Blair ‘desperately sorry’ for shooting

British Prime Minister Tony Blair says he is “desperately sorry” for the death of a Brazilian electrician shot dead by London police after being mistaken for a suicide bomber.

Jean Charles de Menezes, 27, was killed by police at Stockwell underground station in south London on Friday.

The commission investigating his death said Mr Menezes was shot at close range eight times, not five, as originally reported.

Prime Minister Tony Blair said he was “desperately sorry” for the shooting.

You can tell he really means it, too. He’s really, really sorry. He feels just terrible about it. It burns him up inside. It’s been keeping him awake at night. Honest.

Tony Blair: he means it, maaaan. He’s got that whole “I’m sincere, me” thing down.

Respect.

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13 Responses to Blair ‘desperately sorry’ for shooting

  1. Li

    I don’t doubt that Blair is truly sorry. I don’t doubt that the police responsible are also truly sorry, and quite disturbed by it. If I was a cop, pumped with the fear of being blown up, I’d have probably shot him too. It’s almost the only rational thing to do in an irrational culture of fear.
    This culture has been creating itself behind the scenes for years. Decades. We, after all, did vote for our leaders, and demanded from them a better way of life (economy) which they only know how to provide by taking advantage of the weak. And remember, our political leaders aren’t in total control. In fact, they’re barely in control at all. They are puppets just like us. There are factions everywhere, including shareholders of even small companies that have demands, even if they aren’t aware they’re doing it, that push us further toward subjecation of the weak. These aren’t even evil people, just people who through ignorance of the larger picture, assume that no toes are being stepped on in their persuit for greater wealth/happiness.
    Well, now the weak have a voice – no matter how disgusting it is. It’s like Marilyn Manson used to say when he was public enemy no.1 I am a product of America, and America hates me for what I am.
    These deaths are a consequence of the world getting what the world deserves. Next time it could be you or me.
    Makes me sick at times, other times I realise that I’m part of the problem, as I tend to turn off, and let these things happen around me.

  2. I don’t doubt that Blair is truly sorry about the damage this has done to him and to some of his agendas. I feel very confident that’s the full extent of his emotional response to this apalling fiasco.
    I imagine the cops who executed the guy, on the other hand, feel absolutely terrible. Which is of course entirely appropriate.
    >These aren’t even evil people, just people who through
    >ignorance of the larger picture, assume that no toes are being
    >stepped on in their persuit for greater wealth/happiness.
    I would strongly dispute this. You don’t become a major world leader through ignorance of the larger picture. You get there by being a sociopath.

  3. Or, in GWB’s case, through an accident of birth and by being extremely easy to control.
    And I have never demanded anything from ‘our’ ‘leaders’. I certainly have never voted for anyone who’s actually been elected, and I never signed no social contract with nobody.
    >And remember, our political leaders aren’t in total control. In
    >fact, they’re barely in control at all.
    This part i agree with and am very grateful for. They do however wieild a great deal of power over the great many people who are too stupid to realise this and who imagine that ‘we’ need them.
    I am contemplating becoming an anarchist for my birthday.

  4. Li

    >These aren’t even evil people, just people who through
    >ignorance of the larger picture, assume that no toes are being
    >stepped on in their persuit for greater wealth/happiness.
    >>I would strongly dispute this. You don’t >>become a major world leader through >>ignorance of the larger picture. You get >>there by being a sociopath.
    No, I wasn’t refering to political leaders. I was refering to shareholders in companies. To ordinary individuals like you and I. The demands we make are the things we buy, and the poilicies toward oil dictatorships we demand (like a said, even if we are unaware we’re demanding anything) which have to be paid for by someone; usually those who don’t have weapons.

  5. Li

    “And I have never demanded anything from ‘our’ ‘leaders’. I certainly have never voted for anyone who’s actually been elected, and I never signed no social contract with nobody.”
    You don’t need to sign anything. That would be like walking out of a restaurant without paying the bill because you didn’t sign a contract. There are things you use, like roads, telephone infrustructure, health care, that are provided by others in the society, like food is provided by the restaurant.
    I think you would have to be an amish hermet to deny making demands. When you use any kind of infrustructure, you want it to work efficiantly. It it didn’t, you would vote for someone else or protest.

  6. Fair point, fair point.
    Did you see “The Corporation”? One of the interviewees was a carpet manufacturing executive who, in line with your argument, had quite honestly just never thought about the (terrible) impact of his company’s manufacturing processes on the environment, until he read some book and had a road-to-damascus type conversion and jacked it all in. It was really quite heartwarming.
    If I truly had the courage of my convictions I would totally absent myself from this horrible sinking ship of a civilisation, become a self-sufficiency expert and go and live in a cave somewhere.
    I feel disinclined to do this though, and as such I do have to wear a certain amount of the responsibility.
    Only a very small amount, though, I think.

  7. >When you use any kind of infrustructure, you want it to work
    >efficiently.
    In my experience a great deal of public infrastructure works very inefficiently or not at all. I don’t complain about this; to the extent that it benefits me I’m grateful for its existence, since I maintain that I don’t feel as though I signed anything.
    Deliberately walking into a restaurant and ordering food, in full knowledge of the restaurant’s you-must-pay-for-your-food-afterwards policy is signing a contract of sorts.
    Simply being born into a society isn’t.

  8. Li

    “Simply being born into a society isn’t.”
    No definitly not. But owning shares, and using infrastructure and the like is what I was using as an equivalent.
    I liked The Corporation, except for the voice of the woman narrator. She had a whole emotionless, computer voice going on. I kept expecting her to say, “Core meltdown in 5, 4, 3…”

  9. I think she guest starred in an episode of The Simpsons once, delivering those very lines..

  10. Li

    Really? Cool.
    Was it a play on her voice in the corporation, or did they just use her because they liked her. I’m wondering if I saw the episode if i’d even get who it was.

  11. No, not really. Sucked in!

  12. Li

    Nah, nah, you were sucked in cos i never really believed you in the first place!! hahahah.
    asshole.
    😉

  13. Well, that’s me told.

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