Celebrate the Diversity of Our Victims

The London Police Department did yeoman work in stopping the recent attack rapidly, as we discussed at the time. Their public relations work is not of the same caliber.
The commissioner of London's Metropolitan Police says the nationalities of the eight victims in the terrorist attack on London Bridge tell a proud story of London's unique makeup.

"It's desperately sad and poignant but among those who died is someone who's British, there are French, Australian, Canadian, Spanish," Cressida Dick told The Associated Press in an interview Saturday.

"In terms of our witnesses that we've spoken to so far, out of the 300-odd people, there are about 20 different countries of origin. And the London British population comes from all kinds of backgrounds and every kind of faith and ethnicity."
I guess people made the same sort of point after 9/11: the attack on the Twin Towers hadn't just killed Americans, but people from all over the world. However, the tenor of the arguments behind the similar points was different. The point being made after 9/11 was to call together a global coalition to fight terror, because this wasn't just an attack on America but an attack on the good people of the world. The point being made in London has more the tenor of: 'While we are sad, we can take pride that so many different kinds of people are suffering.'


tyreea said...

So the Islamists were indiscriminate killers?

Grim said...

Well, they only had eight minutes. If the London police were more understanding, like the Orlando police, they might have taken steps to spare the Muslims who could recite Koran acceptably. That has happened a number of times around the globe.