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Not 24 hours after gleefully and rightly winning the right to host the 2012 Olympics, London is beset once again by cowardly criminals who kill women and children in the name of a belief system twisted by callous, power crazed leaders. I have many good friends in and around London and I wish them and their families all the best in this difficult time.
I must also congratulate them. London has once again proven itself to be a tough, resilient, well prepared city. As I read reports on the events of the day I am taken by the preparedness and effectiveness of the response. Perhaps because in my other line of work I spend so much time on matters of civil response, I am just tuned to this. Londoners responded with kindness to each other, with bravery and reason, and with good execution on well considered plans. Mobile triage and surgical centers were used on-site at the worst damaged locations. Buses and ambulances quickly shuttled needed supplies between medical centers and storage locations to adjust to need. Trains weren't just shut down -- they were brought to a stop at the next accessible station, to prevent commuters walking for miles in potentially dangerous, smoke filled tunnels.
I truly believe that thousands of lives were saved today through the efforts of brave public safety officers, civil engineers and planners (of whom no country has a stronger tradition), political leaders, and the population in general. It is horrific that so many were injured or killed. It is almost miraculous that the number wasn't much larger.
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attacks: React with prudence and come back to "normality" as fast as possible.
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