Hold on. Weren't these attacks going to make Londoners feel closer to Israelis -- for once, make them understand a bit about what Israelis have been through for the past 4 years?
Ha'aretz's sobering explanation:
A senior Economist writer... said, "The British simply don't want to see themselves like Israelis." [Writer Jonathan] Friedland agrees: Many Britons simply feel that "Israel is not like us."In other words, for some people at least, there are still good terrorists and bad terrorists, people who 'deserve' to be hit by terror and others who are innocents. Israel -- like Russia with the Chechnians -- is still perceived as the aggressor, and therefore terrorism against it is 'forgiven,' much as Irish Americans forgave the IRA for so many years because they were perceived as 'victims.' Israel clearly has still not got the idea across yet that the struggle against it is not just over the Palestinian question, but over its very existance.