The bomb blasts in London yesterday were an uncomfortable reminder of our own darker passages of history. More than once yesterday were the words of the IRA after its unsuccessful attempt to kill Margaret Thatcher and members of her cabinet quoted: “remember, we only have to be lucky once; you will have to be lucky always”. However, although the IRA killed many people over the years of its campaign in England, it chose mainly economic targets. Bimpe Fatogun notes that four IRA bombings feature in the OECD’s “10 most costly terrorist attacks”.
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