Robert Webb: We need an independent inquiry

Wednesday 29 April 2009 00:00

The 7 July bombings were the largest peacetime attack in mainland Britain and we are still feeling the effects. The verdicts make dealing with Laura's death more difficult from the point of view of wanting answers, wanting to know why people did what they did, and wanting to see some form of justice being done. It makes it hard. But we have to respect that we have due process, and don't assume someone is guilty.

What the bombers did is assume we were all guilty and therefore punished us in the way they saw fit. I felt there was a lot of evidence pointing towards [the three accused men] assisting the bombers, but you have to respect the jury's view.

One of the things that has been most difficult is that the people who carried out these crimes died in the attacks.

What's more, they died because they chose to, thinking they would be rewarded. It does make it very difficult when you're trying to come to terms with something, and get closure, and there's nobody to try. There's no legal process.

We need an independent inquiry into what happened. It's obvious these people were not working in isolation. As a society, we need to know. What possessed young men, brought up in a democratic society like ours, to go and murder their fellow citizens?

What's difficult is that you can't see the journey's end. You can't reach a full conclusion because you know information is still coming out.

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