Re­ac­tion to ter­ror at­tack a credit to UK

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - COMMENT -

Yet again head­lines are be­ing dom­i­nated by a ter­ror­ist atroc­ity car­ried out on Bri­tish soil. The det­o­na­tion of a bomb on a packed Lon­don Un­der­ground train has all the hall­marks of the kinds of cow­ardly at­tacks car­ried out by groups such as ISIS.

As “ur­gent in­quiries” into the in­ci­dent be­gan, it was in­ter­est­ing to note the re­ac­tion of many lo­cal peo­ple.

Across West Lon­don there were re­ports of res­i­dents fas­ten­ing signs to their front doors, invit­ing any­one af­fected to come in if they needed any­thing rang­ing from a com­fort break to cups of tea and cof­fee.

One restau­rant laid on free pizza for emer­gency ser­vice work­ers, while oth­ers shared mo­bile phones as dis­traught rel­a­tives at­tempted to make con­tact with loved ones.

Such a re­ac­tion could not be more at odds with the be­hav­iour of those re­spon­si­ble for the bomb­ing.

While the per­pe­tra­tors at­tempt to spread fear and ha­tred, each fresh atroc­ity sparks a wave of com­pas­sion in the com­mu­ni­ties most in­ti­mately af­fected.

Last night Prime Min­is­ter Theresa May con­demned those re­spon­si­ble for the lat­est Lon­don at­tack, brand­ing them cow­ardly.

Her views are shared by all right-minded in­di­vid­u­als across the UK and in­deed fur­ther afield.

What­ever their sor­did in­ten­tions, those who in­tend to de­stroy our way of life by ped­dling hate will never tri­umph — love will con­tinue to de­feat fear.

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