Everyone has managed to keep a typical British sense of proportion about the recent failed car bomb attacks in London and Glasgow. Most people have gone about their business and leisure as usual, refusing to be intimidated by the terrorists. The attack in Glasgow had an added element of surprise, people expect such things to happen in London not North of the Border. Still, it gave the Scots an opportunity to demonstrate their grit. It was interesting to listen to the interviews with eye-witnesses, their outrage was against the attack on the policeman by one of the terrorists not at the attempt to bomb the airport.
In the days since the Glasgow incident, though, I have sensed a change in the mood of the people to whom I've spoken. There is something deeply shocking and disturbing about doctors being terrorists. These are people who have supposedly dedicated themselves to saving lives. They are intelligent and well-educated, not vulnerable youngsters preyed upon by fanatics. The fear and suspicion that have been aroused could prove far more damaging than the deaths and injuries of 7/7.