London: targeted for over 2 decades

The Guardian’s Donald MacLeod looks at how London has been the target of terror attacks before.. a point which, undoubtedly, was in many minds yesterday. He notes that – “There were 36 bombs in London in 1973.” The experience of Londoners over those decades will inform many of the reactions to yesterday’s attack.

Another point worth noting, and in contrast to the comments in the Irish News article, the Guardian report also points out that, the choosing of financial targets was a development of, rather than a constant part of, the IRA’s strategy –

Over 20 years, the IRA strategy shifted away from causing as many casualties as possible to trying to cause economic damage to London’s financial centre.