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Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Attack was no surprise in London

Brian Paddick, deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, summed up the critical difference between the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in the United States and the bombs that went off last week in London. "We are clearly shocked by what has happened," Paddick said. "But we are not surprised." Indeed, London had braced for this since Sept. 11. Britain's alliance with the U.S. in the invasion of Iraq made the attacks all but inevitable. John Stevens, recently retired as head of the Metropolitan Police, had warned that it was not a question of "if" but rather "when" terrorists would attack London's vulnerable mass transit...

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