Terrorism is the process of manipulating the public’s perception through the fear of violence.
Thus speaks the master strategist: When your public is scared, scare them fucking more.
The master strategist understands that there are strategies within strategies. A retreat may be a preparation for an attack. An attack on the left may be a distraction to get the foe to open up on the right. Simulating a terrorist attack that scares the shit out of people may be a good way to get a bigger budget and it’s a great way to spend some money while running around with a lot of Segway soldier gear. [daily mail]
Britain prepares for its nightmare scenario: Police stage mock Tunisia-style ‘marauding gun attack’ on streets of London in biggest ever counter-terrorism exercise in the UK:
- Two-day ‘live play’ exercise at Aldwych near Covent Garden includes 999 services and intelligence agencies
- Armed police, the military, SAS and spies stage extraordinary show of force to test reaction to a terror attack
- Actors posing as members of the public seen with fake severed limbs and emerging from a hostage situation
- Exercise, which recreates a terrorist incident at a tube station, comes amid fears of a ‘lone wolf’ attack in the UK
- It follows similar ‘marauding’ gun attacks in Mumbai, Sydney, Paris and the Tunisia shooting on Friday
This all took place in 2015.
Operation Strong Tower is a ‘noisy and visible’ practice run for more than 1,000 Met police, armed forces, transport workers and Whitehall officials.
The strategic genius does not name operations after dildoes. You do not have to be Sun Tzu to know that.
Civilians were recruited into participating, just as they would “involuntarily participate” in a real terrorist incident.
Here is the problem: it was a real terrorist incident. What you had was a bunch of utterly clueless cops scaring the shit out of a bunch of civilians by demonstrating to them, conclusively, that the people who were there to protect them: couldn’t.
Some civilians were made up as casualties, so that the police could practice how they would cope with an utter disaster that they had failed to do anything useful about, if such a disaster happened.
The premise of the exercise, presumably, was to practice, so that if there were a mass casualty event, they’d be able to handle it better. The question a strategic genius would ask is: did they handle yesterday’s terror attack any better as a result of this exercise, or not? Well, they killed the attacker, but there were three dead civilians, 40 injured, and one dead cop (the attacker knifed him). It does not sound like the simulated 2015 attack moved the preparedness needle very far in any direction. Because, realistically, what are you supposed to do? Walk everyplace, ready to duck and cover? Have everyone carry a gun and wear body armor, everywhere? Always be ready to shoot someone who looks suspicious, like US cops do to black people?
I do not doubt the sincerity of the cops involved in this exercise, and I do not question the dedication of the medical personnel, first responders, etc, who were involved in this exercise. They probably had nothing but the best intentions.
Whoever came up with this one, however, was a strategic genius cast from the same mold as George Armstrong Custer, or Lucius Aemilius Paullus. They should have the reins of command gently, and unthreateningly, taken from their hands, and they should be put in charge of a lemonade stand someplace. A lemonade stand with paper cups and no glassware or sharp objects.
When you have a ruthless enemy, you must show them your strength, and resolve. You must be competent and organized. You must be calm in the face of danger. You must not take counsel from people whose idea of how to handle dangerous affairs is to smash things.
Simulating having your mangled corpses dragged in defeat from the battlefield: leave that to the US Confederate Civil War Reenactors.
This apparently actually happened. When I stumbled across this (quite by accident!) I thought “surely, this is a joke” but there is plenty of documentary evidence. If you are like me, you’ve probably read this in disbelief. So I feel like I need to disclaim: I am not trolling you.