From Tony Blair;
...This is a very sad day for the British people. But we will hold true to the British way of life.The news reports show the British people responding with amazing calm to this disaster. I think this madness will strengthen their resolve.
The purpose of terrorism is just that - to terrorize people and we will not be terrorized.
It is times like these that I have to question the hardline pacifist stance. No, we cannot use violence against violence; evil against evil. But we also cannot allow the mad dogs to run wild.
If my home, or that of my neighbor, was attacked, I know I wouldn't hesitate to use force. I'm not justifying such a visceral response, or claiming that it is good ethics. It is, however, a very human response.
May God have mercy on us all, and comfort those who mourn this day.
O God, the Father of all, whose Son commanded us to love our enemies: Lead them and us from prejudice to truth; deliver them and us from hatred, cruelty and revenge; and in your good time enable us all to stand reconciled before you; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.J.