Sunday, September 04, 2005
London, twinned with Baghdad: "These attacks were predictable. In the words of Christophe Chaboud, head of anti-terrorist operations in France, they �were not a surprise but the confirmation of an inevitability, given the international context, particularly . . . the war in Iraq� (1). For months security experts have told us that it was not a question of whether these attacks would happen, but when. The opening of the G8 summit (the seven richest countries in the world, plus Russia) in Gleneagles was the symbolic opportunity. British security services MI5 and MI6 were unable to prevent the carnage, thus confirming that nobody has yet found a secure defence to terrorism."