Monday, November 29

7/7 survivor: We brought London bombings on ourselves and we have not learned from them


 

 

Professor John Tulloch became a symbol of the terrorist atrocity after being photographed in bloody bandages emerging from Edgeware Road tube station

One of the survivors of the 7/7 bombings who became a symbol of the atrocity of the terrorist attack has claimed the UK government brought the attack on itself.

Professor John Tulloch, was photographed in bloody bandages emerging from Edgeware Road tube station, on the day 52 people were killed and 700 injured.

A decade after he sat feet away from bomber Mohammed Sidique Khan when he detonated his rucksack bomb on a Circle Line train, the academic says he still feels lucky to have survived when people around him lost their lives or limbs.

Horror: John exits Edgware Road station following the devestating attack

But Prof Tulloch, now a visiting senior research fellow at Glasgow University who lives in Australia, still suffers effects including some hearing loss and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

However, he says the overriding legacy of the attack for him is a continuing rage at foreign policy he believes led to the attacks and continuing atrocities.

He said: “After the recent attack in Tunisia, it was ‘here we go worse again’.

“I don’t think we have learned and do see a bleak time ahead. These events have causes.

Recovery: Prince Charles talks to John at St Mary’s Hospital

“Underpinning all this is losing the hearts and minds of young Muslims here and Muslims all over the world, and I don’t mean ISIS, who are monstrous terrorists.

“If you lose the hearts and minds of good, quality, moderates, you lose them because of flawed foreign policy.

“When I look at those memorial obelisks on Tuesday I will think of people killed in my train and people killed by ISIS, Muslims and Westerners, and those killed in the bombing of Baghdad.”

Prof Tulloch also revealed his day to day struggles with post traumatic stress disorder since the bombing.

Victim: The professor still feels lucky to have survived

The dad-of-two says he finds flying hard as claustrophobia and PTSD mean he cannot bear any movement close to his face or enclosed, dark spaces.

If someone comes close, his arm flies up in defence, which has been mistaken for attack, and means he has to choose routes and transport carefully.

This, he stresses, is miniscule compared with what happened to others that day.

As he puts it now: “I often go for walks in the bush and stand there thinking how lucky I was.”