Post news links and well-founded speculation regarding the bombs that appear to have been detonated on buses and in subway stations in London. Apparently there were six explosions in stations and three on buses.
While there's no particular reason at this time to suspect Islamic terrorism, see "Terror on the dole" and "[Abu] Hamza seeks legal aid for citizenship fight". Attacks like this don't seem to fit the M.O. of, for instance, the IRA, window-smashing anarchists, or enviro-whackos.
UPDATE: It's now fairly clear that this is Islamic terrorism, although other possibilities can't be ruled out.
Note this from Tuesday: UK cleric Abu Hamza's trial opens. Over two years ago the British government started proceedings against him and closed his mosque. That was a few months after they raided his mosque. That link also describes how France sent many of their Algerians to the UK, and the latter country accepted them as legitimate asylum seekers.
Teenage asylum seekers are mentioned in 1/03's Ricin suspects were arrested in France then freed. And, from 5/03, see "Derision greets BBC plan to turn asylum into a game".
While those who planted the bombs or who blew themselves up might have come to London from another country specifically to commit this act, something like this cannot have been planned and executed without long-term, local assistance. Expect it to be found that at least those who assisted this act were there because of Britain's lax immigration and asylum policies.
UPDATE 2: Partial credit to CBS News for at least broaching this subject on their evening broadcast, even if their report occasionally ventured into CAIR territory.
Terrorism · Thu, 07/07/2005 - 00:41 · Importance: 1