“Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, added: ‘There was no need for the Chief Constable to apologise I regard it as puzzling. His force was only doing their job. It is established fact that Islamic jihadis are the most serious threat to the UK at this time and it was important that the demonstration should be as realistic as possible.’”
When a politician as compromised as Keith Vaz thinks your political correctness has gone too far, you’re really off the deep end.
Surrender of Britain Update: “Police chief apologises after fake Muslim shouts ‘Allahu Akbar’ in simulated suicide bomb attack at Manchester’s Trafford Centre,” Telegraph, May 10, 2016:
A police chief has been forced to apologise for featuring a fake Muslim shouting “Allahu Akbar” in a major counter terrorism training exercise against Isil.
The exercise had depicted a suicide bomber detonating explosives and opening fire in the middle of a busy shopping mall.
But critics claimed the depiction of the terrorist “stereotyped” Muslims during the mock up at the Trafford Centre, near Manchester which was aimed at testing the emergency response to an extremist attack in the wake of ISIS led assaults on Paris and Brussels.
Dr Erinma Bell, who describes herself as a “Community Activist in Peace & Conflict Resolution” blasted on Twitter:
Manchester University’s diversity officer Ilyas Nagdee posted:
The CommunitySafetyForum said:
Assistant Chief Constable Garry Shewan of Greater Manchester then said sorry after receiving several critical tweets about the exercise.
Later in a statement he added: “For the past 24 hours GMP, along with other agencies has been hosting a counter terrorism training exercise based at the Trafford Centre which began with a mock suicide bomber detonating a bomb outside the shopping centre.
“It is necessary for agencies including the police to train and prepare using exercises such as this so that we would be in the best possible position to respond in the event that the unthinkable happened and an attack took place.
“The scenario for this exercise is based on a suicide attack by extremist Daesh style organization and the scenario writers have centred the circumstances around previous similar attacks of this nature, mirroring details of past events to make the situation as real life as possible for all of those involved.
“However, on reflection we acknowledge that it was unacceptable to use this religious phrase immediately before the mock suicide bombing , which so vocally linked this exercise to Islam. We recognize and apologise for the offence this has caused.”
But Twitter user Spinderinabox said: “apologising for the truth? This country is too damn soft.” And Colin Piri wrote: “@gmpolice Why apologise? It’s a proven fact!!!”
Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons home affairs committee, added: “There was no need for the Chief Constable to apologise I regard it as puzzling. His force was only doing their job.
“It is established fact that Islamic jihadis are the most serious threat to the UK at this time and it was important that the demonstration should be as realistic as possible.”
The exercise had been hailed as one of the biggest counter terrorism training exercises to ever take place on these shores which 800 volunteers recruited to play the dead and wounded….