A good progressive view of the recent London attacks
There's some interpretation here that may be a little astray, but still a good summary of what it all means, sans hyperbole.
Plucky Brits, Incompetent Terrorists, and a Wavering Berlusconi by Randall Cook at Intel-Dump
As Islamic terrorists go, they were not particularly well-trained or committed. The one apparent ‘suicide bombing’ was the result not of a fanatical desire to witness paradise, but of user and/or equipment failure. And they were not very discriminating in their targeting, apparently blowing up their targets in heavily-Muslim populated neighborhoods of London in order to facilitate their get-aways.
While true, there's almost a dare here that I'm sure Mr. Cook didn't mean to imply. I've never thought that Al-Quida was especially bright or brave, more clever and demented then anything else. If they were like some super intelligent mad men out of some spy thriller, 9-11 would seem like a walk in the park. That to me is why they should be put in perspective. They are dangerous, but on a scale I can think of a few worse threats to western society. What's hurting us most is the diversion of resources away from getting at the of Al-Quida and using them in Iraq. Iraq was a low priority threat. Saddam and his power was tied to a state, a region. He knew that if he pushed things to far he'd be dead, just as Kim Jung knows that if he goes beyond a certain point, he won't be able to play badboy anymore because he'll be sleeping the Big Sleep under a pile of rubble. So regardless of what happens in New York, London, or Bali America is screwed because of Iraq. Bush bet the bank on the dreaded "flypaper" theory and lost. Al Quida can be in two places at once. I agree with Blair, our values will win eventually, but at much less cost if some adults were in charge instead of reactionaries.