We all need to be vig­i­lant in world that has changed

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS | TERROR ON THE TUBE -

THE ter­ror­ist in­ci­dent on a London un­der­ground train yes­ter­day is the lat­est in a long line of sim­i­lar at­tacks which are in­tended to cre­ate fear among the public, and to cause as much in­jury and dam­age as pos­si­ble.

Thank­fully, the lat­est ex­plo­sive de­vice failed to ig­nite prop­erly, and this un­doubt­edly saved lives and wide­spread in­jury, but it was a stark re­minder that the cur­rent high ter­ror threat level is jus­ti­fied. We in North­ern Ire­land, who have lived through decades of ter­ror­ism, know only too well the fear and un­cer­tainty that these in­ci­dents cre­ate, and our thoughts are with all those in London who were af­fected, and with their fam­i­lies and friends.

The Prime Min­is­ter was right to call a CO­BRA meet­ing, and to take all steps pos­si­ble to main­tain the high se­cu­rity level and to pur­sue all means pos­si­ble to track down the per­pe­tra­tors of this vi­o­lence and to bring them to jus­tice as swiftly as pos­si­ble.

She was also right to ad­mon­ish Pres­i­dent Trump for a Twit­ter mes­sage that sug­gests he may be mak­ing public some in­tel­li­gence de­tails which would be bet­ter kept to him­self.

Mean­while, in­ten­sive in­ves­ti­ga­tions are tak­ing place to find those re­spon­si­ble for yes­ter­day’s London at­tack, and their back­ground hope­fully will be­come more clear in the near fu­ture.

The only con­so­la­tion at present is the fact that no-one was killed or in­jured yes­ter­day, com­pared to the wide­spread deaths and carnage in other ter­ror­ist at­tacks in London, Manch­ester, Paris, Spain and else­where.

The grim re­al­ity is that ter­ror­ism is not “out there” but in our midst. The ut­most vig­i­lance is re­quired from the public, as well as strong sup­port for the po­lice.

The price of peace is con­stant vig­i­lance, from all of us. The world has changed, and no­body is to­tally safe to­day.

In the face of such threats, we must not lose our nerve, but in­stead con­front evil in all its forms.

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