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London attacks shock world press
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Most newspapers from Europe to the Far East are in shock on Friday at the bomb attacks in London. "We are all Londoners," says one Australian paper, echoing a sense of solidarity widely felt.

Others seem less surprised by events, with some Middle Eastern and Russian papers suggesting Europe has been too tolerant towards radical groups.

Terrorists can set off as many bombs as they wish: they cannot win against a tradition that is inherently superior to theirs because it respects human life and the desire for freedom... London will bounce back from this attack - to stage a spectacular festival of sport and culture in 2012. Just as the world united behind New York on 11 September 2001, this morning we are all Londoners.

Sydney's The Australian

Even on a roaring uptown No 6 train in Manhattan, there is a certain kind of quiet that veteran riders can sometimes sense. And yesterday, when the morning rush in New York seemed almost to shiver in the aftershock of a terrorist attack on commuters in London six hours earlier, was one such time.

America's New York Times, commentary by Paul Vitello

It was especially cruel and barbaric to target hatred at a city that was celebrating the honour of hosting one of humanity's most respected festivals highlighting peace and unity, in a country which is hosting a summit of major world leaders discussing issues of global concern... If the attacks had been plotted to create a sense of fear, it backfired. It has instead aroused a shared belief in collective defence against acts of terror.

China's China Daily

Despite strict security and layers of intelligence checks, the men in the shadows have been able to strike in the heart of Britain.

Pakistan's The News

Even more tragic was that the attacks have greatly served to divert attention from the G8 meeting... It has often been said that terrorists exploit high poverty levels... to perpetuate their fundamentalist ideals... The London attacks... must provide an even greater motivation for the G8 and others engaged in efforts to alleviate global poverty to realise the urgency of dealing with the issue...

Kenya's People Daily

It was the sound that Londoners had hoped never to hear again but always half expected: a terrorist bomb detonating in the centre of the capital. And this time the devastation was worse than anything caused by the Irish republicans in their bombing campaign of the 1980s and 90s.

America's Newsweek online edition, commentary by William Underhill

It is useless to expect from him [Tony Blair] a change in policy in the war he has declared against terrorism. His refusal to be intimidated is a perfect reflection of the sang froid observed yesterday in the streets of the British capital. No panic, and an impressive stiff upper lip, the measure of a people used, since 1940 at least, to its spirit of resistance.

France's Liberation

Information was severely rationed... the London police gave out information bit by bit, to the point that seven hours after the massacre, official figures only acknowledged two dead... The terrorists' modus operandi indicates that the attacks were not impromptu and that quite a large group of people participated in their execution, as in Madrid. The terrorists were aiming for a political and propaganda impact on a global scale.

Spain's El Mundo

London has been very tolerant towards Muslim organisations of every persuasion: they were all given asylum, allowed to publish their papers and hold meetings, they harboured [Chechen separatist Akhmed] Zakayev, who Russia declared an international terrorist. It seemed that no harm would ever come to London, that it would ever find itself a target of a terror attack: they would not saw off the bough on which they were sitting, would they? This is what we thought. The terrorists, it turns out, have a different perspective on things.

Russia's Moskovskiy Komsomolets

The war on terror, waged by the USA, and backed blindly by its ally Britain in the aftermath of 11 September attacks in New York and Washington, has failed to provide security to the Americans and Europeans... The explosions come as no surprise to anyone who has been following warning signs for the last week, that terrorist acts would take place. It also came as no surprise to anyone who has been expecting a drastic response to Britain's and the USA's occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq.

Egypt's Al-Jumhuriyah, editorial headlined "A just solution will stop terrorism"

The London attack, or invasion, is not the work of a small group of individuals. It is the bitter fruit of a religion that has been hijacked by a small band of extremists while the majority watches on with a mixture of anxiety and delight. Let's hear Muslims condemning these kind of attacks without ifs and buts... The true battle against this enemy of humanity will only start when the silent majority in the Muslim world raise their voice against these killers and those who brainwash, train and finance them.

Pan-Arab Al-Sharq al-Awsat, commentary by Amir Taheri

Four years ago the Western world declared war on Islamic terrorism. But Europe wasted this time mainly in chatter about terrorism. It still does not understand that it is at war. Endless conferences were held and delegations were exchanged on subjects of terrorism... But in fact they did nothing. They declared war and behaved as though there was really no enemy. A paradise of fools that yielded the London terrorist attack...

Israel's Yediot Aharonot, commentary by Alex Fishman

This attack strengthened Tony Blair's international leadership position. The "decisiveness" speech made by Blair yesterday and the scene in which he declared that these attacks were carried out not against one country but against all the countries of the world, and by placing the G8 leaders behind him with Bush and Chirac at each shoulder, carried heavy symbolism.

Turkey's Tercuman, commentary by Cengiz Candar

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