So the Blair government refuses to hold a public inquiry into the July 7th London bombings - instead, a senior civil servant will write an official narrative of the events, drawing upon MI5's investigation into the four bombers. That's not good for anyone except the government and MI5. The Hutton Inquiry, for all its faults, was a valuable exercise in at least two respects - one, reams of semi-secret data concerning Downing Street, its pro-war dossiers and the intellligence services were revealed to public scrutiny; two, it showed that the Kelly affair was composed of multiple, overlapping and sometimes contradictory narratives. For the government to give us one narrative of 7/7, without allowing competing narratives to be officially aired in the process, is insulting to all involved.
People have all sorts of theories about July 7th, me included. I won't recount my theory, because it's unverifiable and unfalsifiable. But some things about 7/7 nag me - odd things such as:
Whenever George Bush visits the UK, al-Qaeda-linked suicide bombers attack British interests. The last time, in November 2003, bombers attacked the British consulate and the HSBC building in Istambul, while George Bush was on a state visit to the UK (link). The next time he was here, at the G8 summit in Scotland, London gets bombed. Each time, Tony Blair gets to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with George Bush and denounce terrorism (link; link). It's as if al-Qaeda waits before bombing British interests until Bush and Blair are together in the UK and available for a public statement and a photo-op. If Bush comes again, I'm staying home that day.
Why did they choose July 7th to bomb the London transport system? Was it to coincide with the start of the G8 summit in Gleneagles? If so, it would be quite a comedown from their audacious plan to fly a plane packed with explosives into the meeting-hall of the G8 summit in Genoa in July 2001 (link; link). If the bombers were not directed by al-Qaeda but were acting independently, were they as much influenced by Bono and Bob Geldof as they were by Sayyid Qtub? Why pick a day when all the world's most powerful leaders would be gathered together in Scotland? By choosing July 7th, and by bombing civilians rather than government or military targets, they twice-over gave the propaganda initiative to Blair et al. (If I were a fanatical Muslim and determined to martyr myself in the Jihad, I'd blow myself up in Whitehall, or outside parliament, or in an army recruitment office - I wouldn't risk jeopardising my place in paradise by killing random London commuters.) Whoever was advising the bombers sure picked a target and a day that played into the hands of the security service and the MI5-ocracy that is the Blair government.
The third thing is that on November 3rd the Daily Mirror ran a story (link) that deserved more attention than it got. It would perhaps have got much more attention had not the police, at 4 o'clock that morning, arrested Rebekah Wade, editor of rival newspaper The Sun, for assaulting her actor-celebrity boyfriend. That story drowned out the one about all four bombers being known to MI5 a year before the bombings. Given that, might the Wade episode have been deliberately staged by MI5 to distract attention away from the Mirror's scoop?