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Saturday, July 23, 2005

THE LONDON SHOOTING: The Brazilian victim of the police shooting had nothing to do with the attempted subway bombing — but he ran, disregarded demands to stop, continued running until cornered. And he did this with knowledge of London's heightened sense of vulnerability based on the failed bombing that took place the day before. The mistake is tragic for this man and his family. Inferring guilt was not unreasonable, given the total circumstances. Even wobbly London Mayor Ken Livingstone says:
"The police acted to do what they believed necessary to protect the lives of the public. "This tragedy has added another victim to the toll of deaths for which the terrorists bear responsibility."
We are at war with Islamist fanatics who mean to destroy the West, but we collectively aren't behaving as if we get the implications of "at war." Let's hope a massive loss of life is not required for us to really get clear about the situation.