July 22, 2005

Oh Dear

After a potential bomber was shot today by London Police:

The Muslim Council of Britain said Muslims were concerned about a possible "shoot to kill" policy.

Of course, I prefer that to a shoot to wound policy if there is a good faith concern on the part of the police that the perp is a potential terrorist ready to turn the potential energy stored in his rucksack to kinetic energy in a heartbeat. Or should that be to stop heartbeats? Alas, the rules of engagement for the police when confronting potential terrorists and the inevitable complaints from the usual suspects who live in perpetual fear of potential abuse are going to continue so long as most Muslims feel less comfortable dealing with infidels than turning a blind eye to murderous thugs who get a nod and a wink because they are part of the Ummah.

Posted by Charles Austin at July 22, 2005 04:44 PM

Now that it's been revealed that he was some Brazilian guy not a Middle Eastern terrorist everyone is moaning and beating their breast and doing the mea culpas but I am witholding judgment. I sense there is a lot more to this guy's story then a simple "he was scared of the strange plainclothed officers." The one thing I kept from my years (wasted except for Season 1) watching the X-Files is that "trust no one" thing.

Posted by: Andrea Harris at 11:58 PM

Perhaps Andrea, but I'll stick with Occam's Razor for the time being. Unless further evidence come out I'll assume he was an unfortunate (and profoundly stupid) victim of the rules of engagement forced on by the enemy.

Posted by: charles austin at 01:15 PM