I had just finished watching a Resident Evil dvd at two thirty yesterday afternoon and minutes later the breaking news appeared on Sky that there was an 'incident' in London. We now know that an evil scumbag drove a car through pedestrians on Westminister Bridge, injuring many people in a terrorist attack. He then drove off the bridge, crashed into the railings around Parliament, and attacked unarmed police officers nearby at the gate into Parliament, tragically killing one brave police officer before being shot dead by armed police.
Words really do fail you when you watch this unfolding live on TV and online. The horrific photographs and videos online of the dead and dying were heartbreaking. All those people badly injured who might never recover from the trauma. Should people be filming the victims to share online instead of helping them? Should these photos be retweeted before families are informed about their loved ones being injured? Can you imagine finding out your relative might be dead by viewing a photo of it on Twitter? And lets not forget the moronic tosser who was using a selfie stick to pose in front of the carnage on the bridge.
I felt the anger that these scumbags think they have the right to murder innocent people for their twisted ideals. I so wanted to see him face justice for what he did. The other thing we saw a lot of was racism directed at all muslims online, as always happens but a lot was aimed at London's Mayor. The fury I felt that a minority of Trump supporters were saying on Twitter that London was reaping its rewards for having a Muslim London Mayor and having too many muslim citizens. How dare these ignorant people say such despicable things when people are dying? What is wrong with them? To basically say 'serves you right' sickened me and I had to show real restraint not to go and tell them what I thought of them. Would they have liked it if we made such cruel comments after 9/11??? But the poignant moment for me was the sight of former military man and current MP Tobias Ellwood trying to save the dying police offer, working alongside the emergency services.
My final word on this is to praise the emergency services especially the police. They ran towards danger to protect the people inside Parliament and civilians nearby with no thought for their own safety. Those unarmed police who tackled the terrorist with the knives are true heroes and one lost his life for it. Our intelligence agencies and police have foiled countless terrorist attacks over the years to keep us safe and deserve our praise for that. But nobody can prevent this kind of Lone Wolf attack however good our security services are. Nobody could have saved the poor people on the bridge. All we can do is try to be vigilant and aware and hope not to be in the wrong place if it happens. We must not turn on innocent muslims in our country who are NOT to blame for his actions and who could just as easily have been amongst his victims. We have to carry on and not let these evil bastards win.
My thoughts today are with the victims and their families.