Monday, July 25, 2005

The Death of Innocence 

The title to the post sounds ominous, but I don't mean it to be. We may have reached another critical milestone in the current war against islamic extremism. The death this weekend of a young Brazilian in the London subway, shot 5 times in the head, seems to herald the adoption of a highly aggressive policy for dealing with suspected terrorists. While friends and family are understandably upset, the death does not appear to be creating much of a political outcry, considering Scotland Yard announced this weekend that the victim was apparently not a suicide bomber.

The famous British toughness may be returning to the surface. Take note. This will have other important policy implications.


By Blogger Screwy Hoolie, at Mon Jul 25, 01:18:00 PM:

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.  

By Blogger Cardinalpark, at Mon Jul 25, 02:56:00 PM:

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.  

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