Thursday, March 23, 2017

London attack: Khalid Masood identified as killer

Attacker Khalid Masood who was shot at the scene.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-39372154
Summary:
Khalid Masood, 52 has been identified at the person who killed 4 and injured over 40 in the Westminster attack yesterday in London. He was shot dead by police, however 5 other men and 3 women have also been arrested in possibility of helping prepare this attack. It was also said that the Islamic State Group said it was responsible for this attack. Masood has had previous convictions in the past such as a knife crime in 2003,criminal damage in 1983, and public order offenses. Current investigation is still going on and a memorial was held yesterday evening in Trafalgar Square to honor and remember those who were killed in the attack. 

Connection:
I am also connecting this to the 9/11 attack. Even if this was much smaller, it is still an act of terrorism that drew international attention and will have to be monitored. Luckily police at Parliament were quick to respond and got the situation under control.

Questions: 
1. Do you think there will be more attacks in London or the surrounding areas in the near future?
2. Do you think police responded well? Explain.
3. What do you think the impact of this attack will be on the international community, especially the US?
4. How do you think the general public is responding to this? 

15 comments:

  1. I think people are assigning a stereotype of people of the middle east based on these terror attacks. because of events like these, I see comments everywhere online talking about how Islam isn't really a religion of peace or how Muslims are so violent and hateful people. but these stereotypes aren't right and people shouldn't go ahead and label a group of people like that based on occurrences such as this.

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  2. i agree with Alaina Bartfeld and i do think that people are stereotyping others base on how they look and what race they are. I don`t think that everyone should be label because of how they look and they should respect each other

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  3. The guy has had a history of long term drug abuse and mental illness. It was shown to not have any terrorist connections. General public will just fllow everyone like a herd. Easier to follow someone else than stand out on your own and make a different statement without fear of being told you're wrong by the person who follow everyone else.

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  4. I think that the police did a good job because they have people who are suspected to be involved. I think the impact of this event on the world is that people will become more aware that things like this can happen at any time and you never know where or when they will happen. I think it tells people to cherish their time alive a little bit more considering the people harmed in this attack didn't see it coming.

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  5. I agree with Alaina and Kimberly somewhat, but would like to qualify. I think it is important that we distinguish the Muslim religion from extremist ISIS practices. Muslims are not deserving of the label that ISIS has been given, in the same way that we shouldn't call ISIS a peaceful religion because it obviously is not. I think these lines have been blurred by many, as Alaina eloquently pointed out, and it's important that we distinguish that being Muslim is perfectly acceptable, and shouldn't be labeled as "terrorist" unless they are actually PROVEN to be extremist.

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  6. Muslims in the US have also been associated with the cultures of predominantly Muslim countries in the Middle East. Such countries, such as Saudi Arabia, have strong anti-women and anti-homosexual laws. One in particular is that women in Saudi Arabia are not allowed to drive unless on family matters or transporting children. This is clearly not representative of all Muslims, but one could see how a false narrative could easily be construed. If the US is interested in alleviating this, I suggest they start sanctioning countries with such unfair laws so that they change their ways and in turn the perception of the Muslim stereotype in America is revealed to be false. None of this is to say stereotypes are okay; you should always judge people on a case to case basis and not on a blanketed stereotype.

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    1. First of all, I would like to say thank you for both of the very well constructed comments. You touch on a lot of important topics that I was hoping someone would bring up in detail. Second, I agree with the sanction idea that you provided and I was really interested on what you had to say about it. Its unfair that a majority of people are seen for the actions of a few bad apples and I truly hope that changes in the future, not just for Muslims but other groups of people as well.

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  7. Hopefully not but there is a chance that terrorists are targeting France. But yes the police did a good job dealing with it because if he was really identified then it should be justified.

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  8. I think there will be possibilities on more attacks happening everywhere not only just London.I believe the police responded well because they at least caught the killer at that moment. Honestly there will be more attacks everywhere around the world all for different reasons. To this point every act of terrorism is still shocking to everyone no matter where in the world and who.

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  9. I think there is always a possibility of an attack anywhere for various reasons. I also think that the actions taken by the police were appropriate because the police had to ensure the safety of others. I think the general public will take into account the religious affiliation which leads to stereotyping. Stereotypes are common especially when it comes to terrorism and all it does is it makes it harder to have a unified front.

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  10. The way the police dealt with him was perfectly acceptable. We obviously would prefer if he was brought into custody, but in some situations that is not possible. I hope that the bombing will not cause society to associate Muslims with terrorists. Terrorists are not Muslims - they have created their own religion. As Austin has said, we need to be able to distinguish between the two. However, these terrorists are proclaiming themselves to be Muslim, and it seems that some people will associate their twisted religion with those of actual, peaceful Muslims.

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  11. I feel that this really did open up on how immigration can be kind of risky, because one doesn't know who is going in. However, I feel that this does not apply to all Muslims.

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  12. The police did respond in a good way because they caught the man who caused the attack. And did what they had to do to stop him even though he was killed. I think this will have a huge impact on the international community because it will make everyone more frightened and concerned about terrorist attacks making the situation worse.

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  13. I think that there is still possibilities for attacks in London and that there always will. I think the police responded well. I think the general public is shocked.

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