Thoughts on the tragedy in Woolwich; and Political Correctness

"Woolwich Royal Arsenal Gatehouse"

“Woolwich Royal Arsenal Gatehouse” (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Yes we are going to continue talking about Woolwich, terrorism, especially Islamist terrorism, and political correctness. Part of the reason we are going to is that this is Memorial day weekend, and one way to cut the casualty list is to reduce the amount of combat. What better memorial could there be to all those men (and some women as well) who have died for our freedom.

First Sir Humphrey writing in The Thin Pinstriped Line one of the best UK defence blogs I’ve found, has some thought on Woolwich

Thoughts on the tragedy in Woolwich

The news this week about the appalling killing in Woolwich of Drummer Lee Rigby has come as a profound shock to many in this country. While as a nation we are used to the loss of our armed forces personnel, often serving far from home (indeed since 1945 there has only been one year where UK personnel were not killed on active duty), it is a truly appalling incident when a serving solider can be attacked and beheaded on the streets of south London. The incident has led to a wide ranging debate in the UK about the nature of terrorism and what can be done to deal with such appalling incidents. Additionally there has been a huge focus on whether the security services could have done more to prevent it.
To the authors mind, the implied criticism of the Security Services seems unfair – one only has to look at the huge number of plots and attacks foiled over many years to realise how much evil that could have been wrought has been prevented from occurring. It is very easy to sit with the benefit of hindsight and say ‘MI5 could have done more to stop this’, but we must remember the reality that in a nation where there are reportedly many plots, many people of concern and finite resources, the Security Services have to get it right 100% of the time. The fact is that an attacker only has to slip through the net once for evil to occur. While it is important that there is a proper investigation into why things were not halted in advance, to Sir Humphrey it is important that we perhaps reflect on how much we owe those in the Security Services who have spent years successfully halting all manner of attacks. Learning from failure is vital, but so is accepting that sometimes no matter how successful your methods, something could go wrong. Essentially the media seem to believe that the Security Services must have 100% success from now until the end of time – frankly to the author, the fact that this attack is so unusual, and also the first successful domestic terrorism attack of its kind on the mainland since 2005 is a sign of how much has been achieved.

Continue reading Thin Pinstriped Line: Thoughts on the tragedy in Woolwich.

I have to say that I agree with him. It is completely unrealistic to expect our security services either British or American to be 100% successful for ever and ever. Sooner or later there is going to be a leaker, and the more simple the attack, the more likely they are to slip under the radar. In other words, it would be, I think easier to stop the 9/11 attack (or the corresponding attack on the London subway), than it would be to stop the Boston attack, and the Woolwich one, if they paid any attention to operations security might be nearly impossible. And because we are free societies, we make the security problem harder.

On the reverse side of that, if we report suspicious activities we make it less likely to succeed, and I find myself incredulous that the public was willing to stand around and watch this poor soldier butchered and the perpetrators brag about it in video for 20 minutes. A peaceful and civil society is all good and well, but this is not the reaction of a free people.

Now, I’m going to give you a bunch of links, with little commentary. They have all crossed my screen in the last few days, and unless you have been paying attention (on the internet, I’ll nearly guarantee they are new to you, whether you are European or American. Why? Because our media companies for whatever reason (and I have my opinions, and they are not fit to print) have decided we don’t need to know about this.

Have you been hearing much on the riots in the Stockholm suburbs?

And many, many more.

Now the thing is, I can’t vouch for these accounts, very few of them come from more than one source. But why would that be? If these were ethnic Swedes rioting, the news cycle would be swamped with it. You know it, I know it, all God’s children know it.

Just like we know Nidal Hussein’s attack wasn’t workplace violence, we knew the religion of the Boston bombers, and so many other things. Yesterday, I ranted a bit about political correctness, this is why. Because, very simply, we cannot make proper and informed decision about anything, including what to have for supper, without honest, objective  information. If the media is not providing that information, whatever cause they are supporting, it is not in the best interest of the society they purportedly represent.

When the sun is out and there are no clouds, the sky is blue, if you and all your friends insist it is green, it is not any kind of correctness, it is a lie, no more, no less. Even if 95%+ of the population agrees, it is a lie. If the media lies, especially regularly, it is a liar, and it can no longer be trusted to be a source of knowledge. Again, you know this and I know this, so why do we keep watching/reading/listening to these lying liars that lie. Search out the truth.

The Truth Stands on its Own.

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