We're Not Afraid

British police patrol the streets as they watch on commuters waiting for buses in London's Euston Road, Monday July 11, 2005. Today marks the beginning of a new working week for commuters as they attempt to return to their normal lives after the bombers brought transport to a halt last Thursday. At least 49 people were killed in the attacks on three subway trains and a bus in central London on Thursday July 7, while 700 were injured, 60 of whom remained in hospitals.(AP Photo/Max Nash) AP

This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
Its one week now since the terrorist attacks in London. The stunning development in the story, of course, is the fact that the men who blew themselves up were home grown. It's a new twist for us in the west, and a disturbing development according to experts on terror.

CBS News Consultant Randy Larsen told me today that the fact that the suspected terrorists would carry European Union passports means that any one of them could have easily traveled to the United States. He also said there's no reason to believe there aren't like-minded folks right here at home. It's all quite sobering.

A small group like this doesn't leave a big footprint. They seemingly had no trouble keeping their plan secret from friends and family.

What are we to do? Carry on, say the experts. And the Brits are doing a marvelous job if it. When I was in London last week I witnessed a steely determination to not be cowed by the attacks. Stiff upper lip -- a horrible cliché, yet still true. From the bombings in World War II to the attacks of the IRA, Londoners have endured plenty. And the world is responding to their courage. Check out this website -- We're Not Afraid. Folks from across Britain and around the world have sent in photos to put a picture with the sentiment of support. It's an amazing site with a powerful message: We are not afraid.


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