The head of MI5 has warned of 30 terrorist plots being investigated at this time. Over a thousand would-be terrorists are active. Britain, it seems, is under constant risk of attack. We should all be alert and ready to help out.
There is no doubt that there will be many more 7/7s before the threat is over. People will die in the future. Regardless how good our security services get, they need 100% successs, whereas the terrorist can be satisfied with one success in a hundred.
This said, we also live with another threat. The days of ideology appear to be over in the west, so politicians need something else to keep themselves in power. It appears they are using a politics of fear to achieve it. Watch them, as well as the terrorists.
© Anthony North, November 2006