CWN only writes about local news, but yesterday the world
changed for everyone.
The death toll from the horrendous terrorist attacks in
America is not yet known, but it will be thousands, if not tens
The sad statistic of probability means that there is a high
chance that someone from Coventry or Warwickshire was caught up
in the carnage.
CWN has a large ex-patriate readership, many of whom are in
the United States. It is inevitable that some of those will have
family or friends touched by this atrocity.
My heart bleeds deeply and my tears flow strongly for them.
I have sat for hours mesmerised by the images on TV. I cannot
comprehend why any human being could even contemplate,
let alone carry out, such an act.
It is almost certain that the terrorists (or would the word
barbarians be more apt) were driven by some fundamentalist
religious belief. It that is religion - oh my God!
Now we must wait, and fear, the aftermath.
The United States will retaliate. And surely they must. On a
The 'turn the other cheek, give peace a chance, let's sit
round the table and talk' lobby will be outvoiced a million
times on this one.
The question is against who?
Yesterday has been described as America's second Pearl
Harbour. But this time the enemy is not showing its face.
So many more innocents are to die. And alas, alas, alas they
must if a whole nation's grief, anger and claw for revenge is to
And then what comes next? How do governments everywhere in
our free world prevent this happening again.
For sure, there were some breakdowns in security procedures
at the American airports but this was terrorism on a PhD scale.
This act was organised by 'people' with expert skills,
thorough training and large resources. And most of all 'people'
willing to knowingly give their own lives.
How does the world guard against such suicide fanatics?
The UK government, like many others, has already announced a
whole raft of increased security measures.
That will only be the beginning. How far will we need to go
to make us feel safe again? Which freedoms are you and I willing
to give up?
Identity cards, email screening, CCTV surveillance...
They will come. They are coming already.
West Midland Police are trialling a hi-tech facial
recognition system to help cut street crime. CCTV systems will
automatically scan for the faces of known criminals and
suspects. If a match is made against a database an alarm alerts
This is already operating in Birmingham. It is expected in
Coventry early next year.
The age of innocence and privacy has gone. Freedom is fading
fast. Welcome to the sci-fi world.