Philadelphia, 23 July 2005
I'm not surprised how Londoners have responded -- with guts and fortitude. This is the London I know. I also know that many of you have been touched by the bombings in myriad ways, and please know that I (and many others here, as well) extend best wishes to you and yours -- and respect for your continuing strength. These awful things prompt the best and worst. I only hope, dear friends, that the response of your nation does not follow the US model -- draconian (and largely ineffective) measures that simply tend to restrict civil liberties (ie. Patriot Act).
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