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London Fallout

COLLEEN KELLY
Kelly is co-director of September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows, a group of 9-11 victims’ relatives.
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TARIQ ALI
Currently in London, Ali is author of the books The Clash of Fundamentalisms: Crusades, Jihads and Modernity and Bush in Babylon: The Recolonization of Iraq.
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OMAR WARAICH
Waraich is an independent journalist and student who lives near the Edgware Road blast.
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NORMAN SOLOMON
Author of the book War Made Easy: How Presidents and Pundits Keep Spinning Us to Death, Solomon said today: “We should unequivocally condemn the bombings in London. We should also do what we can to stop our own government from using deadly violence in pursuit of political agendas. The world desperately needs a single standard of principled conduct to disrupt horrible cycles of violence.” Solomon is executive director of the Institute for Public Accuracy.
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BEAU GROSSCUP
Grosscup is author of the book The Newest Explosions of Terrorism and professor of International relations at California State University in Chico. He said today: “This is another reminder that there is no security fix for terrorism; that around the world jingoists and their ‘bring it on’ mantra are conducting their ‘war on terror’ with a ‘war of terror’ and the rest of us are caught in their crossfire. This is the second European country [to be attacked] where the vast majority of people told their leaders that following George Bush into Iraq was not effective counter-terrorist strategy. … After decades of hardline policy and violence, the British finally did the hard work of a political settlement in Ireland. This is exactly what Blair says he refuses to do now.”

SIMONA SHARONI
Visiting professor at Evergreen State College, Sharoni has done extensive research on the politics of violence in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and in Northern Ireland. She said today: “The tragic bombings in London show that the violence which followed 9-11 did not make the global community safer. Blair and Bush have been acting in the name of their citizens, using the pretext of security to unleash violence on a global scale. … Political violence, carried out by either governments or other entities, has always taken its toll on innocent civilians. To end such tragic attacks, all political violence must be scrutinized and delegitimized. We should turn our attention to the root causes … of violence around the globe.”
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LORETTA NAPOLEONI
Napoleoni is the author of Terror Inc. — Tracing the Money Behind Global Terrorism.
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ALISTAIR MILLAR
Millar is vice president and director of the Washington, D.C., office of the Fourth Freedom Forum. He is director of the Counter-Terrorism Evaluation Project, cosponsored by the Fourth Freedom Forum and the Joan B. Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.
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DAVID MILLER
Miller is professor of sociology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland, 35 miles from Gleneagles where the G8 is meeting. He is co-editor of the recently released book Arguments Against G8.
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For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167