Thursday, June 03, 2010

Random shooting

Police in Cumbria are examining more than 30 crime scenes after local taxi driver Derrick Bird shot dead 12 and injured 25 before taking his own life. Eight of the 25 are seriously injured, three critical.

There is no sense to be made of this – none at all. Like it or not, though, it puts the Gaza "flotilla" episode in perspective and the very juxtaposition, time-wise, makes comparisons inevitable. On the one hand, you have "jihadists", tooled up and deliberately going out of their way to provoke violent confrontation, with nine of them ending up killed.

In yesterday's incident, twelve ordinary people going about their daily business, in a peaceful corner of rural England, are gunned down by a "nice" man in what appears to be a random shooting.

And who are the real victims?