The more I hear about the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes, the more disturbing it all gets.
But here’s a question I haven’t seen asked or answered anywhere: is there any reason to think that would-be suicide bombers in this country have access to the kind of explosives that you can strap around your body? The “he was wearing a heavy coat on a summer’s day” defence of the shooting rather turns on the thought that there’s intelligence to suggest that they do. But if they do, then why have the bombers so far been carting around rucksacks packed with explosives and nails?
(This may have been discussed already. If so, apologies. I’ve been out of the country.)