How awful to write about violence and terror in London the day after the Olympics announcement. Just a few days ago I reminded Anna Sabasteanski, who writes and produces the Terrorism Central newsletter, that she and I had both lived within a couple of blocks of the Harrods bombing in the early 1980s. Yesterday David Levinson and our accountant Frank Francis discovered that they had been on Pan Am 103 exactly a week before the Lockerbie bombings. This morning I am a long way from London but my heart is there, imagining each of the known target sites and thinking of friends and colleagues in the area. Macmillan’s headquarters, for example, are just north of King’s Cross, and the Goodenough Club where I (and now friends) stay is just a little south, near Russell Square where apparently there was also a bomb.
Anna, by the way, is hard at work on Berkshire’s forthcoming Patterns of Global Terrorism: the complete reports of the U.S. State Department, juggling that project with her daily intake of news from around the world.
Our thoughts are with the brave and stalwart people of London.