spent quite a bit of time there over the years and frequented all the places where bombs exploded today. My cousin’s daughter was in one of the tube stations earlier this week on a school field trip.
As I was watching TV this morning I couldn’t help but think about all the signs there were in the Tube about watching for suspicious packages back then (It’s scary to think I am talking about 20 years ago!).
The bombs we were scared of then were being planted by the IRA. The reaction to those bombings was often violent and always unsuccessful. What has worked (more or less) has been an ongoing combination of refusing to give in to violence while actively addressing rightful grievances.
It was diplomats not soldiers, who were able to bring peace to Northern Ireland.
I hope and pray that we learn from our past successes.