In 1984 I spent a wonderful two weeks in London as part of a post-graduate seminar in the English criminal justice system through the University of Colorado. Our class had the good fortune to meet with the then Chief of Detectives at New Scotland Yard, David Powis, and many of his brave subordinates. Back then the terrorist threats to Londoners’ safety came mainly from the Irish Republican Army. By the way, I never saw a uniformed Bobby carrying a firearm. They weren’t needed on the beat. But now look – (photos: The Telegraph)…
Cut to 2015 and we see London preparing for terrorist threats from a very different arena – the World of Islam. It’s just has to be all very wearying for Londoners, trudging on beneath the relentless gnawing fear, wondering from where and when the Religion of Peace will strike again, with all of of the accompanying death and mayhem. (Can you imagine how the Israelis are coping in their tiny nation?) In The Telegraph we read today all about a major counter-terrorism drill in preparation for the coming attack:
A major counter-terrorism exercise has been carried out in London to ensure emergency services are ready “should the worst happen”, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan Howe has said.
A mock terrorist firearms attack was staged to test the response to a Tunisian-style mass shooting.
Officers, emergency services, soldiers and intelligence officials took part in the operation.
Sir Bernard said: “With events like today we are committing around 1,000 people to exercise our plans and make sure that should the worst happen we are ready. And we will be.”
He said the rate of arrests for terror offences has increased in the last year.
“It is clear during that time that we’ve disrupted some very serious plots and some of those cases are going to the courts. The reason we have exercises like today is because, obviously, we are concerned there are people planning terrorist events.
“We intend first of all to stop them from getting to attack. But should we not stop the terrorists in their planning, it’s essential we disrupt them in any of the attacks that may take place.
“With events like today we are committing around 1,000 people to exercise our plans and make sure that should the worst happen we are ready. And we will be.”
Preparations for the exercise began around six months ago and events such as the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris and the hostage siege in Sydney influenced the test.
The Mumbai attack in 2008 also featured in the planning…
…Scotland Yard stressed the test was in no way connected or prompted by the massacre in Tunisia last week…
Ahem. Really? Of course not.
Read all of it here. And observe that in no part of the Telegraph report is the word Islam to be found. Ah. I forgot. The current Prime Minister has duly informed us that acts of terrorism are not in any way connected with Islam.
Never mind what the Quran says. Never mind what Muhammad said and did. Islam is a Religion of Peace.
I feel much better now.