It’s not as though the United Kingdom has never had terrorism. A bomb is different. An anonymous caller calls and claims responsibility, but the casualties are impersonal.
Last weeks attack was different. The killers targeted a British soldier. Someone who survived tours of duty in Afghanistan in Iraq. Oh, if he’d been on duty and armed, this might have had a very different outcome.
What makes this scarier than a bombing is it was up close and personal. Right down to a man, with bloody hands and weapons speaking calmly into a camera. I might have preferred it, if he ranted, but he speaking to the world as though this were the most rational thing in the world.
And that’s scary.
- British Soldier Hacked to Death in Islamist Attack in London (telegraph.co.uk)
- ‘Friend’ of suspect in British soldier slaying held (thehindu.com)
- Religion cannot be blamed for Woolwich killings (thescottishsun.co.uk)