The London Attacks: ‘Never Give In’

By July 7, 2005General

We didn’t want to let the sun set on this day without paying tribute to our brothers and sisters across the sea who today were victims of another senseless terrorist attack. Who among us watched without thinking of our own horror and overwhelming sense of vulnerability on September 11? We’ve been there, we know how it feels. We know how the world — with the UK’s Tony Blair in the lead — came to our comfort and support, and today and in days to follow we return the favor, keeping them always in our thoughts and prayers.

Some things are timeless and one only needs to turn to Churchill’s great speeches in the thick of World War II for comfort and resolve. While Britain was getting pounded by Germany in the war, he traveled to his alma mater, Harrow School and spoke the words that became famous and served to deepen everyone’s resolve throughout the duration of the war:

Never give in–never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.

“Never yield to force” indeed. Another cowardly attack by a faceless enemy on innocent civilians will only serve to deepen the civilized world’s resolve to fight terrorism wherever we find it, and preferably before it finds us.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the families of those who lost loved ones, as theirs were with us a little over three short years ago. They stood with us then, we stand with them now. The Cold War was won and so, too will the war on terrorism be won. It will take years and it will take resolve.

But as the attacks in London today remind us, we must never, never, never give in.