The bomb on London’s District Line tube thankfully did not kill or seriously maim people travelling to school or work. Its potential to have done so is horrifying.
Once again Daesh have claimed responsibility for the attack. Early indications are that had the bomb detonated it would have been on a similar scale to the one used in the Manchester Arena bombings in May.
The role of tube staff in ensuring there was a safe evacuation of Parsons Green station highlights the potential consequences of further staff cuts and attempts to leave many stations without any staff.
As RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said, “The incident shows once again that tube staff are the first responders in emergency situations and the clear need for safety and security to remain the number one priority and for the resources and staffing to be in place to deal with all eventualities.”
The killing of 80 mostly Shia civilians in a shooting and suicide bombing in Southern Iraq on 15 September highlights Daesh’s capability to inflict suffering and sectarian murder despite their loss of territory.
There have now been five attacks in the UK claimed by Daesh in 2017. The increasing likelihood of further attempts as they continue to be driven back first from Iraq and now Syria can only inspire fear and helplessness among the general population.
That one of the arrestees is a former refugee could increase hostility from the government and tabloid press against the millions of displaced people across Syria.
What needs to be challenged is not people fleeing Syria or anywhere else but the poisonous barbarity of the Islamism that Daesh promote.
We need to look to the politics of hope and liberation to help us fight extreme reaction.