Targeting civilians in their transport means and lives is denounced and rejected.
Sensible words, right? Now guess who said them.
If you didn’t guess Moussa Abu Marzouk, deputy chief of Hamas, you were wrong.
Surprised? It turns the cast of characters condemning the bombings was a little strange. Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad condemned “these detested acts.” “We condemn with the strongest possible terms these explosions, and convey our sincere condolences to the British people and government,” said Palestinian negotiator Saeb Erekat. Others on the list include Iran, and shockingly, Hezbollah. Hezbollah’s Mohammad Hussein Fadlallah voiced outrage:
These crimes are not accepted by any religion. It is a barbarism wholly rejected by Islam,
Some earlier Fadlallah sentiments:
What martyrdom is greater than making yourself a human bomb detonating it among the enemy? What spiritualism is greater than this spiritualism in which a person loses all feeling of his body and life for the sake of his cause and mission?
Good, so we can expect no more attacks of Israel from Hamas or Hezbollah! You heard it here first!
Watch the media for stranger and stranger (and stranger) occurrences. Even the Guardian, famous for not using the T-word said:
A series of explosions ripped through London today as suspected terrorist attacks on tube trains and a bus killed at least 37 people and plunged the capital into chaos. [emphasis mine, here and in what follows]
The BBC, also typically shy of using such words said:
Four terror attacks on London’s transport network leave more than 30 people dead and 700 injured.
Wait, Muffti thought there were only ‘activists’ and ‘militants’ out there! Finally, from a newspaper that vigorously defended not using the word ‘terrorism’ with respect to attacks on Israelis:
…red double-decker bus in a deadly terror attack today, killing at least 37 people in coordinated rush hour carnage…
That’s right: the NY Times. Check here for their policy on using the word with respect to attacks on Israel.
Reminiscent of claims regarding text messages and 9-11, Antiwar.com has an early conspiracy claim about the London bombings and Netanyahu:
Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was scheduled to show up at a conference slated to take place in a hotel directly above a subway station where one of the blasts went off. AP avers “The warning prompted him to stay in his hotel room instead, government officials said.”
Hat tip to Kenny, Shechar and Yahoo News where most of the quotes were taken from.