Monday, July 25, 2005
The famous British toughness may be returning to the surface. Take note. This will have other important policy implications.
Is the famous British toughness responsible for shooting a Brazilian in the head? I thought it sounded like excessive force.
Shoot first, and ask questions later is not a viable recipe winning the global culture war or for creating the conditions for stability, without which we will never root out terrorism.
No SH. The killing was a mistake. But in wartime, there is friendly fire, and required ferocity. You say excessive force, but some fellow in King's Cross might be quite pleased with the result if he felt threatened (esp after 7/7 and again last week). We don't actually know all the facts about the poor fellow. A tragic mistake, let's say. But no reason to change policy when it comes to dealing with suicide terrorism. My bet is it won't become a political hot potato in London. That's what I am getting at.