Sadly, it appears that a man shot dead by police at a London tube station had no connection to recent terrorist incidents.
A man shot dead by police hunting the bombers behind Thursday’s London attacks was unconnected to the incidents, police have confirmed.
The man - thought to be Brazilian - died at Stockwell Tube in an incident Scotland Yard described as a “tragedy”.
Two other men have been arrested and are being questioned after bombers targeted three Tube trains and a bus.
If another innocent has died, that’s another small victory for the terrorists.
This death reveals one of the greatest weaknesses of the whole blogging thing, namely the rush to comment with only the sparsest information available. I’ve read no end of (mostly US) blogs saying something like: “Hooray for the British bobbies; they nailed a bad guy!” Are they still cheering?
Strangely, at least one is. Blogger La Shawn Barber writes
According to the AP, the British police shot the wrong man. But they had the right idea. Unfortunately, terrorist sympathizers will use this incident to spew forth new PC â€œargumentsâ€ about why we shouldnâ€™t use racial/religious profiling to stop Islamofascists.
Donâ€™t become faint of heart, Americans! Loss of innocent life is a casualty of war. Just asked Muslim terrorists, who kill hundreds of innocents every week.
I find it more than a bit disturbing that someone of LB’s Christian convictions appears unmoved by this taking of an innocent life. Of course, it is understandable that the police acted as they did. But they’ve admitted they made a tragic error. I see nothing in this incident to gloat over. As for using the fact that terrorists kill innocents as a justification for our doing it… words fail me. I thought we were supposed to be better than them.
Update: The dead man has been named as Jean Charles de Menezes, aged 27.