War etc

Guardian Columnist’s Crystal Ball

Home Secretary Charles Clarke believes that the 7 July and 21 July bombings were connected:

On the two groups of bombers, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “I think it would be very, very surprising if they weren’t linked in some way, but evidence is an issue.

A week before the second bombing took place, the “al Qaida spokesperson [sic] in London“, Saad al-Faqih, is reported to have made the following prediction:

“I would expect bin Laden to come again now with another statement reintroducing the truce offer, or otherwise I would expect maybe another attack to prove that this offer is not the offer of a weak person or a weak organization,” Mr. al-Faqih says. “This offer has to be taken seriously. Otherwise, Europe has to take the consequences.”

I wonder if Al Faqih could let the Home Secretary know whether the two bombings were, in fact, linked. If not in person, perhaps in his next Guardian column.

It would save the police a lot of bother.