June 6, 2017 by gregrabidoux2013
In the aftermath of yet another vicious and cowardly terror attack on London many disturbing and haunting images remain, none perhaps as poignant, as tragic and quite possibly avoidable as that of a woman who begged for her life as her attacker stabbed her 15 times while other would-be victims frantically ran, hid and waited for the British police to respond.
Let me clarify a bit here.
Several British Community Police (some may call them “Bobbies”) were at the scene nearly immediately while others left to get reinforcements. Stay with me here. That’s what they are trained to do. In fact, one, a former rugby player tried valiantly to ward off at least one of the knife wielding terrorists at the London bridge with nothing more than a night-stick. He was stabbed but his bravery may have saved lives.
And therein may just lie the problem. Not his bravery but the odds stacked against him and others at the scene.
Shortly after the 3 terrorists drove their white van at 50 MPH through a crowd of people on the bridge they then leapt from the van and began to randomly stab any and every victim they could get to. Londoners who were enjoying a night of pub-going tried in vain to defend themselves by throwing chairs, rocks and bottles while others, adhering to the official governmental policy, ran and hid.
The BCPers are not by law armed with anything more than a night-stick, commonly known as a “Billy Club” and only a select few are authorized to carry pepper spray and that is normally only for riots in progress.
And while the London Metropolitan police chief has called for the daily BCP foot patrols to be allowed to carry arms, asserting that if they had arms at this attack they could have “put the attackers” down before more lives were lost others disagree. There has been a push-back, including by the Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan who has said that is not the London way.
But sadly that is the way of terrorism. These attackers may be cowards and lowlifes but they are strategic in that they probe for weakness and attack the defenseless. The weak, the unarmed.
And sadly, and tragically, nearly all Londoners are just that-defenseless. By their own choice.
If only their enemies played by the same set of rules and respected the same set of values that Londoners and most of the British do.
But they clearly do not.
So, in the aftermath of this brutal attack by modern day barbarians, one question that needs to be addressed by our friends across the pond is;
Has the time come to arm the British police?
The former Israeli counter-terrorism special operations officer, Aaron Cohen, thinks so. In fact, he goes one step further and says it is also the time to deploy undercover, trained and armed agents at popular London nightspots to aid in immediate response and even pre-emptive action. This is analogous to having armed undercover federal agents on US flights that may be particularly attractive to terrorists.
Critics, and certainly there are many, have argued against this idea. They assert concerns about abuse of such power, a surrendering of values and a first step to having Britain become “another US.”
Mayor Sadiq Khan has said that terror attacks are a “part and parcel” of living in a big city like London and that his city is “one of the safest in the world.”
Certainly the families of the 7 killed and 50 injured from this latest attack and those just days before who died in the Manchester concert bombing might strenuously disagree but the ideological and policy battle lines have been drawn.
It’s been said that only a fool brings a knife to a gun fight. Is it time for Brits to become “less foolish?”
Don’t get me wrong here, the British SWAT teams who did respond on the scene after 8 minutes ultimately shot and killed these 3 attackers.
But 8 minutes went by. 480 seconds. An absolute eternity when you are frantically running and hiding for your life or trying in vain to ward off a trained terrorist with a 12″ knife with nothing literally but your bare hands. One bloke who hid in a dumpster said he had only 2 thoughts running through his head-One was to make it out alive and two was to never be this helpless again.
Is it time for all of Britain to never be this helpless again?