Here’s a story about the heroic actions of a guy named Abdul Haji at the Nairobi mall massacre scene. Note the photo of the two rescuers with the guns; it’s a graphic demonstration of how guns are neither good nor bad, but it’s how they’re used that counts.
I hope this guy is well-protected. Of course, his whole family was already at risk even before this (as you’ll see if you read the article).
The plight of the Nairobi mall hostages, who had trouble telling perpetrator from rescuer for a while, also highlights the dilemma of knowing who to trust in these situations.
But despite the laudable and exceedingly courageous heroics of this man and so many others, why was the official response to the standoff so relatively ineffective for so long? The torture reports make me think that getting the jump on a situation such as this is absolutely of the essence, rather than merely trying to prevent the killing of hostages and stalling for time. With such vicious and barbaric perpetrators, the killing they do is only the final part of it.
Here’s an interesting comment to the PJ article:
You’ll have to forgive me if I’m not joining in the heartwarming hosannas here. I just read in the UK Guardian about the unspeakable atrocities inflicted on the hostages (that we won’t be reading about in the MSM) and I am not in the mood for string-plucking human interest stories.
I want to keep it civil so I’ll choose my words carefully: A single competent rifle platoon, landed on the roof, should have been able to clean that place out in two hours. Instead, hundreds of Kenyan soldiers, police and various “security” detachments, running around like headless chickens and striking dramatic poses for the photogs, managed to keep this pooch-screw going for FOUR doggone days…in a “mall” that looks about the size of a single downtown department store in Yanqui-land.
As the place was managed by an Israeli company I’m not surprised it was floated to send in the Israeli commandos to do the job…but I don’t have to be told to guess that little Kenyatta Jr. allowed himself to be shouted down by the Arab League.
This was an even worse show than the Mumbai follies. You may color me disgusted. However, given the quality of the performance art put on in the streets of Boston recently, our over-equipped, over-weight Homeland Security forces just may come close when it happens in the Mall of the Americas.
We don’t know the details, of course, so we don’t know whether this commenter is being unfair or not. But I wonder if we’ll ever know them. And meanwhile our MSM is doing its bit to not report on the worst parts. They’re “protecting” us—from the reality of what terrorists are willing and eager to do. The MSM’s motive? Promoting the favored liberal narrative, and making sure there’s no backlash against protected groups.