TWC sat on this (fully edited and ready to post) for the last ten days wondering how appropriate this piece is for the blog. After all, it has nothing to do with taxes or economics, where sometimes the thinnest of rationalizations connects a screed to my tax work. And it certainly isn't amusing, I remember the shock of hearing the details from Mrs TWC at the time. No, this is more about death, brutal unnecessary death, and I've decided to let today's guest blogger, the Kosmik Kid, tell the tale.
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A 27-year old Brazilian electrician was shot 5 times, 3 times in the head at point blank range, by British homeland security experts last week. One subway passenger who witnessed the slaughter described the victim as "terrified -- he looked like a cornered fox".
His crime? Wearing a heavy, padded coat in balmy 74-degree London, and running when a swarm of heavily-armed public protectors followed him into a subway station and demanded that he lie down and be shot without making a scene.
Tony Blair and Jack Straw have, of course, expressed their deepest regrets, but have defended the actions of the intrepid police. The suspect must be executed immediately without detention or trial, and the bullets must be delivered to the head because body shots might set off that the bomb that had to be hidden under that coat, you see. By acting swiftly and decisively they potentially saved dozens of innocent lives!
Except that a suicide bomb belt has a detonator cord that must be pulled, or a button that must be pushed. If the police are at point blank range, they can see the suspects hands. If those hands are outside the coat, they can be pinned. Unless the suspect’s hands are inside the coat, no presumption of intent to detonate a bomb should be made. Furthermore, in every instance in memory, a suicide bomber who was discovered simply detonated the bomb immediately, or chickened out and surrendered.
But why, why did Jean Charles run? Well, I do have a theory about that:
BECAUSE HE WAS BEING CHASED BY A BAND OF SCREAMING, PLAINCLOTHES POLICE SCREW-UPS WAVING GUNS, THAT'S WHY!
EVERYONE KNOWS THAT ONLY TERRORISTS, CRIMINALS OR UNIFORMED POLICEMAN CARRY GUNS IN GUN-CONTROLLED LONDON!
The memory of Jean Charles de Menezes will fade quickly from the public mind, just another victim of the madness that calls itself Government in these strange and evil times.
As for his killers, they'll not be named (let alone blamed), other than in the citations for bravery and heroism in the line of duty that are being written, a la Waco and Ruby Ridge.
We will undoubtedly see their faces many times in the news, as the authorities release the photos taken by the ubiquitous surveillance cameras that record every movement in London's subway system. The chase and shooting are a matter of public record...
Wait! I haven't seen those pictures, have you?
Please Note: TWC did a Google image search Sunday (07-23-05) night and came up with absolutely nothing.
With apologies to the memory of Walt Kelly, creator of Pogo, "We have met the terrorists, and they is us."
Photo courtesy of AP