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Terror at home. Almost.

The new developments over the past few hours has brought the whole terror business very close to home, literally.

It’s a scary thought. These are things that always happen to people on the telly or in the newspaper. You don’t think that it could be here, a little further than next door.

Heathrow stays calm under the chaos – extreme measures like no hand luggage and carrying essentials in plastic bags (they surely didn’t get all those bags to the airports overnight!) make you wonder what’s next. No liquids allowed; baby food can be taken on board but has to be tasted by a passenger before being allowed onboard. One can only imagine the scenario and try not to laugh, given the shocking circumstances.

BBC reports on a raid on a street not too far away. British born Pakistani’s are the (usual?) suspects in all the three areas that raids have been carried out. I have nothing against people from Pakistan – whether they’ve come from there or have been born there. They have as much right to be here as I do. Just wish that they made the most of this opportunity to be in a foreign country that has more advantages, than disadvantages (in my view). Just wish that they made more of an effort to move out of their very close knit community and invite the rest of the us into their world. Living in determined isolation does not benefit anybody – least of all a community.

When you live in someone else’s country, I believe that you owe that country something in return for its hospitality to you.

Baby Brother is in Bangalore at the moment on a Mum-Lon-Blr-Lon-Mum 8 day trip. Hopefully his flight to Heathrow tomorrow will take off without any problems. Fingers crossed.

Latest news : 71 airports affected. GWB makes a statement with his usual (for the lack of a better word) panache . He thanked Tony Blair and his officials for “busting this plot”. Then he said that it showed “Islamic fascists… will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom”.

More here : http://www.cnn.com/2006/US/08/10/us.security/index.html

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