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London mayor Livingstone: what caused bombings?
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Date: 7/20/05 at 1:27PM
From the Leicester Mercury in England:
Livingstone: West makes terrorists
20 July 2005
London Mayor Ken Livingstone has blamed Western foreign policy in the Middle East for creating the conditions for terrorist attacks such as the July 7 bombs in the capital.
Mr Livingstone said that Western interventions to maintain control of oil supplies in Arab countries, dating back to the First World War, had produced the Islamist terrorism of extremists including Osama bin Laden’s al Qaida network.
He said that many young people in Britain were outraged by the double standards in Western foreign policy, reflected in America’s support for Israel and detentions without trial in the Guantanamo Bay prison camp in Cuba. …
Asked what he blamed for the rise of Islamist radicalism and terrorism, Mr Livingstone did not specifically mention Britain’s involvement in the Iraq War, which he opposed.
But he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think we have just had 80 years of Western intervention in predominantly Arab lands because of the Western need for oil.
“We have propped up unsavoury governments, we have overthrown ones that we didn’t consider sympathetic.
“And I think the particular problem we have at the moment is that in the 1980s the Americans recruited and trained Osama bin Laden, taught him how to kill, to make bombs and sent him off to kill the Russians in Afghanistan and they didn’t give any thought to the fact that once he had done that, he might turn on his creators.”
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UK Institute: Iraq war-London bombs link
Date: 7/18/05 at 6:36PM
July 18, 2005
Riding Pillion in the US war on terror
Today, a report from The Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House lays waste to the UK governments claim that the conduct of the “war on terror” and the invasion of Iraq were not important factors in increasing the vulnerability of the UK.
According to the Chatham House press release:
“there is ‘no doubt’ that the invasion of Iraq has imposed particular difficulties for the UK and for the wider coalition against terrorism.
According to the paper, the situation in Iraq has ‘given a boost to the Al-Qaeda network’s propaganda, recruitment and fundraising’, whilst providing an ideal targeting and training area for Al-Qaeda-linked terrorists”.
“A key problem for the UK in preventing terrorism in Britain is the government’s position as ‘pillion passenger’ to the United States’ war on terror”.
Update May 2007: here.
Families of victims of the July 7, 2005 bombings in London have denounced a parliamentary investigation into the events as a “whitewash”: here.
MI5 and police attacked over secrecy as 7/7 inquest opens: here.