I have talked to a few people who have pointed out that Edgware, Aldgate (and Moorgate) and King's Cross all are in or adjacent to Muslim communities. King's Cross is the locale of The School of Oriental and African Studies, a highly respected institution teaching and researching Asia, Africa and the Middle East. It is possible that the attacks were as much directed at the Muslim population as the city at large.
I am always aware of the target Caitlin's University is for radical Islamists. Her's is an American University in London with attending students from 106 countries, a great many of which are Muslim nations. A great many she calls friend. They study together, eat and drink together, live and love and toil and travel through the streets of the world's most international city.
Those who carried out today's attacks hate this. They want nothing more than to divide Caitlin and her friends. They want her out of Morocco, for instance, and her friends back inside a box that they have decided that some God made. But her Muslim friends have shown her another face of Islam; one that, although she doesn't accept as her own philosophy, she can appreciate and honor because of her friends and their acceptance and love of her.
When she heard of the attacks, Caitlin's first reaction was to grab her cell phone and start dialing her friends in London. She loves these kids and they truly adore her. They have built a community that will not be sundered by bombs. If the attacks were designed to make her hate, they failed miserably.
But I don't think that these particular attacks were directed at people like her. I think that these are the same sort of people who are now preying on Iraqi citizens. Somewhere in their twisted psyches they have decided that if killing infidels won't work, maybe they can terrorize fellow Muslims into joining their cause. Again, they are failing and will continue to fail.
Britons in general and Londoners in particular are a stout bunch and will meet this latest obscenity with the same casual bravado they have met every other attack in the past.
Home Secretary Charles Clarke:
"Britain has long experience of terrorism. We have joined together to fight it in the past. Now, we do so again. For now, the terrorism that walks the streets of London has no face. But whatever its origin, whatever its motive, our response is the same: the British people will not be cowed and the terrorists will not win."