That terrorism campaign is working then

Which part of whose campaign is a little more difficult to work out of course:

For a heart-stopping hour, it appeared a nation’s collective worst fears had come true.

On Black Friday on Britain’s best known and busiest street, packed with Christmas shoppers, commuters and school children, it seemed that terrorists had struck. At 4.37pm, hordes of people on Oxford Street were convinced they had heard the sound of gunfire and explosions.

It was a false alarm, but whatever they heard – or for that matter didn’t hear – prompted a stampede for cover. Shoppers ran for their lives, certain they were under attack.

But that is the point of a terrorism campaign. To strike terror into the heart of the population. Thereby gaining leverage as people fuck it up themselves without anyone having to do anything.

17 comments on “That terrorism campaign is working then

  1. We are not the men or women that our Father and Mothers were.

    But then again–what percentage of a London crowd actually ARE British in this debased age.

    Courage should always be an admirable trait.

    The one worthwhile moment of DeGaulle’s life was when some assassin took a shot at him and the entire French crowd hit the dirt–except him.

    Possibly because he was too stupid to realise what was happening. But more likely because he was to proud to abase himself even in face of a bullet.

  2. It’s remarkable ISIS haven’t sussed this yet.

    I lived in London in the late 1980s early 1990s. I remember a period where there were several bomb threats, which caused absolute chaos, but no bombs (I think).

    All they have to do is to get a burner phone and tell the Police there’s a bomb in one of the big crossover points on the LU. It won’t kill anyone, but it will cause a fair amount of panic and chaos.

  3. And I can remember being in the middle of at least IRA bomb scare – at Victoria station in about 91 or 92. The response was quite orderly.

  4. There is a plaque in what used to be the downstair’s bar in the Army and Navy Club dedicated to a now sadly deceased regular who was in there when the IRA bomb went off outside. He came back to finish his pint a little later.

  5. Am I the only person who’s getting rather annoyed at this Black Friday hype, which is absolutely meaningless outside the US?

    Not least because I haven’t been able to find money off any of the few things I have still to get for Christmas …

  6. If they were a bit brighter they could cripple the UK’s economy. Unfortunately, the internet means that only one of them needs to be bright, and a few of them are. Expect more of this.

  7. Edward Lud

    Perhaps because the ira were quite sporting in letting us know of their bombs most of the time.

    They weren’t a death cult fixated on bloody slaughter for its own sake.

    Unlike this current lot

  8. I remember discussing this with my ex-wife after the 2008 London bombings. “What would you do if there was a bomb/attack/etc?”
    “Go and investigate” – no, go away.
    “Run away” – no, pick a random direction and calmly walk briskly away, keep walking for at least ten minutes.
    “Phone for help” – no, everybody else will be doing that clogging up the networks
    “Help other people” – if you can do so as part of calming briskly walking away.
    “But I’ll get lost” – find a road junction with a sign that has at least two numbered roads on it. That pinpoints you almost uniquely. “I’m standing by a sign that says A6101 and B6076”

  9. Ecksie

    Like the takeover of the Spanish parliament by Tejero in 1981.

    They fired shots into the ceiling of the Congress and all but three of our lords and masters sh*t themselves and hid behind the seat in front.

    Those that didn’t:
    – The President of the Government: Adolf Suarez
    – The Vice President and Minister of Defence General Gutiérrez Mellado who actually got out of his place and actually struggled with Tejero who was bigger and younger and tried to disarm him. Tejero tried to trip him but didn’t manage to and eventually G. Mellado sat down when Suarez ordered him to.
    and
    – Santiago Carrillo the communist leader. Mind you he was used to that sort of stuff. Most historians reckon he was responsible for death squads in the Civil War.

  10. Tim N

    Sick to my back teeth. Of all the things we have to import from the good ole’ US of A, Halloween and Black effing Friday.

  11. @jgh, November 25, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I remember discussing this with my ex-wife after the 2008 London bombings. “What would you do if there was a bomb/attack/etc?”

    .

    “Run away” – no, pick a random direction and calmly walk briskly away, keep walking for at least ten minutes.

    Yes, walk fast. Running draws attention and spreads uneasyness.

    Anyone watch Celeb Hunted? imho If Anneka had walked away, she wouldn’t have been noticed.

    “Phone for help” – no, everybody else will be doing that clogging up the networks

    Yes. Likewise, if your xxx dies at 3AM, don’t phone others – death can’t be helped/fixed – let them all sleep (no phone 2200-0800)

  12. “But then again–what percentage of a London crowd actually ARE British in this debased age.”

    Wrong question. What percentage are (classic) liberals who believe in the rule of law, free speech, freedom of association etc.

  13. “What percentage are (classic) liberals who believe in the rule of law, free speech, freedom of association etc.”

    England is not a ‘proposition nation’.

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