Remembering 7 July 7 Years After

Few of us would dare to claim that we remember anything ‘exactly’ but certain events stay in the mind with distressing clarity. So it is with the events of 7 July 2005. Whether we were personally caught up in the horror of that day or merely experienced it at second-hand through the media, no one who lived through it is likely to forget the impact it had. The IRA bomb attacks of the 70s were somehow in a different league. This was terror perpetrated by British citizens in the name of God. We were on new ground, but it seemed to be shifting beneath our feet.

Seven years on, have we learned any lessons? We live with the fact of terrorism, not merely the threat, and many of us would probably admit that we don’t really know how to respond. The grief and pain of those who survived 7/7 cannot be magicked away, anymore than the dead can be forgotten; but there must surely be something we can do to ensure that death and destruction are not allowed to become the whole story. For myself I think the only answer is to try to root out violence from our own hearts: the anger, the thirst for revenge, the negativity about others. Otherwise, as René Girard has argued again and again, we are destined to pass the poison on. Let us not add another tragedy to that which has already occurred.

Note
Forgiveness is never easy, but ‘getting even’ isn’t a Christian response. We may not have to confront terrorism head on, but we all have people/events that make us angry. How we deal with the anger is important. We can either add to the stock of violence in the world or reduce it.

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5 thoughts on “Remembering 7 July 7 Years After”

  1. Well said!
    I love that you place the responsibility back on each of us to deal with our own hearts rather than sit back, blame the terrorists and feed our anger and angst. What they did was appalling, but I agree that violence breeds violence and the one way to stop the cycle is to take responsibility for ourselves.
    Loving your posts as always.

  2. Living in Montreal in the 1960’s, we experienced French separatist mailbox bombings. A neighbour several doors down had his head blown off, leaving his wife and many children to face the future without their husband, father and provider. There was no room in their hearts for revenge and hatred, they were too numb to feel anything. What lessons did we learn from that? We learned that there are terrorists who hate us, willing to kill innocent civilians and babies to make their political point. We learned that life goes on for the survivors, changed forever.

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