Soldier “Beheaded” in Woolwich (South East London) by Two Attackers: Video of Alleged Attacker

ITV is having YouTube versions pulled for copyright reasons. You can view it on their site here.

The story is still developing but there is already a furious online debate about the media’s characterization of the attackers in the opening minutes of this event. There are also charges of racism, actual racism, and the usual debates over immigration and the definition of terrorism. Expect the gun control debate to start at any minute – No, wait. It started immediately.

It’s all sort of exhausting really.

Somehow though, somebody had the guts to stand there and point a camera at an angry man drenched in blood and wielding a very large knife. Is this heroic or stupidity of the highest order (or perhaps something else)? I’m not sure really. Still, it is immensely helpful in understanding what happened and perhaps, to some extent, why. Call this attack whatever you like. I think it speaks for itself.

I’ll continue to update on Twitter.