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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Compare and Contrast


How the Queen responded to the Manchester bombing:

The whole nation has been shocked by the death and injury in Manchester last night of so many people, adults and children, who had just been enjoying a concert.

I know I speak for everyone in expressing my deepest sympathy to all who have been affected by this dreadful event and especially to the families and friends of those who have died or were injured.

I want to thank all the members of the emergency services, who have responded with such professionalism and care.

And I would like to express my admiration for the way the people of Manchester have responded, with humanity and compassion, to this act of barbarity.

Elizabeth R.
Prime Minister Teresa May's statement:

"I have just chaired a meeting of the Government's emergency committee Cobra where we discussed the details of and the response to the appalling events in Manchester last night.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and the families and friends of all those affected.

"It is now beyond doubt that the people of Manchester and of this country have fallen victim to a callous terrorist attack, an attack that targeted some of the youngest people in our society with cold calculation.

"This was among the worst terrorist incidents we have ever experienced in the United Kingdom and although it is not the first time Manchester has suffered in this way it is the worst attack the city has experienced and the worse ever to hit the north of England.

“The police and security services are working at speed to establish the complete picture but I want to tell you what I can at this stage.

“At 10.33pm last night the police were called to reports of an explosion at Manchester arena in Manchester city centre near Victoria train station.

“We now know that a single terrorist detonated his improvised explosive device near one of the exits of the venue, deliberately choosing the time and place to cause maximum carnage and to kill and injure indiscriminately.

“The explosion coincided with the conclusion of a pop concert which was attended by many young families and groups of children.

“All acts of terrorism are cowardly attacks on innocent people but this attack stands out for its appalling, sickening cowardice, deliberately targeting innocent, defenceless children and young people who should have been enjoying one of the most memorable nights of their lives.

“As things stand I can tell you that in addition to the attacker 22 people have died and 59 people have been injured.

“Those who were injured are being treated in eight different hospitals across Greater Manchester, many are being treated for life threatening conditions and we know that among those killed and injured were many children and young people.

“We struggle to comprehend the warped and twisted mind that sees a room packed with young children not as a scene to cherish but as an opportunity for carnage.

“But we can continue to resolve to thwart such attacks in future, to take on and defeat the ideology that often fuels this violence and if there turn out to be others responsible for this attack to seek them out and bring them to justice.

“The police and security services believe that the attack was carried out by one man but they now need to know whether he was acting alone or as part of a wider group.

“It will take some time to establish these facts and the investigation will continue.

“The police and security services will be given all the resources they need to complete that task.

“The police and security services believe they know the identity of the perpetrator but at this stage of their investigations we cannot confirm his name.

What the American head of State and leader of the government had to say:

“I extend my deepest condolences to those so terribly injured in this terrorist attack and to the many killed and the families – so many families of the victims,” he said, describing his emotions on this “horrible morning of death”.

“We stand in absolute solidarity with the people of the United Kingdom,” Trump said. “So many young beautiful, innocent people living and enjoying their lives murdered by evil losers in life.

“I won’t call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that’s a great name. I will call them, from now on, losers, because that’s what they are. They are losers. And we will have more of them. But they are losers, just remember that.

“Our society can have no tolerance for this continuation of bloodshed, we cannot stand a moment longer for the slaughter of innocent people. And in today’s attack it was mostly innocent children. The terrorists and extremists and those who give them aid and comfort must be driven out from our society for ever.

“This wicked ideology must be obliterated – and I mean completely obliterated – and the innocent life must be protected. All civilised nations must join together to protect human life and the sacred right our citizens to live in safety and in peace.”
About which I would merely refer you to the comments of Jason Easley.  Two people who understand the gravity of the problem, and one person who wants to throw kerosene on the fire.  ISIS's man on our side, in other words.

2 Comments:

Blogger The Thought Criminal said...

I wonder how close the financiers of Al Qaeda, ISIS and other Sunni terror groups are to those guys Trump curtsied to and put his hand on the glowing globe with last weekend.

10:28 AM  
Blogger Rmj said...

The sad thing is, Trump thinks language like that makes him look strong.

Any day now I expect him to say "We are smart! We make things go!"

11:25 AM  

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