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July 24, 2005

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Idyllopus

I hadn't read yet that it was a New York Jersey. Wasn't in the stories I was looking at yesterday in Guardian, BBC, NY Times. Don't you love it, an Asian who turns out to be Brazilian? A "padded" heavy winter coat that turns out to be a NY Jersey? Scotland Yard is still being mighty sketchy with the details. How the hell does an Asian man in a padded winter coat, who is said to be a suspect emerging from a suspect house, turn out to be an electrician on his way to work? The first eye-witness account I read,the one that is most widely circulated, describes Jean-Charles' panic and terror in a way that screams "innocent"! I read the account of the shooting and thought, oh no, innocent man, they assassinated an innocent man. And I wondered at the same time, why pump five shots into someone's head when two will do the job? And why, if they believed he was a suspect, not take the opportune moment of his tripping and getting him down to handcuff him? Then you've got someone to question. There are so many questions about this aside from the most obvious.

And the most obvious is terrible enough. Innocent man dead and the authorities dust the responsibility off their shoulders. Innocent man dead and many people are saying, "You can't be too careful."

As long as it's not them.

wanda

Tragedy doesn't even come close.
I'm suspect there are those being detained at Gitmo and in 'prisons' around the world, (because they were 'suspected of being involved in terrorism') who wonder if his fate might not have been kinder than their own.

"He who fights with monsters might take care lest he thereby become a monster. And if you gaze for long into an abyss, the abyss gazes also into you."
- Nietzsche

bitchphd

Yeah, this story broke my heart. When they reported having shot someone, I remember thinking, "god, I bet it was a total innocent, but I hope I'm wrong." Damn.

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