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The Daily Ablution brings us the latest in helping us to Understand the minds of the bombers:

Today's Guardian gives space to Dilpazier Aslam, a "Guardian trainee journalist" who suggests that one shouldn't be shocked by Thursday's suicide bombings - such a reaction would be inappropriate because, among other reasons:
"Shocked would be to suggest that the bombings happened through no responsibility of our own."
Yes, ladies and gentlemen - we bear responsibility for the murderous actions of maniacal members of a religious cult. An apology is certainly called for - the queue forms to the right.
Needless to say, there are other reasons why shock is inappropriate. Mr. Aslam explains:
"Shocked would be to say that we don't understand how, in the green hills of Yorkshire, a group of men given all the liberties they could have wished for could do this."

I too have tried and failed to get a glimmer of how young men can be so brain washed into leaving family and loved ones, enter a carriage full of strangers and in cold blood blow them and themselves up. But I don't want to "understand" them so I can sympathise them. I want us to understand them in the way hunters understand their prey. In the way Mr FM "understands" foxes...


Yes, we bear responsibility. We have let these people settle in our midst and preach hate. We have let other nations shelter and encourage this religion of hate.

As long as we tolerate these people in the world and in our midst, we should not be shocked. They have repeatedly promised in very plain language to attack us.

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