BBC Says Bombings Will Unite People Behind Government

BBC | July 8 2005

Question: If the bombings had the impact of uniting the people behind the government in support of the government, who had the most to gain from carrying out the attack?

Answer: The government.

The arguments over identity cards and detention without trial will take on a new urgency as ministers consider any new measures to take in the wake of the attacks.

There will also, needless to say, be questions over whether the war on Iraq made attacks on the UK more or less likely.

But the history of such terror attacks in the UK suggests that, in the short term at least, people are more likely to unite behind the government.

All these doubts and fears will be raised in the future. For now politicians are united with a common determination not to yield or indeed, over-react, to the bombings.


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