This is quite chilling when you stop to think about it….
He prayed, bag went bang
A TEENAGE Tube passenger told last night how he watched a “possessed” suicide bomber mutter a final prayer — before his backpack exploded.
James Boampong, 19, said he saw the olive-skinned man mumble to himself on a station platform.
James said: “His face was motionless. It was like he was saying a prayer.
“I remember his eyes, it was like he was possessed.
“There was no emotion. He was nodding his head up and down. He definitely was not speaking in English.”
The man, at Stockwell station, then boarded the Tube train bound for Oval and stood in the middle of a carriage.
James followed and kept watching the man “because he was suspicious”.
He added: “The backpack was black and all puffed out.”
Thirty seconds before the train pulled into Oval station there was an explosion.
This is the part that many people in this country, especially on the left, still just don’t get. This guy thinks he’s going to eternal paradise for killing people…. Promising eternal life complete with a full compliment of virgins is well- powerful mojo. Short of lethal force, how do you stop these people if it is a religious belief to them?
We really need to decided how many deaths is enough. So we let terrorists kill 100 per year? 200? We want an open society and at least some of us don’t want to do anything to stop terrorism, so at some point we have to decided how many suicide bombers we accept. No, I’m not being facetious.
We accept (inventing a number) 100,000 deaths per year by automobile because the good outweighs the bad. How many suicide bombers per year is below our collective threshold of pain? Or more accurately; how many suicide bombers do we accept before the cure hurts less than the disease?
It is a question that ain’t going away.
James said: “There was this loud bang, I can’t describe it. Then there was a lot of smoke coming from the bag.”
He said panic immediately swept through the carriage and added: “Everyone dived to try and get to the back of the carriage and into the next one, but we couldn’t.
“There was this woman who was crying hysterically. Everyone was just panicking and looking at the man.”
But the bomber remained where he was and DENIED he was responsible.
James said: “By now the bag was on the floor and he kept saying, ‘No, it’s not me, it’s not me’. He was standing there all on his own in the middle of the carriage with smoke coming from his backpack. …
James said: “It all happened about 20 seconds before we got to Oval and when we got there the doors opened and everyone ran out.
“But the bomber tried to get away and some men — I think about three of them — tried to jump on him and stop him getting away. They were trying to hold him down but couldn’t.
“The bomber ran up the escalator — but the one that was for people coming down to the platform — and got away.”
Yo know- We Americans consistently get belittled as being too willing to use force. And I’m not trying to insult our British friends… But (genuinely) do you see this guy getting away in New York????
Maybe my arrogant American side is showing but I wouldn’t have wanted to be him for that 20 seconds before the door opened if that were here in the States. I don’t know the layout of the train etc but I just think in my gut that this guy wouldn’t have made it out the door except on a stretcher in this country. We would have killed the guy. I’m not saying the Brits did anything wrong – I just think it is a cultural difference. YMMV