Telegraph | News – Blair: they will never succeed

Tony Blair has promised the “most intense police and security service action to make sure we bring those responsible to justice” following the bombings in London.

The Prime Minister returned to Downing Street after leaving the G8 summit in Edinburgh.

He repeated his “profound condolences” to the families of the victims. He described the emergency services as “magnificent in every respect”.

Mr Blair praised the “stoicism and resilience” of Londoners “who have responded in a way typical of them”.

He also welcomed the statement released by the Muslim Council of Great Britain, which condemned the attacks.

Mr Blair said that although these terrorist groups act in the name of Islam “the vast majority of Muslims… are law-abiding… who deplo[ore] these acts as much as we do.”

The Prime Minister added: “It is through terrorism that the people that have committed these terrible acts express their values and it is right at this moment that we demonstrate ours.

“I think we all know what they are trying to do. They are trying to use the slaughter of innocent people to cow us, to frighten us out of doing the things that we want to do, trying to stop us from going about our business as normal, as we are entitled to do and they should not and they must not succeed.

“When they try to intimidate us, we will not be intimidated. When they seek to change our country or our way of life by these methods, we will not be changed.”

The Prime Minister said Britain would show “by our spirit and dignity” that “our values will long outlast theirs [terrorists]”.

“The purpose of terrorism is just that. It is to terrorise people and we will not be terrorised. This is a very sad day for the British people but we will hold true to the British way of life.”

There were also statements of support and condemnation of the terrorists acts perpetrated in London here.

I wish to personally add my condemnation of these dastardly acts, and my profound condolences to the innocent victims of this terrorism in London.

I am deeply saddened that this could happen to the innocent people in any country. But it also is inspires great hope to see such resolve in another country to stand up to this type of terrorism and not allow them to win.

I was reading an article at the Harvard International Review entitled: Deterring Fear – Government Responses to Terrorist Attacks where on the fourth page of the article it is stated:

Making Deterrence Work

During the last three decades international terrorism has persisted despite attempts to deter groups and states that have been using this mode of struggle to advance their political goals. Nevertheless, until September 11, 2001, the threat of military retaliation, demonstrated by limited punitive strikes, sufficed to contain terrorism within tolerable bounds. At the same time, it resulted in the tendency of groups and states to avoid punishment by refraining from claiming responsibility for their attacks. This way of escaping punishment has been facilitated by the legalistic approach that has characterized US policy against international terrorism.

The partial deterrence effect has been shattered by the September 11 attacks. Previously seen as a nuisance, terrorism has now suddenly become a major threat to national security and international order. Deterrence policy must be changed to meet the new threat.

The lessons of the Israeli and US experience suggest that deterrence policy should address both terrorist groups and their state sponsors. Deterrence attempts have so far failed to achieve the desired effect because the threat did not imply a sufficiently severe punishment for the groups and states involved and has not been credible, and because the forbidden behavior has not been defined in clear and broad-enough terms. Terrorist groups and their state sponsors felt that they could live with the punishment, as they perceived it.

Within the context of their ideology, all states and most terrorist groups make rational policy decisions and will likely be deterred by a persistent policy that avoids the mistakes of the past. A small number of groups, which view their struggle as an Armageddon, may not be deterrable and must, therefore, be rendered harmless by the use of force.

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