Terrorism in the London Tube

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Terrorism in the London Tube

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Piper Johnson, Staff Writer

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On Friday, September 15, twenty nine people, some of which were school children, were injured when a bomb detonated and set a ball of fire off on a train in Parsons Green, West London. Thankfully, no one suffered life-threatening injuries. Police have found images of the bomber as he got on the train with the bomb in a white plastic bucket that was wrapped in a grocery bag. The Islamic State took responsibility for the bucket bomb later in the day, in a message that claimed “detachment of its disciples had carried out the attack.” The use of the plural form “disciples” suggests that more than one person was involved. The attack is the fifth bombing in London in six months.  

Personally, I think we take living in a safe area for granted. Although we get thousands of threats each day to different parts of our country, we have yet to experience something like this in California. Recently, we have had many terrorist attacks all over the world, and we think about how the people are affected and the lives that are taken. In reality, this could happen to us any day when we are least expecting it. There is also little we can do to prepare for something like this as no one is able to suspect when it is going to happen. Of course we have crimes that are committed everyday where we live, but we have never had any that are related to terrorism to the degree that we are seeing in other parts of the world. As we are experiencing these tragedies second-hand through the news, we learn the importance of paying attention to what is going on around us. We also learn the importance of speaking up when we see something out of the ordinary; all too often in the last few years these horrible crimes are committed by people right in front of us. As our focus shifts from socializing in person to socializing over social media, our immediate attention is directed away from participating actively in our surroundings and the things going on right in front of us. It is up to each of us to take on some of the responsibility of making sure that we are caring for the people in our lives and creating a world that is tolerant. If we want to continue living in a safe area, we have to start caring about all the world around us.