Tuesday, July 22, 2008

A Copy Cat Attack

Once again another Arab worker, again from East Jerusalem decided to use his vehicle – a conventional tractor-digger – to attempt to kill, maim and generally wreak havoc. http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?cid=1215331056523&pagename=JPost%2FJPArticle%2FShowFull

Today's "copy cat" attack took place just a few metres away from the famous King David Hotel where British Prime Minister Gordon Brown was staying until yesterday and Barak Obama will stay from tomorrow.

The attacker, wearing the large white skullcap favoured by religious Moslems, is an Israeli citizen from East Jerusalem with a criminal record, and was shot and killed by a policeman who had to bring the murderous rampage to an end. In this incident 23 people were injured, one seriously but thankfully no-one was killed except the attacker.

Perhaps now the construction companies will favour bringing labour from Romania and the Far East rather than local workmen after this second attack. The residents of East Jerusalem have seen a huge improvement in their circumstances over the years which puts down the theory that if given economic security all terrorism will disappear. It has been said that "Poverty does not cause terrorism but terrorism surely brings poverty".

Is this a new phase of terror, who knows? The police have already announced their intentions to review policing in the capital.

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