UK terror alert - LIVE!
- 10 Aug 06, 06:01 PM
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We heard your views on the alleged plot foiled by British authorities to blow up several planes travelling between Britain and the United States. Post your comment now.
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How quickly we forget. For those blaming Islam for the exterme actions of a few, what about the actions of the IRA, Christians were involved. What about the actions of the KKK? The KKK is a "Christian" organization. For people blaming and judging Islam, it is like judging Christianity based on the actions of the KKK.
Arman, Washington, DC
Your guest on the program was dismissive of the point of view of the caller which pointed out that British Police had raided and arrested, by mistake, two brothers of Pakistani origin (shooting one) and then later being forced to apologize as they were not found to be terrorists (your guest pointed out that one was later charged with possession of pornography - a completely unrelated, as well as irrelevant point to the discussion relating to the issue of terrorism and the heightened security surrounding flights today). Thus a healthy level of skepticism relating to security threats by "government agencies" in a democracy is mandated.
It should be further pointed out to your guest (although I do believe that the heightened security is warranted for international flights) that it is not hard to understand that some people have a difficult time believing British security services. It was only recently that the British police shot and killed an innocent Brazilian. It has been conclusively and indisputably established, that the British police lied and fabricated facts to try to justify their reaction. Has your guest ever heard of the expression "Cry Wolf".
Hermes Solomon, Nicosia, Cyprus
I feel increasingly insecure living in the middle east on this aircraft carrier of an island, so nearby the lebanon and israel. The only way out is by air and now terrorists have found a means of causing chaos in international airports. I just can't imagine a world without airlines...what a brilliant idea by the terrorists and one to be taken seriously. Are we to assume that U.K. police know that an untold number of terrorists are still moving around freely with some sophisticated explosive attached to their bras or somewhere else on their person, probably to be set off by using a mobile telephone? If so, then we are on an eventual loser and sooner or later they will succeed in exploding one or more of their devices no matter how fail safe is our security.
The crusaders pillaged the saracens for over two hundred years...is this terrorist activity in response to modern crusaders? Allah and God help us to learn by our mistakes!!
I applaud your guest. He is right on mark about the hypocrisy that exists in the Muslim world. Terrorists are killing people of all faiths, yet the Muslim world never stands up to resist terror violence. There is a clear problem with certain elements in the Muslim world and very rarely do those communities stand up to protest such violence.
Morten Lange, Iceland
I think it is necessarry to keep one's calm and not stir up a mass hysteria. How many civilians have been killed by Israel and Hezbollah, in the ongoing war ? Many hundred. How many are killed EVERY year in the US by car-traffic ? Official statistics say 40.000 a year.
And how many die prematurely because of the irresposibility of the likes of MacDonalds and General Motors, that is by inactivity and unhealthy eating ? 300.000.
Of course terrorism must be fought, but our current US and UK politicians have not exactly been doing much about the root of "extremist terrorism", instead the extremists have been strengthened by the actions of hardliners. The track record of the US in Iraq is not exactly a pretty one.
Tekla, Burbank, CA
I hope the NSA has traced the signal of "Hagus" in Maryland.
It's terribly embarrassing when I hear beings who clearly hate America calling from inside America.
If they hate us so much why are they here????
Kathleen, Hayling Island, England
The atrocities being metered out in the Lebanon and Gaza and Mr Blair's blind unerring display of loyalty to the very misguided Mr. Bush will no doubt create, fuel and perpetuate any real or imagined threat of terrorism. Both are fatal.
Catherine, Ontario, Canada
First thing I heard upon waking this morning was the bad news about the terror plot. Is it only ME or does anyone else see how we bring this on ourselves? I am a Canadian and feel more fear than ever before thanks to our new foreign policy.
It seems the more we interfere, the more we try to "help" other countries it makes us their target if we don't agree with their ideologies. We can't control the world so let's stop trying. Let's get back to looking after our own lives and country let those who want to fight among each other, those who have dictatorships, etc. deal with their problems in their own way.
As someone born in Maryland, I can say that Hagos, or whatever his name, is NOT representative of us. He's going to believe what he wants, that Israel, Britain, and the USA are behind everything. I'm sure he'd say that the Mossad was behind 9/11, and that Osama is really Jewish. It's comical to listen to people like him, yet also scary. I just pray that he's only words and no action, or we have a serious problem in the USA.
Dorron, Chicago, IL USA
Why is it terrorism when it happens in the UK or the USA and something else when it happens in Israel or Iraq?
Lance Corporal Elias from Bangladesh
I hate those people who are involved in this mass murderous plot. Thanks to security authority for spoiling the plot. I think it is a new threat in the world. It's a result of UK people's dismotivation. So UK govt should take motivation step nationwide.
Peter in Ireland, who remembers the IRA bombing campaign and the Cold War.
A) If the UK is in such peril, as stated by Reid, why is the Prime Minister on holiday? B) I would feel safer if UK policy were less immoral and the UK had fewer enemies.
Its is possible that these is just an attempt to defelect attention from the war on Lebanon....
George Bush always plays the terrossism card when he gets unpopular...using the effect of fear to rally more support for all his less than interesting antics.
I was lucky to have left LHR last night... nothing unsual was going usual security measures... i hope that for all the inconvinience it has caused for the travellors it is more than accurate.
Andrew, Sacramento, California
Why do so many people suspect the British and/or American governments of planning this attack on our own citizens in order to divert attention from of Lebanon? Is it so hard to believe that terrorists could actually be behind this?
Craig, Cleveland, OH
I pray that all people flying and families of fliers today remain calm, and understanding of the gravity of this situation.
Alarmism, and anger at airport and airline staff will only satisfy the terrorists and their cohorts, and be a dertiment to social order. We must remain vigilant, but fearless.
This alert is not an attempt to divert attention from Lebanon and the crisis there. How about the timing of Hezbollah's provocative attack during the beginning of the G8 crisis when the world's leaders should have been discussing the Iranian nuclear issue?
Your terrorism expert on today's program stated the oft-repeated assertion that "terrorists are more concerned with making you scared and creating a feeling of terror than they are concerned with actually killing people."
I believe this is nonsense. It is a position based entirely upon looking up the definition of the word terror and then assuming that those who are called "terrorists" work under that banner because that's their goal.
Unfortunately, terrorists didn't name themselves. "Terrorist" is a label attached to them by victems and critics. Any cursory examination of the rhetoric of these people and speaches recorded among their gatherings reveals that the intend to KILL people.
Charles from Salt Lake City, Utah
I feel nervous for my parents. They live in Maine and my step-mother is from England. They are vacationing in Spain and frequently travel accross the atlantic. I applaud the UK governemnt for their efforts. Yet, this alert reminds me of the determination and sophistication of the terrorists.
Vincenza in Virginia, USA
I, for one, am not surprised that the flights targeted were UK to US. After all, the Bush/Blair war in Iraq didn't win us any friends in the Muslim world.
Jeff, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
I arrived at the airport in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina at about 6 a.m. today only to learn I had to throw away all liquids in my luggage, including items I had purchased while on vacation. Only after going through security and arriving at my gate did I see CNN's coverage of the bomb plot. What a weird world where a foiled bombing in London means a guy travelling from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania has to throw away his barbecue sauce. But travelling without liquids or even having to check all luggage would be a pretty small price to pay for flying more securely in a dangerous world.
I live in Mauritius where Hindus, Muslims, Catholics and Buddhists all live in peace. I think that the failure of the integration of british muslims is due to the arrogance of your industrialised society.
Bilal from Kabul, Afghanistan
The security services in london did an amazing job, and we should be really proud of them. I wish my country had such security services.
Anonymous text from the Czech Republic
It's further proof that the so-called "war on terror" has been counter-productive.
Ian, Silver Spring, MD, USA
Once again we have given in to fear and significantly degraded the quality of life for millions. Terrorists win every time we curtail freedom and restrict liberty without them lifting a finger. Living life as normal is the bravest and most noble thing people can do in the face of fear, and it is the one thing that terrorists hate, it removes the teeth from their threats.
Jim, Wisconsin, USA
This is the worst type of propaganda that I have ever seen. It seems so timely to have it come up quite conveniently when Lebanon is being sadistically ravaged.
Some questions to consider:
1. Do you think that such "unstable" liquids could be smuggled on-board just like that? One would think, after 9-11, that the authorities were aware of such materials. So what is all the fuss about now?
2. If this plot is true, and I doubt it, it will be the reaction of people in the world seeing the carnage going on in Lebanon--with US/UK complicity--reacting. Such invasions usually spawn dissident groups, much in the way Hezbollah was formed.
Jacques from Boston
There must be something very wrong with Islam if its adepts continue to believe that killing innocent people is justifiable. I do not hear Islamic scholars testifying to the contrary in news papers and broadcasting. I am so glad I am catholic. My religion says any killing is a sin, and suicide will send you straight to hell. What a difference.
I plan to travel for a holiday in London in early September. I still plan to continue with my plans in spite of today’s developments. The odds are against any one plane’s being targeted, plus I find today’s developments encouraging in that the British police were able to foil the plot. Of course any developments such as these are sober reminders of how dangerous the world has become. But it is also encouraging in that the authorities are doing all that they can to protect us. We cannot live our lives on the terrorists’ terms—freedom to travel is very important and can only be defended by continuing to travel.
Soraiya, London / Vancouver
I flew from Heathrow yesterday avoiding the mayhem, but my sister is caught in the mess. Thank you, thank you British police for averting a total disaster.
I have two messages to send out. To the terrorists: You may be able to catch headlines with your action, but whatever message it is that you are trying to convey is being lost in the violence. There are other ways to make your voice heard, and I challenge you to rise above this inhumane and dispicable behaviour.
To George Bush: in response to your earlier statement (that the plot was a "stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom" ), Are you so deluded that you believe that these acts of violence are all about threatening American freedom? Either you are ignorant and completely unaware of the complexity of the situation, or you are deliberately feeding your masses the propaganda they need to hear in order to continue justifying your governments foreign policies, the "war on terror", and the billions of dollars you're spending on defence.