In February 2003, Tony Blair was warned by British intelligence that the invasion of Iraq would 'heighten' the risk of terrorism in Britain. In July 2005, al-Qaeda struck in the heart of London. Despite the British Government's increasingly desperate attempts at denial, polls show that an overwhelming majority of people in Britain are convinced that there is a connection between the London bombings and the war on Iraq.
Using secret government documents declassified since the bombings, and leaks from British intelligence, Milan Rai exposes official deceit at the highest levels, and establishes the crucial role of British foreign policy in generating a home-grown version of al-Qaeda. Rai shows how an official report drawn up by the Home Office and Foreign Office in early 2004 identified 'foreign policy' - and the war in Iraq in particular - as a major cause of alienation among young British Muslims.
Examining the backgrounds of the 7/7 bombers, Milan Rai demonstrates that Islam is not to blame. Most importantly, the book shows us how to make sure that this never happens again -- and offers brief obituaries for the 52 people who lost their lives that day.
Milan Rai founded the British branch of Voices in the Wilderness and co-founded the anti-war group ARROW, a London-based direct action and anti-war information group. He is author of numerous books, including 7/7: The London Bombings, Islam and the Iraq War (Pluto Press, 2006) and Regime Unchanged: Why the War on Iraq Changed Nothing (Pluto Press, 2003).
Glossary Introduction: Islam is Not to Blame 1. The Perpetrators and the Victims 2. The Turning Point 3. Through the Bombers' Eyes 4. The Centrality of Iraq 5. How Not to Stop the Bombers 6. How to Stop the Bombers 7. Terrorism - Theirs and Ours Index