Thursday, August 26, 2010

Mayhem in Manila: What Should Have Happened

We here at Chez Alexandre have been following with great interest, the recent story out of the Philippines, where a disgruntled ex-policemen took a bus full of passengers hostage, and the responding forces bungled the rescue operation. As the dead are residents of Hong Kong, which is part of China, the international blowback is enormous.

And, according to Charles Shoebridge, former counter-terrorism expert with the British Army and Scotland Yard, completely avoidable.

[T]he officers involved in Manila's bus siege showed great courage - but they were not properly trained or equipped for the task.

Here are 10 areas where, in his view, they could have done better ...


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