Israeli experts criticise French handling of siege
AFP - Israeli security experts on Friday heaped scathing criticism on the French police's handling of a 32-hour siege involving a gunman who killed seven people, three of them Jewish children.
That's granted. In fact among our CT unit we already have different approaches and tactics. Between the GIGN, the Raid, the 1st RPMIA, the cultures and know how are different (even if those units train regularly together). This is even more true when you compare countries to countries. Except the equipment and basics i don't think that the operational culture share so much commonalities between the SAS CT squadron, the US SWAT, SRT, SOG or HRT, the german GSG9 or SEK or the Israeli Sayerets (don't even know which one is intended to operate in similar cases).I think there are different approaches and tactics to the same situation.
And you are right, political situation is (unfortunately) a big operational factor here. And often a factor of screwing up
His former psychologist gives us his pinion on Mohammed Merah, from an "anxious, narcissistic and fragile boy" he became a "cold blooded predator unaffected by what he is doing".
Apparently Mohammed Merah should have received treatments and psychologic care and such...
And the weapon used in Toulouse and Montauban has been retrieved.
But Camera has said it also few posts above. Culture of criticism is not something very developed in our country, because especially of the bipartisan polarization of the political chess. See, if i dare to criticize the operation (me or those who know better in fact like former SF team leaders) we would be labelled anti-Sarkozy. If i praise the operation (even if there are some areas which obvously "laissent à desirer" ) i would be labelled as pro-Sarkozy
I think that lessons should be understood from the event (in all areas, Raid SOPs, DCRI functions and manpower, function of the PMs like Guéant, function of the journalists, function and role of the society/local mosquees and imams/influence of internet jihadi sites ..... and so on and so on) without the scope of bipartisanism
But it's a "voeu pieu" from my side
In my opinion too, it's a pity that a constructive debate can not be held on any of these areas without being politically exploited. It's sure that the elections context is not helpful for that, but even in ordinary times critics are too often serving an agenda and not really intended or not really perceived to be constructive.
2X to Mordoror's post
and 2X to yours. A friend one said, politics is part of the human behavior. How to remove that aspect, is a solution that may be impossible to find. So we will always be stuck with this dilemma. Some how rational behavior and people just does not seem to mix.
Police quiz Merah's 'proud' brother
[*******#333333][FONT=Arial]Anti-terrorist police in Paris are questioning a brother of Islamist gunman Mohamed Merah to determine if he played any part in deadly attacks.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#333333][FONT=Arial]Abdelkader Merah was flown to Paris from Toulouse along with his partner and taken to the headquarters of the domestic intelligence agency (DCRI).[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#333333][FONT=Arial]Mohamed Merah admitted killing seven people in execution-style gun attacks before dying in a police siege.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#333333][FONT=Arial]Abdelkader reportedly told police after the attacks he was "proud" of him.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#333333][FONT=Arial]His mother was released without charge on Friday evening.[/FONT][/COLOR]
[*******#333333][FONT=Arial]Investigators are trying to establish if Merah, a 23-year-old French citizen of Algerian descent, acted alone.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-17499831[/FONT][/COLOR]
Merah felt 'endless pleasure' during school massacre
As his house lay under siege, Toulouse terrorist Mohammed Merah admitted to police that he felt 'endless pleasure' during Ozar Hatorah attack; wished he could have killed more[/FONT]