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PostPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2017 11:18 pm 
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King Street Cat wrote:Suspect publicly named and now his solicitor is saying it can't have been him as he's still in jail!

Never seen Channel 4 squirm so much. Apparently his brother rang them to tell them he was still banged up. At least it diverted them from that expenses 'scandal' no-one actually gives a flying fck about.

Today was always going to happen despite the outstanding work of our intelligence services. To paraphrase the IRA, "we have to get it right every time; they only have to get through once". Awful for all concerned.

Terrible scenes on Westminster Bridge, reminiscent of Nice last year. We'll see more of this as ISIS and other Islamist groups know a 'lone wolf' attack using a vehicle and a knife is almost impossible to identify or stop before it's begun. Full credit to the Police and NHS for their rapid response, and of course to the officer(s?) who brought him down.

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Cronus wrote:Never seen Channel 4 squirm so much. Apparently his brother rang them to tell them he was still banged up. At least it diverted them from that expenses 'scandal' no-one actually gives a flying fck about.


Some of us very much *do* care about that...

But I agree wholeheartedly with the rest of your post - the security services and NHS once again prove that they are ready and willing to do things that very few of us could.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 9:48 am 
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Sadly, this is the world in which we all live.
There is little if anything that can be done to prevent this type of "attack", it seems like Nice but on a much smaller scale (thankfully).

There did seem to be tome hysteria whipped up by the media regarding this being an attack on parliament though ?

Horrible thing to happen and it is unlikely to be a one off.

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Quote:There did seem to be tome hysteria whipped up by the media regarding this being an attack on parliament though ?


Was it just coincidence that a car rented in Bham driven by a guy from the Midlands crashed into a fence that surrounds Parliament?? and kills a copper guarding Parliament.

Of course it's an attack on Parliament.






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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 3:32 pm 
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Exiled down south wrote:Was it just coincidence that a car rented in Bham driven by a guy from the Midlands crashed into a fence that surrounds Parliament?? and kills a copper guarding Parliament.

Of course it's an attack on Parliament.


It mowed people down on Westminster Bridge.
If Parliament was his target, why would you do that ?

Btw, I am in no way condoning the "terrorist" that carried out the attack, just questioning that this was a direct attack on Parliament.

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:23 pm 
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wrencat1873 wrote:It mowed people down on Westminster Bridge.
If Parliament was his target, why would you do that ?

Btw, I am in no way condoning the "terrorist" that carried out the attack, just questioning that this was a direct attack on Parliament.


Well, maybe he had a plan that involved MORE THAN ONE "target". Hard to conceive, I know, but probably just about possible.

If you somehow doubt that being prepared to knife to death a police officer stopping you, in an attempt to enter Parliament, wasn't a direct attack on Parliament, maybe you haven't thought it through.






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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 4:50 pm 
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Ferocious Aardvark wrote:Well, maybe he had a plan that involved MORE THAN ONE "target". Hard to conceive, I know, but probably just about possible.

If you somehow doubt that being prepared to knife to death a police officer stopping you, in an attempt to enter Parliament, wasn't a direct attack on Parliament, maybe you haven't thought it through.


Sorry Mr Ardvark for "not having thought it through".
For a lunatic, intent on attacking parliament to mow down innocent pedestrians on their way to "attacking parliament" seems a bonkers way to get to their intended target.
Surely, if you were trying to get to parliament, you would blend in with the crowd and then attack your target and not draw attention to yourself en route ??
Surely it is more likely that they had gone to cause maximum harm to the innocent pedestrians and then "risked" something else, almost as an after thought ??

This is just my take on it but, I clearly hadn't thought it through

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wrencat1873 wrote:Sorry Mr Ardvark for "not having thought it through".
For a lunatic, intent on attacking parliament to mow down innocent pedestrians on their way to "attacking parliament" seems a bonkers way to get to their intended target.
Surely, if you were trying to get to parliament, you would blend in with the crowd and then attack your target and not draw attention to yourself en route ??
Surely it is more likely that they had gone to cause maximum harm to the innocent pedestrians and then "risked" something else, almost as an after thought ??


Yes, on reflection, this seems much more likely. He picked Westminster Bridge at random, and then suddenly thought, why, fsck me, this bridge seems completely fortuitously to be bang outside Parliament, I'll try and have a go at that.

You have now convinced me that the location of Westminster Bridge next to the Houses of Parliament was purely co-incidental.






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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 7:17 pm 
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wrencat1873 wrote:Sorry Mr Ardvark for "not having thought it through".
For a lunatic, intent on attacking parliament to mow down innocent pedestrians on their way to "attacking parliament" seems a bonkers way to get to their intended target.
Surely, if you were trying to get to parliament, you would blend in with the crowd and then attack your target and not draw attention to yourself en route ??
Surely it is more likely that they had gone to cause maximum harm to the innocent pedestrians and then "risked" something else, almost as an after thought ??

This is just my take on it but, I clearly hadn't thought it through


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 23, 2017 11:19 pm 
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Ferocious Aardvark wrote:Yes, on reflection, this seems much more likely. He picked Westminster Bridge at random, and then suddenly thought, why, fsck me, this bridge seems completely fortuitously to be bang outside Parliament, I'll try and have a go at that.

You have now convinced me that the location of Westminster Bridge next to the Houses of Parliament was purely co-incidental.
I would think he probably picked it because it's a notable, busy, internationally-known landmark and somewhere where he could carry out the attack with relative ease. Appreciate that Parliament being there probably factored into his decision but it is a little disingenuous to say he was 'attacking Parliament' when he was attacking complete strangers outside.






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