On July 7, London’s public transport system was torn apart in a wave of smoke as four suicide bombers attacked three of the city’s underground trains and one of its double-decker buses during morning rush hours. These were the first suicide bombings in Western Europe. They killed 56 people, injured 700, disrupted public transport and telecommunications systems, and caused widespread fear around the big cities of Europe. This fear was not unfounded. On July 21, a second series of four explosions hit the underground trains, and although there were no fatalities, the message was clear: Terrorism is not a distant reality.
For most students in the UC system, the attacks probably seemed too far to generate fear