I found myself in total agreement with this comment that appeared today:
The least useful reaction to terrorism is to dismiss it as an inscrutable evil
A blind faith in the moral superiority of our own way of life will only hinder efforts to tackle violent extremism Jenni Russell Friday July 27, 2007 The Guardian
but the most depressing thing is that it actually needs spelling out and writing down. I find it blindingly obvious and always have (at least since growing up in the no less hysterical situation of 1970s terrorism in Germany!).
Then, something completely unrelated but uplifting:
Eight Americans graduate in boost for Cuban health care
· Students plan to use skills to treat poor people · Public relations coup for Castro government Rory Carroll, Latin America correspondent Thursday July 26, 2007 The Guardian
Eight US medical students pose for a graduation picture at the Latin American School of Medicine in Havana, Cuba. Photograph: Javier Galeano/AP
Eight American students have graduated from a Cuban medical school after six years of free tuition, giving a fresh boost to the reputation of the communist government's health care system.
... and finally, I've spent the day hopping up and down in rage about the Lancet story re. the alleged link between cannabis and schizophrenia. Have fired off a letter to the Guardian about that, but should that fail to appear I will rage on some more about this in the next few days.