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'Any man's death diminishes me'

"On the first day of what is likely to become Britain's biggest terrorist trial, the prosecutor, Peter Wright QC, told Woolwich Crown Court in east London that the plotters were 'indifferent' to the fate of their innocent victims. . .They were ready to detonate liquid explosives on board at least seven flights from Heathrow to the US and Canada" and in a variety of locations in the airport itself. The trial will determine whether the men are guilty as charged.

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John Donne was a 17th century English adventurer, Anglican priest, and poet. His philosophy rose out of his belief in the precious importance of every person and the vital connections of community. His famous meditation is an unforgettable expression of Christian spirit -

. . .No man is an island entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main; if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as any manner of thy friends or of thine own were; any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind. And therefore never send to know for whom the bell tolls; it tolls for thee. . .Meditation XVII
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