No to fascist terror
Thursday 7 July 2005 will be a day that no decent
resident of London or the UK will forget. Less than 24 hours after we were
awarded the 2012 Olympics, a decision made partly because London is such a
multicultural and tolerant city, the heart of our capital has been ripped
apart by four bombs.
It seems likely that the bombings were the responsibility of Islamist
terrorists – religious fanatics who are nothing more than clerical fascists.
They preach the politics of hatred and are indiscriminate in their targets.
These cowardly bombings were an assault on innocent Londoners, Christian and
Hindu, Muslim and Jew, black, brown and white going about their daily
Those who say they were responsible are using the language of European
antisemitism when they talk of the "British Zionist Crusader government".
They cite the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq as their motives but they are
liars. They took the decision to bomb ordinary people in the city that held
the world's biggest anti-war demonstration because of their own twisted
hatred for democracy and for the idea that people of all cultures and faiths
can live harmoniously together.
In this they are every bit as evil as the Nazis of the British National
Party (BNP), an organisation that has also spawned terrorists. We should not
forget that the last lethal terror bombing in London was carried out by
David Copeland, a former member of the BNP. He told police on his arrest
that he hoped his actions would lead to a violent backlash and eventually a
The politics of Islamic fundamentalism are the politics of hate and
intolerance. This is the other side of the coin to the BNP and other Nazi
Only last year, a leading BNP officer said a terrorist bombing in London
would be good for the BNP. That is not the talk of a respectable or even a
normal political party.
As a result of today's detestable outrage, innocent Asians and people of the
Muslim faith will be targeted by racists, fuelled with propaganda from the
likes of the BNP.
London cannot tolerate pogroms and witch-hunts. We appeal to the trade union
movement – members of the RMT, ASLEF, the FBU and UNISON have been directly
affected by the attacks – to call, together with London mayor Ken
Livingstone, for a mass rally as soon as possible at which all Londoners can
express their disgust at terrorism and solidarity with their fellow citizens
under the slogan "London stands together against terrorism and hatred".