News Terror murder in London

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Ryan_m_b

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This is barbaric. Two men attacked a third in broad daylight with knives before demanding witnesses film them so they could shout political messages. They were later shot by police (though apparently they are both alive in hospital) and the government is treating this as a terrorist incident.

A man has been killed in a machete attack and two suspects shot by police in Woolwich, south-east London.

Prime Minister David Cameron said there were "strong indications that it is a terrorist incident" and the UK would "never buckle" in the face of such attacks.

Footage has emerged showing a man wielding a bloodied meat cleaver and making political statements.

There are unconfirmed reports that the dead man was a soldier.

Both French President Francois Hollande and MP Nick Raynsford said the dead man had been a soldier at Woolwich barracks.

The footage shown on the ITV website shows a man, dressed in a grey hooded jacket, saying: "We must fight them as they fight us. An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth."

He added: "I apologise that women have had to witness this today, but in our land our women have to see the same. You people will never be safe. Remove your government, they don't care about you."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-22630303

The above link contains a shocking video of one of the men
 

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This is absolutely horrifying. ITV has an even more disturbing video. I really hope it isn't the start of something bigger, though since COBRA has been convened, the government presumably think it is.

My thoughts go out to the family of that man, and anyone who had to witness that disgusting act.
 
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Surreal to watch the video of the man with knives and bloody hands. Doesn't really look sketch. Troubling.
 

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I find it bizarre that people were filming it and standing in a crowd doing nothing, there was even a lady with a grocery stroller walking into the scene. Unfortunately people get murdered every day, all of those acts are senseless. This act is particularly gruesome, since it took place during the day in a public area. Similar to Theo van Gogh who was also slain on the street:
Van Gogh as he was cycling to work [..] The killer shot van Gogh eight times with an HS 2000 handgun, and Van Gogh died on the spot. The killer also tried to decapitate van Gogh with a knife, and stabbed him in the chest with another. The two knives were left implanted; one attached a five-page note to his body. The note threatened Western countries, Jews and Ayaan Hirsi Ali (who went into hiding).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_van_Gogh_(film_director [Broken])
 
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Ryan_m_b

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I thought that as well but I guess after the murder is done people thought it would be best to wait for the police and capture evidence.
 

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The world is such a scary place, beyond my comprehension. I don't even know what to expect anymore but it's hard to have any faith left in society when things like this are so commonplace. My condolences to the family of the poor man who was killed.
 
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The perpetrators don't flee the scene, they want attention! The media will give it to them.

I wouldn't be surprised if such explicit, round the clock reporting of events like these doesn't increase the likelihood of them occurring again.
 

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The perpetrators don't flee the scene, they want attention! The media will give it to them.

I wouldn't be surprised if such explicit, round the clock reporting of events like these doesn't increase the likelihood of them occurring again.
I heard from several sources they asked people to record them, and some people did. Gotta be honest, if I just witnessed some crazed wackos doing what they did, I'd probably comply with what they asked, too.

I like Cameron's response:

People across Britain, people in every community, I believe, will utterly condemn this attack. We have had these sorts of attacks before in our country and we never buckle in the face of them. In a free country, the best way to defeat terrorism is to live your life, to show that terrorists can never win.
Hear, hear.
 

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I'm scared of the world.I wish I could just relax and enjoy it's beauty.There's always some assholes to remind me of how scary this place is.What the hell is this?
 
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I'm scared of the world.I wish I could just relax and enjoy it's beauty.There's always some assholes to remind me of how scary this place is.What the hell is this?
If you feel that way then the terrorists have succeeded in their goal with you. That is their objective - immobilize the "enemy" through fear.( as they themselves perceive an enemy in their minds that are twisted all to hell, and if they do not have an enemy they will make one up ).

Be wise and temper your fear and go out and enjoy the wonder of the world.
 

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I'm scared of the world.I wish I could just relax and enjoy it's beauty.There's always some assholes to remind me of how scary this place is.What the hell is this?
The attention that the event receives, gives a false impression of the danger. How many people are harmed by traffic accidents each day in London? Statistics of 2011: 80 casualties a day of which 7 with serious injuries and every other day a fatality. I'm happy that I live somewhere that's relatively safe, compared to countries that face these actions on a regular basis.
 

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You've hit the nail on the head Monique. Newspapers also rely on this phenomenon of poor risk evaluation. The UK is pretty peaceful, last year there were 550 murders which sounds a lot but in a nation of 65 million that's one murder every ~120,000 people. The chance of death by motor accident is 6 times higher but we still get in cars every day.

Even though crime rates have been dropping for years the perception of crime seems to rise. As a counter terrorism strategy I don't know why this risk perception phenomenon isn't tackled more by the government.
 
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Even though crime rates have been dropping for years the perception of crime seems to rise. As a counter terrorism strategy I don't know why this risk perception phenomenon isn't tackled more by the government.
It isn't tackled because we need the government, lots of it, to keep us safe from all the danger that surrounds us. Be afraid....be VERY afraid...
 

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but we still get in cars every As a counter terrorism strategy I don't know why this risk perception phenomenon isn't tackled more by the government.
This reminds me of a quote that I can only paraphrase... It's funny that when a company tweaks their formula to make your clothes 10% cleaner they spend a billion dollars making sure everyone knows, but when government policy helps crime rates drop for twenty years there is essentially no advertising of this fact.

I think a lot of it is a failure of our political system.. In theory if your policies are beneficial you should be pushing that, but we rarely see commercials from political parties espousing basic improvements to life... They're mostly limited to attack ads and hot button issues. And I guess that's really the public's fault for responding to that kind of advertising
 
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The attention that the event receives, gives a false impression of the danger. How many people are harmed by traffic accidents each day in London? Statistics of 2011: 80 casualties a day of which 7 with serious injuries and every other day a fatality. I'm happy that I live somewhere that's relatively safe, compared to countries that face these actions on a regular basis.
The attention that events like this receive still makes sense. We accept some risk when we drive, and can minimize that by driving carefully. We don't accept the risk of being brutally murdered in the street by traitors in the clash of civilizations, and people are rightly horrified.
 

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I agree, but I find other events horrifying as well (a father committing suicide, but before that killing and hiding his two young sons from their mother, a speeding driver hitting and instantly killing an elderly couple and their grandchild). The event of yesterday is very unusual so receives a lot of attention, it's not my attention to belittle it, but sometimes the perspective is lost. In response to the Boston bombing my mom said "See, that's why I don't participate in running events", but that's 3500 miles away and how often does that happen?
 

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This reminds me of a quote that I can only paraphrase... It's funny that when a company tweaks their formula to make your clothes 10% cleaner they spend a billion dollars making sure everyone knows, but when government policy helps crime rates drop for twenty years there is essentially no advertising of this fact.

I think a lot of it is a failure of our political system.. In theory if your policies are beneficial you should be pushing that, but we rarely see commercials from political parties espousing basic improvements to life... They're mostly limited to attack ads and hot button issues. And I guess that's really the public's fault for responding to that kind of advertising
To be fair politicians constantly point out the successes and failures of policies. The problem is that politicians disagree greatly on these matters because partisan democracy requires them to compete. Because of that we get spin with every issue and fairly agreement across parties.

Also I don't think it's fair to blame the public for responding to advertisement. That entire industry is devoted to learning new and intelligent ways of convincing people of something. Even the most astute and wary of us still fall for it in areas without realising.

The attention that events like this receive still makes sense. We accept some risk when we drive, and can minimize that by driving carefully. We don't accept the risk of being brutally murdered in the street by traitors in the clash of civilizations, and people are rightly horrified.
Emphasis mine, either you are misusing this term or you have fallen victim to racist justifying nonsense.
 

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Unfortunately, being in the US, I'm a bit numb to a single murder. But I understand that this kind of violence is perhaps not as common there. I was watching a news clip about this yesterday where a witness kept saying over and over "he had a handgun, a handgun, he pulled out a handgun". I wish I lived in a country where someone having a handgun was shocking.

Let's hope this was just two lone lunatics and an isolated event.
 

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Yes, because anytime you wish your surroundings could be improved in some way, the solution is to go somewhere where your surroundings are perfect. And as you slowly circle the earth, skipping between blemished towns and flawed cities, your march across the globe slowly turns into a death spiral as your life flits away in a series of bitter disappointments.

This is the only just punishment for those who desire change
 

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Actually, it is. The crime rate has been dropping for years:

http://www.census.gov/compendia/statab/2012/tables/12s0306.pdf [Broken]

Lots of theories about why, but it's definitely decreasing.
 
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...as you slowly circle the earth, skipping between blemished towns and flawed cities, your march across the globe slowly turns into a death spiral as your life flits away in a series of bitter disappointments...
OK, Eeyore :tongue2: :wink:.
 

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On BBC Radio 2 this afternoon there was an interesting parallel between the publicity events like this get and pitch invaders in football (OK the analogue isn't great but bear with it)

Once one or two people invaded the pitch and got their 10 second slot on tv everyone started doing it and started protesting about this and that. Then the tv stopped showing pitch invaders and the numbers fell dramatically as the people simply didn't get their publicity they want.

Now scale that up to the scale of fanatical religious extremists who see highly public attacks like this as a soapbox for spreading their message. Perhaps is it not slightly logical to conclude that if events like this didn't get as much coverage then some of these events may not occur? (I'm not saying for total media censorship but the coverage should only deal in facts eg. "A soldier was killed yesterday by islamist terrorists in Woolwich" and remove the sensationalist hype eg. the photos of the blood soaked attacker)

Also reduced media coverage would probably reduce the number of "copy cat" attempts or plots that will now most likely be being assembled by other individuals like these 2.
 

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