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Acts of terror asked users to share their thoughts about how the London bombings have affected them. Here is a sampling from the responses, some of which have been edited:

Amidst the global outcry against continued terrorist attacks, there seems to me to be one voice always missing. Where is the singular, leading representative of peaceful Islam and why is he not center-stage, standing strong against the likes of bin Laden, al-Zawahiri, and al-Zarqawi? The world needs a face with which to associate true Islam -- and not just the menacing images of those who have "hijacked" their religion. Tom Cahill, New Haven, Connecticut

I was lucky enough to pass through King's Cross on Thursday morning at 8:30 not knowing what was going to happen and it still sends a shiver up my spine to know how lucky I am, but I will still be going to work on the subway and taking the bus. Paul Empty, London, United Kingdom

As an Arab, a Muslim and most of all a regular person on the street, I'm deeply ashamed of the actions of so-called "Muslims" who are the greatest enemy of Islam. My heart goes out to all victims and their loved ones, May God bless them with faith and strength to endure a new kind of future. Ahmed Ashour, Cairo, Egypt

I was working in London as usual Thursday, even as everything was occurring there wasn't one moment that I felt unsafe. London is stronger than any amount of terrorists. One act of cowardice wont prevent myself or any other Londoner leading a normal life. They can bomb us every day of every week but we will continue to work and live freely. Sam Davies, London, United Kingdom

The people of London are showing the world how to deal with terrorism. Wake up the next morning. Go to work. Come home. Go to sleep. Continue with your life so that these ignorant, hateful, cowardly people, don't succeed in their endeavors. Plain and simple. The loss of life in various terrorist bombings in the past four years is tragic. But we as an educated, compassionate, and peace-loving people, respect dialogue over violence. This is the new world order. Robert Baumgarten, Ontario, Canada

We have plans to go London for a holiday in less than a week. Canceling is not a consideration. We are not terrified. We are angry at yet another brutal terrorist attack against innocent men, women and children. One of the most important things we can do as individuals is not be intimidated. Diane James, Key Largo, Florida

Thursday was my day off. These cowards that kill and maim my fellow Londoners will surely get their just reward. I'll return to -- we will join together to defeat these cowards. Long live London and let us pray for tolerance of all innocent people trying to live a decent life. I'm not going to let these people affect my life. Condolences to all those people who have died and the loved ones left in such despair. Mike, London, United Kingdom

As much as I am appalled by the terrorist attacks on the London people, I am more in awe and admiration of their resiliency and commitment to each other. Someday I hope the human race will find another way to solve its problems other than by acts of war and terrorism. Until that time, when tragedies such as this occur, we would do well to remember the way that the Londoners, and the others before them, have handled such brutal attacks on their people. Reagen Thalacker, Fargo, North Dakota

I'm from Madrid. Last Thursday we had that horrible feeling again. Seeing our brothers in London coming out from the subway, we cried again, we felt deep pain again. But they know we're together. We're stronger now. They know they will never win us. Guillermo Ramos, Madrid, Spain

On Wednesday afternoon I watched with a smile as a jubilant London received the Olympic nod. I can't help but wonder if some of the same people I viewed Wednesday were caught up in the horror of Thursday morning. After 9/11, I felt comforted knowing that other countries such as England stood by us. We extend that same comfort to you now. You are in our hearts and prayers. Karen Moore, Secane, Pennsylvania

As a Muslim who has lived in Canada most of his life, I am outraged and condemn the recent terrorist attacks in London as they are crimes against humanity. The Holy Qur`an teaches us that "Whoever kills a human is as if he has killed all humankind: and if he saves a human life, it is as if he has saved the lives of all humankind" Qur`an 5:32. I condemn the abuse of religion by fanatics whose sole purpose is to cause and spread hatred. They are not representatives of Islam and must be condemned and punished as well as thrown outside the fold of Islam once and for all. The same people are also killing the innocent civilians in Iraq by the dozen every day, and everywhere else. They have no sense of morality and are simply evil-doers. Anjum Jaleel; Ontario, Canada

My thoughts and prayers go out to the families of lost ones and all that have been affected by this horrible crime. Having witnessed what happened September 11, 2001 in New York I know how difficult it is to see so many lives gone to such cruel and horrible crimes. We are praying for you. Betsy Mercado; New York

As an American student studying in London pre-9/11, I took the tube from the Edgware Road station every day for five months. I am incredibly shocked and angered by these attacks, as I feel a personal connection with the city. In fact, I have been looking forward to my first visit to London since I spent a semester there in 2000, scheduled for the end of July. I am still intent on visiting the city, because I believe that if I do not, these barbarous terrorists will have won. The people of London are in my thoughts and prayers, and we stand with them. Lori Delaney; Chicago, Illinois

The meaning of this dreadful act becomes even more fiendish when one considers the timing -- the bombs went off at about the same time the planes hit the WTC on 9/11. As one who works directly across the street from Ground Zero and was one of the lucky ones that day, and who has also lived and worked in London, my thoughts and prayers are with the people of London and the UK. Our cities, New York and London, are bound together through a bond of courage in an awful fraternity in which no one wants to be a member. May God protect us and save us, and may we always remember not to lose our humanity in the face of this terror, whose very aim is to strip us of our humanity. Damian; Montclair, New Jersey

Luckily, I overslept Thursday morning and consequently wasn't able to make my journey via King's Cross station, just two miles from my home. Originally from the North of England, I've lived in London for 14 years. In the past couple of days I've been talking to friends and neighbors, and other people's stories on the local radio station. I am so proud to be a Londoner. We dealt with the attack, the emergency services were superb, and we all just quietly picked ourselves up and got on with life again. Londoners, of all backgrounds, are now a much more united community and we will not be bullied and divided. J.H., London, United Kingdom

I would like to extend my sympathies to the families affected by these cowardly, inhumane acts of terror. Full credit to the people of London for handling it so calmly and going forward with their lives. It is very important to show these cowards that violence is never a solution. As recently said by Prime Minister Tony Blair, the root causes of these violent behavior has to be addressed. Mohammed Ali; Ridgefield, Connecticut

I live 150 yards from the site of the bus explosion and a five-minute walk King's Cross station. I heard the bus explosion and stayed put. It's ironic that 50 meters from the site of the bomb in a nearby park is a small statue of Gandhi, which is a symbol of peace. Andrew M.; London, United Kingdom

One Englishman's opinion of the bombing of London -- A quote from Winston Churchill: "Our foes may rain down terror and destruction upon us, but London is strong. London can take it. Let our enemies do their worst. But woe betide them ... for we shall do our best!" John Elliot; Sydney, Australia

I have great confidence that the British government will not resort to a "Guantanamo Bay" response to what has happened in their great capital. I know the British people, and especially Londoners, will rise in the face of adversity and hardships with great resilience, strength and dignity as they so gallantly are doing at the moment. To Londoners, the civilized peoples of the world are today not standing behind you, but standing side by side with you. Ed Ngo, Philippines

My sincere condolences to the people of London and the UK. I was in London for the first time one month ago. I rode your tube trains and sat beside you on buses. I spent my last afternoon in the Cabinet War Rooms and left there full of respect for your resiliency and remarkable strength. As a New Yorker, I understand some of challenges ahead of you. I have no doubt these same qualities will see you through this awful time. My heart is with you. Mary; New York

I was on my way to work in central London when the terrorist attacks occurred. All I can say is that the people of London acted in the most respectful/mature/calm way possible. I feel that all of the commuters were very concerned about their fellow countrymen but at the same time they were not about to change their lives because of cowardly terrorist actions. Most people went about business as usual (not to say those hurt in the blasts were not in our hearts.) Us Americans in London are very shaken up, but our sympathy is skin deep compared to that of the British towards their own kin. Steven Brown; London, United Kingdom.

I've had enough of violence. This Jihad should end -- enough is enough! The terrorists won't scare us and won't stop us of living a happy and healthy life in Europe and all over the World. They will never win, their game is over -- they are the weakest link. Cynthia Cox; Athlone, Ireland

I congratulate Londoners and encourage them to keep up the Churchill-like spirit and stay defiant against threats of any kind. This happened after World War II and the residents' brave attitude has been noticed by all the television channels. Firozali A. Mulla; Dar-Es-Salaam, Tanzania

We must openly take a stand against terrorism. What happened in London is very sad. Those behind such acts are criminals. Killing innocent people is a crime. Terrorism in all its forms should be condemned. We need to reject the killings in Iraq, Afghanistan, New York and London. Islam is a religion of peace. Yasneen; Liverpool, United Kingdom

London has more or less returned to its routine two days after the cowardly murders. It is a testament to the stoicism of the British people and particularly, Londoners, that we will not be cowered by the acts of cowards. David Hassan; London, United Kingdom

Seeing photos of the missing today, I couldn't hold back tears. This is so unfair, to kill wonderful, innocent people, students, workers, mums and dads on their way to work. Especially when it's supposed to be done in the name of God. My thoughts are with the victims' families and I wish to praise Londoners, who were so calm and organized in the face of tragedy. Bogdan Honciuc; Bucharest, Romania

I work in a small coffee shop where it gets extremely busy in the mornings. When the first reports came in everyone stopped what they were doing customers stopped talking and ordering and we turned the news up to hear it. An eerie silence is always bad 9/11 was terrible to listen about to have it even closer to home is just plain scary. Donna, Nottingham; United Kingdom

While in London in spring 2002, I lived on Upper Woburn right by Tavistock Garden, the scene of the bus bombing. While living in the Bloomsbury area, I came to consider London as much my home as the U.S. My thoughts and prayers are with my "other home," her people, the victims and their families, as well as the Arab and Muslim people around the world who suffer unjustly due to the actions of a few radicals. Leah; Louisville, Kentucky

I'm a Syrian Muslim and spent the best 10 years of my life in London. This act of terror shocked me -- I say to those so-called "Muslims" who carried out this crime that they are only a bunch of murderers who are rejected by the Muslim & Arab worlds. I send my sincere condolences to the victims and their families and I hope that Londoners will pass this experience with more strength. Moe; Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

My warmest thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to the people of Great Britain. This cowardly act will not deter you or us. My husband and I will visit England in October just as we have planned. Kay Ransom

What nation do the terrorists represent? What nation are the terrorist trying to overthrow? What do the terrorists want? I really don't know, is it clearly written out somewhere? All I see is senseless death and destruction. Londoners, I am so sorry that they've victimized you, your loved ones, and your beautiful city -- and for what? Ellen; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

I fly into London Saturday evening, and despite everything that has happened, I refuse to allow alleged terrorists to ruin my plans. If my family and I were to surrender our plans we would allow these brutal killers the satisfaction that they seek. This is a compromise I am unwilling to make. As the queen suggests, I will not allow these acts to change my way of life. Taylor Fijan; Phoenix, Arizona

As an American in London, eerie memories of 9/11 were brought up. The key difference was the reaction of the British -- no-one began weeping, calls were made to loved ones to make sure they were safe, and then life was resumed. It was strangely similar to the old newsreels we see about the blitz. During the evening, rather than evacuate London, the pubs were full, and people were back at work the following day. It was a fantastic testament to an amazingly resilient country. Chad Shiver; London

I have just returned from a school trip from Europe. There were 39 kids and five adults touring London, Paris and Barcelona. We were in London for three days and had used the tube stations quite frequently throughout the day. We had been in two of the stations that were bombed. If we stayed in Europe a bit longer, we could have been a part of this tragedy. I pray for everyone in London and anyone that knows someone in London. Steph Mahle; Pennsylvania

I am warmed to hear how Londoners are reacting to this sickening and totally cowardly act against innocents. I travel to London often and will continue to do so. It's too bad our President; George W. Bush doesn't view this as a wake-up to fight this evil rather than a war he started so far away from home. Steve Keezer; San Diego, California

This was an act of malicious cowardice and my prayers go out to the injured, the dead and their loved ones. The United States and Great Britain will never stop striving towards peace and freedom, that endeavor will outlast all evil as long as we all live. Patrick Warchol; Edgewood, New Mexico

I send my most sincere condolences to the British people. England is a beautiful country with the kindest of people, may God be with you and I am so delighted to see after such a rough day how united and strong you English people are as a nation. Jackie; Guatemala

Our hearts goes out to all the people of London. Let us put the blame on the terrorist not presidents, G8, religion, etc. Terrorists are like two-year-olds having temper tantrums, it is all about power and control. How can we deal with the new world temper tantrums of a few radicals? They prefer to kill rather than present an agenda. We all have choices they choose to destroy we choose to build. Our world may not be perfect but we love our freedoms and our rights to choose. May God Bless all of you and your loved ones especially those who will not be returning home to you. Barbara Yee; Colon, Panama

Myself and my wife are English and have lived in Alaska for a year. We watched in horror as the London bombing unfolded on TV in the early hours. We would like to express our support for the mayor and people of London, and a huge thank you to the support the U.S. public have shown. We were also made to feel so proud to be English to watch the resilience and true "stiff upper lip" attitude that the London public showed, as they stood up to terrorism by being determined to go about their daily lives as normal. This is a typical "never say die" attitude that England has always shown throughout the hardships of both world wars, the IRA bombings and even in everyday lives. This shows that all that terrorism has achieved is that it has brought people closer together and more united. The terrorists will quickly realize that if the entire Nazi army could not make England fall, that a small group of pathetic and warped people will never ever touch us. God save our queen and God bless America.
Mark; Fairbanks, Alaska

While I am not all that happy with our present political methods, it does not justify random acts like this. I hope it will drive more people to come out 100 percent against these groups. London will come through this as they are stronger than those who did this. They don't call it Great Britain for nothing.
Scott Files; Gorham, Maine

My heart truly goes out to the people of London and Great Britain. As the wife of a NYC firefighter I can certainly sympathize with them. Seeing the pictures and hearing the news reports leads me back to a time when I was uncertain of my own husband's future. It's a shame that the world has come to this and that people feel that hurting innocent people is justified in order to get your point across. I can only hope that the people of London and Great Britain can get past this as we did. You never forget and I guess you never truly get past the terror, horror and sick feeling, but you do move on. You move on to a better place -- we did. I only pray for the young people, like my 4-month-old son who have no idea what they have been born into. God Bless.
Christine; Staten Island, New York

The atmosphere of the nation over the past two days started off with one of success and invincibility with the win of the 2012 Olympic bid. We were soon brought to our knees when news of the cover story reached the public. Many saw through it and immediately expected the worst. These rumors of a terrorist attack were finally confirmed when the number 30 bus exploded. At no point did people panic. The police were quick on the scene and armed divisions were reassuring people. The atmosphere then turned from shock and horror into patriotism and defiance against those who strike the innocent. It can be said that our Kingdom stood United in the face of terror.
Robert Marshall; Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom

I work around the corner from Aldgate and yesterday was surreal, but I am so proud of our emergency services, transport workers and all Londoners. If the terrorists thought they would put fear into us, they are sadly mistaken. Today I went to work as usual and all my colleagues were there. If you allow yourself to be cowed by these despicable acts then you will live your life in fear. I refuse to live that way and it is obvious most of London thinks the same way. Al Qaeda terrorists? Bunch of cowardly muppets, if you ask me. If they want to fight their cause, stand up and show your faces, don't hide behind these cowardly acts. My thanks to all around the globe who are supporting us in our time of grief.
Rebecca Hunter; London, United Kingdom

We are praying for the victims and their families. May God be with them. We pray in a special way for the ones who lost their lives. May their souls rest in peace and may God always be with their families. We shall all strive to stop terrorism. If the whole world is united and fights together, I am sure we will achieve our goals.
Rubina; Mumbai, India

My family and I moved to London two weeks before 9/11 and lived there for three years and recently moved back to the United States. We knew that London was a ripe target for terrorist strikes as did all of the those who live in that grand city. Despite our shock at the WTC attacks, the British taught us how to survive such horrors by expressing a graceful sympathy and a strong show of support. Their history with strikes has taught them how to pick up and to carry on, with heads held high. As Americans and allies we show them the same compassion and support that they gave to us in our time of need. I am sure the Brits will resolve to live their lives with even more joy and reverence than before as an answer to such demonic acts.
Angela Knoll; Leesburg, Virginia

I am English and have lived and worked in Berlin for four years but I have never felt so close to or so proud of my country of birth. I am not religious, but I prayed for all the good decent honest people killed and hurt yesterday and for their families, friends and loved ones. A previous e-mail said the perpetrators do not deserve the honorific of terrorist but should be labeled murderers, I disagree as they are scum and can only ever be considered as such. Best wishes to all in England and especially London.
Kevin Williams; Berlin, Germany

As a Londoner we all expected that this day would come. We didn't know, when, where, or how but we were sure it would come. And now that it has it has made London even stronger. The emergency plans that were planned and rehearsed for this day were executed with flawless precision. Preparation was key and Londoners were ready.
Roy; London, United Kingdom

I am an American living in London, and was down in the city center when it happened. I have to say that I applaud London's emergency services. They took control of a horrific situation with such strength. We were all united even a little bit more yesterday, and helped each other more than you would have thought. I am proud to live in this city and proud of Londoners' resolve not to let cowardly acts deter their daily lives. This was meant to make us weaker in London, but it failed, it only made us all stronger and more united as a city and as a community.
Sara; London, United Kingdom

I am an Egyptian Muslim girl and I want to send the British people my sincere condolences. I hope the attackers will be captured and punished as soon as possible and I also pray that meanwhile innocent people will not have to suffer from skepticism and suspicion.
Yomna Ghoneim; Alexandria, Egypt

Although I am only 13 years old, this attack has truly saddened me. I love England more than anything else in the world, and to see someone do that to her makes me just shiver. Thank God my relatives in Surrey are safe. I also have a few relatives who are police and are currently researching this incident. I cannot believe this has happened and all I can do is try and stand strong. They think they can knock us down, but we are stronger then that.
Rudi Thomas; Toronto, Canada

The sad thing about this world is that people who have no sense of what is right and what is wrong ruin the lives of others. Intimidation, horror and ultimately death. We shouldn't have to be afraid to step into a tube to go to work or visit a friend. We shouldn't have to raise our children seeing and hearing about terror. People, stop the killing. Please!
Mikko Kokko; Pori, Finland

I live and work in south London -- thank God none of my family was hurt. My office is near a major hospital and all day I could hear sirens screaming, coming closer and closer, then past the office all racing towards central London. Fire engines, police and of course ambulances. It seemed never ending -- the sounds still haunt me. All the emergency services performed magnificently and without fuss or drama. What fantastic people they all are -- they deserve all our love and respect. I saw 9/11 unfold live on CNN here and cried. I cried again yesterday. Now I feel anger and pride. We shall all stand together.
Paul James; London, United Kingdom

I think it's only a matter of time before it happens here in the U.S. A few weeks after 9/11 I was riding home in packed subway train in Washington D.C. and I thought, "What am I doing? If something happened I'd never make it out alive." Since then, I avoid the huge transfer points in the Metro system during rush hour where thousands of commuters change lines. I have to go somewhat out of my way but better that than dead.
Mary O'Rourke; Washington D.C.

I couldn't believe my ears when I heard President Bush speaking from the G8 summit about the London bombings and how he had spoken to the "security folks back home." I thought he was going to say that he'd told them to cooperate fully with UK security services. Instead we heard how he'd told Americans to be especially vigilant. As someone whose partner works two minutes from the site of the bus blast I was more concerned about the people in this country. It is further evidence of the callous self-interest that I've come to expect from this administration and, in particular, this president. I do not understand how things are ever going to change in the world if national self-interest is put before the collective greater good.
Jo; London, UK

The hearts of all Londoners go out today to the families and friends of those tragically caught up in yesterday's events, but there is a great sense of pride in London in not being fazed by anything which life throws at us. Terrorists managed to destroy a few square meters of the city but the rest of London in still here and is as beautiful and vibrant as always. Buckingham Palace is not lying in ruins, and Big Ben has not collapsed into the Thames. London's buses and trains are still running and they are as full and crowded and bustling today as they always are. I would like to say to anybody who was planning a visit to London this summer that the most important thing that you can do is not to change your plans. If you are afraid then just keep in mind that statistically you are probably more likely to be run over by a London bus than to be blown up on one.
Jo Wiltshire; London, UK

Whose cause does this outrage advance? How does this mindless act resolve any of the so-called ills of the world? This is madness, it is to be condemned in its entirety, it is hate driven, un-divine, evil and flowered from hearts as black as night. The world must come together to seek and destroy these inhuman harbingers of death and destruction.
Fola Arthur-Worrey; Lagos, Nigeria

Yesterday's attacks on innocent Londoners have left me frightened. Not for my personal safety as the attacks are coming ever closer to my own home. But for the effect it might have on peoples' state of mind. We must not forget these terrorists do not represent Islam as a whole. We should therefore judge them as individuals rather than by adding more fuel to the fire of religious paranoia and hatred. I will fly to London again this summer and use the tube and buses as always. If the disruption of everyday life is the effect they aim to achieve they will never succeed. Like London, Amsterdam will not be terrorized.
Jelger Schotten; Amsterdam, Netherlands

I was sat at my desk which is situated opposite Liverpool Station when the initial reports of a "power surge" on the Underground filtered through. Soon our bomb alert system started ringing and we were all told to move to the middle of the room away from the windows to take shelter. We sat like this from 09:30 till 14:00 when we were allowed to exit onto the eerie streets outside. The mood was quiet yet people were very calm and you felt an air of solidarity among us all. I truly hope no one ever has to experience this again as it is frightening. We must not let these barbaric people succeed. If anything, it has united the world and made us even stronger which is the key to eventually defeating these cowards.
Peter; London, United Kingdom

First and foremost, I sympathize with the family of the victims. It is a bad day in the history of the world. I believe it is high time the United States and other countries in the world came together to launch a war against terrorists in every continent.
Yinka Williams; Lagos, Nigeria

If any good has come out of the bombings, it's that I think it did the opposite of what the terrorists may have been trying to do. I think the bombings did more to unite people of all countries. Until we can do something to change the way terrorists value life itself, we will continue to have to put up with their existence.
Shirley B, Gibsonia; Pennsylvania

Here in Spain we had the same terrorist attack in Madrid. And the only thing I hope for you is that politicians in your country don't do what they have done here in Spain. Well, here there was an election day three days after the bombs, but please stay together, stay united as a nation and think that democracy is the best way of living together. Today is a day to remember Churchill speeches, like the one that said "blood, sweat and tears." Remember that here in Spain we are with you together, forever.
Mariano Sardina; Castellon, Spain

Unless you were at the scene of one of the attacks, London was a very calm place yesterday. The emergency services were well-prepared and handled the situation with excellence. It's very sad for those that have died; their friends and families. We've had worse in the UK: the Battle of Britain, the IRA bombing campaign and the Lockerbie attack. We're resilient, and terrorism won't scare us from a way of life that has been established over a thousand years. Today, apart from thoughts for yesterday's victims (and a few transport problems) it's business as usual.
Tim Holland; London, United Kingdom

It is time for careful, determined and apolitical analysis of our president, George Bush, whose war in Iraq prevents us from fighting the war on terror. Connecting the two wars is false. How very sad.
Lawrence Katz; Evansville, Indiana

I wonder if these attacks would have happened at all if we had actually been fighting terrorism instead of being bogged down in Iraq creating hundreds of new terrorists
David; Centerville, Ohio

I would like to express my sadness and sorrow for what happened in London. As a proud citizen and resident of EU I am shocked by these attacks. London to Europeans is the same as NY to Americans. I send my support to all people of London. We must protect our freedom. My thoughts are with all those that were somehow hit by these bloody attacks. May God bless London and its people.
Jozef; Bratislava, Slovakia

As most of us would agree, fighting a terrorist is like fighting a dead man, or at least a man who doesn't care for his life. I live in India and have seen two major terrorism issues solved in my lifetime. One is the Sikh terrorism issue and other is the Assamese terrorism issue. Both were solved with a change of heart and by addressing the core concerns of terrorists. I think it is high time that Bush and Blair realize that it is useless to kill people in Iraq and Afghanistan and understand and accept the fact that "force cannot solve everything."
Abhiram Modak; Pune, India

A shameful act committed by a handful of crazy fundamentalists. They are trying to hijack Islam with their radical ideas but they will never be successful. I sincerely hope tragedies like those stop happening and we all live in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with those who have suffered.
Ahmad Jawad; Detroit, Michigan

A tragic event which was best described by the mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, as a deliberate mass murder of innocent people of all colors, creed and religion who were only going about their normal daily lives in London. Let us trust that the guilty persons are swiftly brought to justice. Terrorism unfortunately will never be eradicated -- after all, wars have never disappeared. But what never ceases to puzzle me is why is it not possible to have a more effective approach to restricting public access to materials which are used to construct the bombs that these animals use to murder innocent people around the globe.
Ron Sketcher; Cologne, Germany

My husband and I were in England visiting relatives during 9/11 and, although we were scared, the British people rallied around the American people and supported us through it all. They even let us stay in our hotel three days extra free of charge. My heart goes out to the British people and what they are going through. I love England and will continue to go back for visits. They are wonderful people and have big hearts and they will need our support and prayers at this time.
Rose Savage; Fort Worth, Texas

Our hearts go out to the people of London who have suffered at the hands of terrorists but who will rise above this tragedy as did their parents and grandparents who withstood the ravages of another enemy of humanity during World War II.
Max Sloane; Kennewick, Washington

It reminds us all of 9/11 -- the needless death and destruction. Our hearts and prayers go out to all the people of London. Whoever did this should be brought to justice swiftly.
Lisa; Gaithersburg, Maryland

I have lived in London all my life. I had a sickeningly worrying few hours waiting to hear from my husband, who takes the tube at King's Cross. I'm thankful he was fine and made it out. There was an awful feeling of deja vu from the KC fire disaster all those years back and the streets of London felt very much the way they did when the IRA attacked over so many years. The attitude of Londoners is as it was then -- carry on as normal in the face of terrorism. The emergency services worked tirelessly and put many years of experience into practice again -- we are all very very proud of them. We are also very grateful for the outpouring of sympathy from you all and stand resolute as the news unfolds.
Alison Gomes; London, UK

I am a child of the 60s when peace and love were the message of the time. It is now time for all citizens of the world to band together and take action against those who cloak themselves in fanaticism and call it religion. There is no God or Allah or any other higher being who would condone the senseless murder of innocents. We need to put petty issues behind us and move forward for a better world. To the people of London... as always you persevere with dignity and strength. Bless all of you.
Connie Polomski; Windham, Maine

I'm just devastated for the people of London and England. We suffered the wrath of these terrorists four years ago, and it's hateful that one day in the history of a country has to be remembered as "9/11" or "7/7". My heart, thoughts and prayers are with them. They rallied around us in our time of need; we should and need to return the support and caring.
Michele Larson; Raleigh, North Carolina

The root cause of all "Terror" is the failure of the world leaders (G8) to solve poverty, unemployment and health issues. The industrialized countries have neglected and failed to pay attention to the outcry of those who suffer. More bombings will surely follow until the G8 are doing something constructive to solve these lingering problems.
Armin Baur; Litchfield, Connecticut

The bombs of Hitler did not defeat us in 39-45, the cowardly bombings of the IRA did not defeat us and the cowards who bombed the transport system WILL NOT defeat us! We will find those responsible and bring them to justice! My thoughts and prayers to those who lost loved ones and to those injured.
Judy Wallis; Plymouth, UK

I feel angered by this cowardly act. My condolences to the families that lost a loved one in this terrible tragedy. But I think whoever carried out this terrible act severely underestimated the resolve of the British people. They are trying to intimidate a nation that stood alone in the darkest hours of WWII, when Hitler was just on the French side of the English Channel. It's very unlikely that the proud and brave people of the United Kingdom will yield to terrorism.
Daniel; Texas

I was in a train station when heard the news about a terrible attack in London. Everybody was shocked by the shameful attacks by the terrorists. It is now certain that Britain will use full military force against terrorism, and it is necessary .They must find the terrorists and punish them.
Bikal Dhungel; Frankfurt, Germany

My wife has traveled into London today and fully intends to use the Underground as usual. You see, these terrorists fail to understand that London has suffered acts of terror of one kind or another since the Blitz where we lost 25,000 in a year and nothing has dimmed her spirit or stopped her beating heart. Thanks U.S. for your thoughts.
Stephen Pearce; Chatham, UK

Truly devastating. I cannot believe this is happening, it is just like 9/11 all over again. My heart aches for the families that have lost loved ones today. This is just a brutal reminder that this could soon be a horrific reality in major cities in Canada if these barbaric acts are not stopped. I work at a major hospital in Toronto, and we are training for emergencies like this, I can only hope and pray that this is one skill we will never have to use.
Kerry Smith; Bowmanville, Ontario

As expected, the London bombings once again elicited the sadness, exasperation, and compassion that I felt for the victims of 9/11. In general my reaction is probably the same as everyone else's: disbelief, shock, and horror. There is a feeling of helplessness, combined with a desire to present a united front. I can only hope that the U.S., as well as other countries around the world, will come together and help to aid and comfort those in the UK, who have all suffered as a result of this tragedy.
Danni Malone; Chapel Hill, North Carolina

It's sad to think that there are people out there who are bent on hurting and killing others. I would like to let the people of London know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. London is a great city, and my plans to go in 2006 have not changed. I'm not going to let some cowardly jerks frighten me. May God bless all of people of London!
Kathy Norris; Clearwater, Florida

If you walked through London yesterday, you would have been surrounded by screams of joy and laughter and songs of jubilation because of the surprise win of the Olympic bid. This evening as you walk through London there is an eerie silence; the only noise that can be heard is the putter of footsteps on the sidewalk as hundreds of commuters try to make their way home. Somewhere along the way the screams remain, but this time they are screams of pain; screams of sorrow, screams of anger and screams of anguish for those who have lost their lives and those who were injured when all they wanted to do was to get to work this morning.
Stella M.; London, United Kingdom

We utterly condemn those atrocities. We condemn those responsible. Islam is a peaceful religion and it teaches peace. Those who are responsible must be brought to justice, no matter what religion or what country they belong to. Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those who have suffered in this atrocity. We the Scottish Muslims stand United and our prayers are with the families and friends of those who have been killed and all those injured in this atrocity. We appeal to the authorities that those who are responsible must be brought to justice.
Tahir Mohammed; Glasgow, Scotland

We must not and cannot yield to the likes who caused today's events in London. The bully doesn't stop bullying because you go away and hide or turn the other cheek. They carry on bullying. And terrorism wont decline if we all withdraw into our shell, it will increase. It will not go away if we become pacifists. You cannot negotiate with these people with extremist ideals. Stand firm and stand together.
Paul, Leicester; United Kingdom

I am a Scottish police officer currently working at the G8 summit at Gleneagles, Perthshire. Over the past two days, police and protesters were enemies -- today, we stood together, side by side, in a unique and stunned silence as we learned of the tragic events unfolding in London, both sides praying for those involved. We must not yield to the cowards who carried out these appalling attacks.
Stuart McKenzie; Perth, United Kingdom

I think these attacks are horrific. There is no place for terrorists in a modern society. I am planning to visit the UK and London in the fall. My plans have not changed. If they were, the terrorists would win. People everywhere should condemn these acts.
Ron Kivett; Lincoln, Nebraska

This is a terrible act against humans in general and against all Muslims around the world. We condemn this act of terrorism and we hope it will stop forever and people all over the world live in peace.
Abed El Masri; Al Ain, United Arab Emirates

What happened today in London is just to show how dangerous an ideology of hatred is. That is why we must be united more than ever and determined to support our troops in the non-easy effort to fight and destroy terrorism in the Middle East. What happened today in London can happen to any of us regardless of political party, race or even religion. Let's show the enemy that we are resolute.
Arnaldo Prieto Avalo; Phoenix, Arizona

It was never a question of "if?," just a question of "when?" Thankfully, our emergency and security forces learnt a great deal from 9/11, and reacted -- fast. James; London, United Kingdom

It is a real pity and tragedy what has occurred today in London. We Love London. It is a wonderful spot in the world. We, the Spaniards, feel very sorry for what happened today. A sincere and very warm salute to the UK from all of us here in Spain.
Juan Jose Arenas Alvarez; Santander, Spain

I'm a 20-year-old college student and this past February a group from DMACC College took a study abroad program that was based in London. It was so frightening to see pictures on the TV that had become so familiar to us. We were based at the University of London and six of us out of our group (including myself) took the Piccadilly tube line to Russell Square. It was so unreal to see that tube station as one of the stations that was hit. My roommate and I traveled on that tube line between 8:20 and 8:50 -- almost right before the train was hit. My heart goes out to all those people that were in the blast and the people of London. London has strong people in that city. My grandmother was from London and I couldn't be more proud to be an American and to have British blood in me!
Erin Bradley; Boone, Iowa

I first heard of the London bombings in the middle of the night from my husband. I thought it very strange that the bombers wanted to coincide their acts with the first day of the G8, when its agenda is to help solve the problems in the world; to help curb poverty and AIDS in the world and to minimize pollution. The G8 leaders are thinking of solutions to problems, and these terrorists are killing innocent people. There's no logic or heart with this kind of act/barbarism. ... People should not live in fear. Fear must be conquered. Yes, we must be vigilant, but we must also continue to enjoy life. In times like these, we should remind ourselves, that these acts are done by a very small minority of people. We should not be jaded.
C.R. Miranda; Pasadena, California

Despite the horrific and tragic incidents this morning, I think that the terrorists have failed to terrorize the British public. The trains and buses that are still running are being used. The people in central London at the time of the bombs reacted in a calm and helpful way, maybe even in some cases risking lives to help strangers.
AB; Manchester, United Kingdom

I'm 17 years old and currently studying at school. When we had heard that bombs had gone off in London, there was a great sadness and sympathy for all the people caught up in these inexcusable attacks on civilians. There was also a large number of students at my school who were worried about parents or family who work in London, myself included, as my dad is a London taxi driver. I've just heard on our news how the terrorists think that we are scared and frightened. I'm not sure what has been said on your news network, but I wanted to put one thing straight, we are not scared of these cowardly people who would choose to attack innocent men and women. And from my whole school, I can tell you that we are standing as one and even more determined to put a stop to terrorism.
Jack Poole; London, United Kingdom

I'd just like to send my prayers and condolences to the citizens of the UK. I'm so sorry you had to experience this horror. Looking at the images of people walking out of the subway and trying to find a way home, reminded be very strongly of 9/11. I've even seen Web sites up listed as "7/7" and it brings back all those awful memories. I wish our country was actually making an effort to go after these terrorists instead of waging a war on people not involved. Again, I am so sorry to everyone and my prayers are with you all.
Jennifer Murphy; Albany, New York

I am very proud that we dealt with the incidents as well as we did. The police, fire and NHS Hospitals and ambulances worked seamlessly thanks to good planning. It looked like they were prepared for thousands but thank goodness it was not. I hope the country can get some assurance that at least we are prepared. People are also determined to carry on as normal and not let it affect their day. I don't believe the terrorists achieved their goals as we are more determined to beat them now.
Matt; London, United Kingdom

I woke up to horror. It was like 9/11 all over again. I was just sickened to my stomach. I had the TV on all day, and spent the day phoning family and friends to make sure everybody was safe. It sickens me that anybody could do this to anybody. Pray that everyone is safe.
Erika Brown; Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

I was looking forward to reading the update on the G8 summit, instead I read the horrific news of the bombings. We should not be intimidated by these dastardly terrorist attacks. Instead we, as citizens of a peaceful world, should fight terrorism in our own way by being more alert in identifying and reporting unidentified objects in public places, as well as reporting suspicious activities by fellow passengers/neighbors. I have traveled in the London subways and can only imagine the nightmarish experience the passengers must have had in the Underground network when the bombs exploded. I fully empathize with the victims and their families. May God bless them.
Geetha Ramachandran; Nashville, Tennessee

Our London mayor, Ken Livingstone, may not be the most popular person in town, but his "You will fail" speech will endear him to all Londoners. It's also a message that any city in the world can send out to terrorism and its hate. It's a message of love of freedom and of free choice. The terrorists' own hate will destroy them.
Mick; London, United Kingdom

I have nothing but admiration for the job that the London Emergency services have done on this fateful day. What ever the terrorists planned, it did not, has not, and will not ever anywhere around the world overcome the determination of a free people. On our darkest day, the British played our National Anthem at Buckingham Palace during the Changing of the Guard. I would hope we could respond in-kind -- but if we do not, then ... Rule Britannia and God Save the Queen.
Ollie; Wenatchee, Washington

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