Friday, July 22, 2005

The Chicago Way....

Sean Connery, as the character Jim Malone in the movie "The Untouchables," famously said when giving advice to Kevin Costner playing Eliot Ness --

Malone: You said you wanted to get Capone. Do you really wanna get him? You see what I'm saying is, what are you prepared to do? Eliot Ness: Anything and everything in my power. Malone: And THEN what are you prepared to do? If you open the can on these worms you must be prepared to go all the way because they're not gonna give up the fight until one of you is dead. Eliot Ness: How do you do it then? Malone: You wanna know how you do it? Here's how, they pull a knife, you pull a gun. He sends one of yours to the hospital, you send one of his to the morgue. That's the Chicago way, and that's how you get Capone! Now do you want to do that? Are you ready to do that? Eliot Ness: I have sworn to capture this man with all legal powers at my disposal and I will do so. Malone: Well the Lord hates a coward. Do you know what a blood oath is Mr. Ness? Eliot Ness: Yes. Malone: Good, cause you just took one.
Well, in London this morning, we saw the blood oath that Britain has taken following the attacks of 7/7 and the botched attempts yesterday. As a British anti-terrorist unit tailed an individual they believe to have been involved with yesterday's failed attempts, they followed him from his home to another subway station. Suspicions were already aroused on account of intelligence information, but the suspect wearing a padded coat on a summer day in London added heightened concern. Reports are that when the suspect did not heed warnings to stop, he ran and jumped a subway turnstyle. He tripped, British officers tackled him and, while they had him pinned down, proceeded to shoot him five times. Overkill? Excessive force? Police brutality? No. They were sending a message to al Qaeda. The rules have changed and shoot to kill orders are in place now. This is war. Britain has adopted the Chicago way and that's how you get al Qaeda. UPDATE: Wanted to add this link to Jim's story. It is several eye witness accounts to the altercation this AM.

5 Comments:

At 7/22/2005 09:53:00 AM, Blogger MR JMS said...

As one of my colleagues pointed out though as I commented on how hard core this was... Did they hold him down because British cops are pansies and can not shoot a moving target?


Anyways, Blair was right to give the shoot to kill order. Send a message that they will not take this lying down.

 
At 7/22/2005 10:01:00 AM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

If these were ordinary London bobbies who are used to only carrying nightsticks around, I'd probably agree about not being able to shoot a moving target. From what I hear though, these guys that they sent in are used to using guns.

 
At 7/22/2005 04:07:00 PM, Anonymous NoVA Scout said...

It's not as dramatic as you make it sound. It's not like a shoot-first-ask-questions-later edict has gone out. A technical problem with subduing a suicide bomber is that he can detonate fairly readily even if you have him pretty well under control. The only remedy is something that very quickly immobilizes all of him. Usually a 9mm to the brain will have the desired instantaneous effect, four or five rounds most certainly will. We don't know yet whether this suspect was indeed carrying explosives, but he seemed to be taking evasive action and was trying to board a train. He also was heavily dressed for the season. One hopes the police didn't make a mistake, but given the circumstances as we know them, they had to think very quickly and no doubt had been trained to kill very quickly to avoid the chance that the suspect would trigger a charge.

 
At 7/25/2005 07:36:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Follow-up: oops!

 
At 7/26/2005 02:58:00 PM, Blogger Riley, Not O'Reilly said...

Yeah, oops is right. If you're going to go Chicago on your enemies, make sure first that the one you do so on is in fact on their side. To use another Untouchables analogy, this is like Eliot Ness's raid in the beginning of the film where he cracks open the crates expecting bootleg liquor and instead finds umbrellas.

 

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