Thursday, July 14, 2005

The London Bombings

Its too late to write on the happenings, hence this post on the aftermath. Though it was not as damaging & dramatic as 9/11, the London bombings have made sure that the West again becomes more paranoid on its outlook on terrorism & muslims. Am not here to write on the pros & cons of both the sides' argument, but what concerned me was the way the incident is being reported in BBC World. There was and is still a 24 hour coverage that gave some real 'useful' info like the names of the suspects, interviews with whoever close to them that the reporters can lay their hands on, the 'peaceful' neighbourhood that the suspects grew in, expert analysis with maps & graphics, blames & counterblames from politicians & religious leaders, police constables saying what's being done, views of cordoned off areas, flowers being offerred in the memory of the dead, controlled explosions being carried out & of course the London bus with its top gone. But the reports were silent on why this happened & how the government let it happen. When will the West(ern media) learn?

ps: It isn't good here either. 'The Hindu' published in its front page the birth certificate of one of the suspects.