“The images of the carnage caused by four bombs detonated by homegrown terrorists in July 2005 are still fresh in the minds of most Londoners. The suicide bombers, all British citizens, attacked unprotected targets to protest British involvement in the Iraq war. They killed 52 people and injured more than 770. As London prepares to host the 2012 Summer Olympics, there are concerns that another attack may occur.
International sporting events such as the Olympics and the FIFA World cup are magnets for athletes and sports fans across the globe. With extensive media coverage of the events, they are also attractive targets for violent extremists determined to inflict damage and make strong statements to a worldwide audience. Ensuring the safety of participants and visitors at these huge sporting events is a growing challenge...”
Excerpt from per Concordiam Staff, “Olympic Effort,” per Concordiam: Journal of European Security Defense Issues 1, No. 2, 2010: 52-55.
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