Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A Few Lessons from the London Terror Attack

The stories that are starting to come out about the London Bridge attack reveal some good information on what NOT to do.
       Kirsty Boden, 28, from Loxton, in South Australia, was attacked by the knife-wielding terrorists while coming to the aid of other injured people.  
           Her family have paid tribute to her, saying: 'As she ran towards danger, in an effort to help people on the bridge, Kirsty sadly lost her life.
             'We are so proud of Kirsty's brave actions, which demonstrate how selfless, caring and heroic she was, not only on that night, but throughout all of her life.'
               She is one of four people who have been named as victims of the horrific attack, which killed seven.
               A British Transport Police officer who tried to take on the London Bridge jihadis armed only with his baton has sustained 'life-altering injuries' after being stabbed in the face. 
                 The officer suffered injuries to his face, leg and hands as he tried to take on the knife-wielding extremists as they went on a crazed rampage along London Bridge and Borough Market on Saturday evening.
          However, a baker did a bit better while wielding two crates:
                 The baker, who was on a night-shift at the time, explained that when he went outside and saw two people stabbing others, he 'froze' and didn't know what to do. 
                   However, within seconds he acted and tried to stop the attackers from causing more harm. 
                     He told Romanian radio station ProFM: 'So I took a crate and threw it at the attacker and then ran towards him and used the other crate to hit him on the head.'
                        He added: '[Then] There was a car with a loudspeaker saying 'go, go' and they (police) threw a grenade.... and then I ran.'
                         Mr Morariu explained that when he saw that 'people were desperate,' he let about 20 people into the bakery and pulled the shutters down. 
                  I guess the lesson is that if you are going to fight to try and save others, or to save yourself, fight like a cornered rat because that, essentially, will be the situation. But also note that, while the people who fought back were able to save lives and drive the attackers away, they were not able to stop the attackers. Rather, that required people (in this case, police) with guns.

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