Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Will they learn from the Sydney tragedy?

For me the tragedy in Sydney in which two innocent people were killed raises two critical questions.

The way police deal with hostage situations is one and the way the scumbag responsible for it was dealt with is the second.

First, as I said yesterday, the emphasis on negotiating with criminals is wrong. When they're threatening other people they need to be stopped at the first possible opportunity.

In this case the scumbag - well known to police and the rest of us - was clearly visible at windows on more than one occasion. That gave sharpshooters opportunities to end the danger to the innocent hostages.

But no, the plan is always to negotiate. As a direct result, two people are dead.

In this case in particular, given the history of the scumbag, they must have known that negotiating was totally useless. You can't - and shouldn't - even think about negotiating with a mentally defective fanatically religious criminal.

We still don't know how several of the hostages were shot. It could well have been in the crossfire when police stormed the building after shots were heard from inside.

There's always the danger of the innocents being caught in crossfire when dozens of guns are going off in an enclosed space.

The way to avoid that is for a sniper to shoot the perpetrator at the first opportunity.

It's too late for the two victims but I hope that for once lessons are learned and in future the emphasis will be on eliminating the perpetrator at the earliest possible opportunity. Any negotiating should be designed solely to lure him into the sights of a sharpshooter.

Second, the scumbag was given political asylum from Iran back in 1996. That's OK, until his true personality became obvious. That's when it should have been revoked and he should have been immediately deported back to Iran.
Years ago he came to our attention when he sent offensive letters to the families of Australian soldiers killed in action. Was he deported? No, he was given a few hours of community service.

Last year his ex-wife was stabbed and set on fire. He was charged with with being an accessory before and after the fact to the murder.Instead of immediately deporting him.

Earlier this year he was charged with over fifty counts of sexual assault. Still he wasn't deported.

At the time of the hostage taking he was out on bail.

Again, will the authorities learn from their mistakes?

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