We English have been the victims of their attacks too, and one of my favourite quotes ever was by Ken Livingstone the Mayor of London after the Attacks on 7th July 2005… (It applies equally to the events of 911 too…)
“I want to say one thing specifically to the world today. This was not a terrorist attack against the mighty and the powerful. It was not aimed at presidents or prime ministers. It was aimed at ordinary, working-class Londoners— black and white, Muslim and Christian, Hindu and Jew, young and old— indiscriminate attempt to slaughter, irrespective of any considerations for age, for caste, for religion or whatever.
That isn’t an ideology, it isn’t even a perverted faith, it is just indiscriminate attempt at mass murder— and we know what the objective is. They seek to divide Londoners. They seek to turn Londoners against each other.
Finally, I wish to speak, through you, directly to those who came to London today to take life.
I know that you personally do not fear to give your own life in exchange for taking others— that is why you are so dangerous. But I know you do fear that you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society, and I can show you why you will fail.
In the days that follow look at our airports, look at our sea ports and look at our railway stations, and even after your cowardly attack, you will see that people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.
They choose to come to London, as so many have come before because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves. They flee you because you tell them how they should live. They don’t want that and nothing you do, however many of us you kill, will stop that flight to our cities where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another. Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail. ”