Last night we discussed the horrible fact that the individual shot in London was not a terrorist, but as it appears now, an innocent. Atrios brings his perspective to the table, and you will never guess who is to blame for this incident.
Why, Bush and the Right!
This issue is not those who are second-guessing cops who are frequently in horrible positions. I wasn’t there and I don’t know what they knew or what they thought they knew or what their orders were. Some of that will be revealed. The issue is the cheerleaders of the “shoot first ask questions later” attitude, and the critics of those who dare suggest that shooting someone the government has labelled “terrorist suspect” absent trial is problematic.
Bush and the Right generally have become masters of this rhetorical trick. Criticize the Bush policies in Iraq? You’re attacking the troops! Criticze the Bush policies in Gitmo? You’re attacking the troops! Criticize the 101st Fighting Keyboarders glee about the killing of “bad” brown people in London? You’re attacking London bobbies!
It’s long past time for the Right to take responsible for its own actions and rhetoric, and stop trying to pawn it off on those on the front lines.
Not the terrorists who exploded the bombs in the tunnels. You know them- the ones who put all of England and the rest of the western world on heightened alert, created the situation that caused the area this fellow lived in to be under surveillance.
Not the individual, who ran from the police, refused to stop or obey their challenges, and jumped a turnstile in Stockwell station.
Not even the police themselves, who actually surveilled the individual, followed him, found his behavior suspicious, challenged him, and when he refused to respond adequately, pulled the trigger.
Nope. The guilty parties are Bush and the right. And note how although Duncan admits to not knowing the situation and acknowledges that he wasn’t there and can’t attest to the mindset, this wasn’t just a tragedy in which the authorities were acting to stop another bombing, this was evidence of an attitude of ‘shooting people without a trial.’
No doubt Atrios supports his Lt. Gov., Catherine Baker Knoll.
*** Update ***
You guys say I am all washed up. Fine.
I disagree. Atrios is launching a petty little attack on ‘Bush and the right,’ trying to claim that the issue is ‘the cheerleaders of the “shoot first ask questions later” attitude.’ As if anything Bush or ‘the right’ said would have had any impact on this shooting whatsoever. This happened because dozens of people were murdered and hundreds were injured when a bunch of deranged bastards blew up a bunch of subway cars. And then they tried again. And then, they placed an area under surveillance, and found a person leave there, dressed suspiciously, who refused to comply with verbal directs from police, and fled into a subway and jumped aturnstile. Police then shot him.
This has nothing to do with the rhetoric of ‘Bush and the right.’ It has nothing to do with any glee even the biggest fools at Free Republic might have expressed. And to suggest otherwise, to pretend that ‘Bush and the right’ and their ‘rhetorical tricks’ has anything to do with the sad facts on the ground is absurd and a lame attempt at a smear.