United Muslims Against Terror

UMAT. I belong to no sect. Just a Muslim. I'm sick of people killing in the name of my religion. I'm sick of being called a terrorist. I'm sick of expectations to condemn and apologize for the actions of terrorists. They don’t represent me. I not only condemn but strongly oppose murder, beating of women, racism, war, suppression of rights and freedoms, ill-treatment of minorities, and suppression of democracy. I will not apologize for what I haven't done, I will make a difference.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

The Man killed in London ; Jean Charles de Menezes

Prayers for him and his family....

Another person lost to terrorism...

This bring up a whole new set of problems. Were the police right in their shoot-to-kill strategy? Were they not?

According to an eyewitness:
"He looked absolutely petrified and then he sort of tripped, but they were hotly pursuing him, [they] couldn't have been any more than two or three feet behind him at this time and he half tripped and was half pushed to the floor and the policeman nearest to me had the black automatic pistol in his left hand.
He held it down to the guy and unloaded five shots into him."

This almost sounds like the police didn't have to but they killed him. They had the guy cornered. With explosive technologies today, it's not like he needs to set up a fuse and light it up to blow up a bomb- these guys are using cellular phones and automatic timers as detonators, he could've done it with the push of a button and would have an even greater motivation to do so if he was dying after being shot anyway.

The real question is WHY the police let him get so close to the tube station. If he was considered such a great risk, why wasn't he probed earlier? Why wasn't he stopped when he walked outside his house wearing a winter jacket instead of being allowed to get so close to the general public. If it was a terrorist, he could have blown himself up even entering the tube station and still killed dozens.

The poor guy was shot by police although he apparently remains unconnected to any terrorist group or activities.

I'm just hoping that this doesn't lead to police taking out people of minority groups just because of a 'perceived risk'.

Hopefully this wouldn't cause the UK minorities and Muslim community to get more isolated. We need to be as vigilant as anyone else and help the authorities in curbing this threat...

Sources : EyeWitness on BBC http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/4706913.stm


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