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What I see in that set of 9 points is a rather delusional rationalisation. I am reminded of the noises the Coalition made before they went into Iraq.

Point 9 might as well read "We will be greeted on a carpet of rose petals".

It tells us far more about the "certainties" they impose on the world than it does about what is really happening.

keep to the Fen Causeway

by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Tue Aug 9th, 2011 at 10:28:09 AM EST
As far as point 3 goes:
The man shot over the weekend, who apparently pulled a gun before he was shot by the police, was himself a leading light in the drugs trade in that part of London. The riots that followed locally were simple retaliation.
it appears the most thorough journalistic job here is being carried out by the Guardian:

Mark Duggan: profile of Tottenham police shooting victim

Conflicting portraits of man whose death sparked Tottenham riot and London-wide looting
Mark Duggan handgun tests show conversion into lethal weapon
It is understood that ballistics experts have established that the firearm being carried in the minicab was a handgun which at one point had not been capable of firing - a replica, a starting pistol or a collector's weapon. But the firearm had been converted - as many illegal firearms purchased on the street are - into a lethal weapon capable of carrying live ammunition.


The firearms officer is understood to have told investigators that he opened fire because he believed he was in danger from a lethal weapon. Two shots were fired, it is understood; one hit Duggan and one missed, lodging in another officer's radio.

Forensic tests will establish finally whether Duggan fired his weapon at all during the attempted arrest last Thursday evening.

Economics is politics by other means
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Aug 9th, 2011 at 10:47:44 AM EST
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'No evidence' London man fired on police

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Wed Aug 10th, 2011 at 12:07:43 AM EST
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