As the families of those killed and injured in the 7/7 bombings in London last year prepared for a solemn day of memorial ceremonies, al-Sahabi, al-Qaida’s propaganda arm, released a video suicide note by Shehzad Tanweer, one of the four British-born bombers who perpetrated the terror attacks.

He said that Britain’s non-muslims deserved to be attacked because they were responsible for “a government which continues to oppress our mothers, children, brothers and sisters in Palestine, Afghanistan, Iraq and Chechnya”.

Whether or not one agrees with the war in Iraq, and wherever one’s sympathies lie in relation to the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, western foreign policy is not the cause of the terror.

It does, however provide justification, and it masks the real motives of insecurity, fear and loss of identity through what is seen by Muslims as encroaching secularism and their resultant sense of cultural failure.

My thoughts are with those who lost friends and loved ones on 7/7.

Here is a video record containing eye-witness accounts of the events of that day.