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Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Livingstone the Loser

London's outspoken former Communist mayor, Red Ken Livingstone, long known for sympathizing with terrorists and other radical causes, made an announcement today:
Families of the 7 July suicide bombers should be allowed to attend the national memorial service for the victims, according to London’s mayor.

Ken Livingstone said they should not be turned away from the 1 November mass at St Paul’s Cathedral for the 52 victims.

The event is billed as a service for those who died and a tribute to police, firefighters and paramedics.

Church leaders would like the bombers’ families to attend but only with approval from the bereaved and injured.

Speaking at his weekly press conference at City Hall, Mr Livingstone said: “They have to decide if they want to come and share the grief of Londoners and celebrate the lives of those that were killed on the day. It would, I think, be particularly offensive to turn people away.”
I have no trouble mustering up some sympathy for family members of terrorists who don't necessarily share the same views as their children. Their children are gone, but the shame of knowing that they have had a hand in killing countless innocents must be excruciating.
That said, there is no excuse for the insensitivity of allowing them to attend the London memorial side-by-side with the family members of the victims. There may be some victims' family members who are able to see beyond their pain and accept these terrorists' family members as fellow mourners with no judgement passed. But I assume most would not be able to do so. So the family members of the terrorists should stay away, for sensitivity's sake. And for Livingstone to suggest otherwise, or to imply that the victims' family members who cannot move past their anger to be less than generous, is wrong. But totally within what I would expect from Mayor Livingstone the Loser.

6 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typical liberal BS.Liberals are the cruelest people.

7:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yours is a reasonable stance. I wouldnt have thought to have any sympathy at all for the terrorists families, but you have a point. Exept that most of them probably have the same radical beliefs as their kids did. I assume they do. you know what thay say about the apple and where it falls.

8:43 PM  
Blogger orthomom said...

Exept that most of them probably have the same radical beliefs as their kids did. I assume they do. you know what thay say about the apple and where it falls.
I do not agree with your assessment. Many of these youths found radical Islam through their association with people other than family members. The reports I read after the bombing made it clear that these terrorists came from families that were mostly not radical.

9:13 PM  
Blogger Zoe Strickman said...

Nebuch. Sometimes they cause more damage than good. -Zoe

1:06 AM  
Blogger Balabusta in Blue Jeans said...

I think Miss Manners' advice to the bomber's families would be to send private letters expressing their sorrow, but not to attend the service.

Livingstone is just being his usual self.

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