Yesterday a man drove a car onto the pavement of Westminster Bridge. He killed a few people – jumped out of his car and stabbed a policeman. The terrorist was then shot dead.
Shami Chakrabarti will no doubt be incensed that the terrorist was shot before he could kill more people.
The objective of the attack was plainly to kill civilians. Moreover, it was also to cause disruption. They want to ruin the tourist season. They wish to see Westminster Bridge closed.
One must investigate and repair any damage. AFter that things should return to normal. Only 3 people were slain in this attack. The terrorist does not count.
2 000 people die a day in the United Kingdom. Let us get this in perspective. We should not over react. We do not need more legislation or security funding. We should not change tack on foreign policy. I admit that most deaths are due to natural causes or accidents. It is more galling to have someone slain by malice.
Too much emphasis on this attack incentivises terrorists. They know that publicity will help the furtherance of their cause. We should not assist them by harping on about 3 deaths overmuch.
This attack chose a world heritage site because it would attract more coverage. The terrorists are excellent at media management. That is why they select high profile targets. This was also a lone wolf attack. These are impossible foresee. They cannot be prevented. One must be ready and vigilant. The security forces and emergency services did an excellent job in containing the situation.