Westminster attack: 'To pretend 9/11 has just happened in London is silly and beneath us' says Simon Jenkins

Westminster attack: 'To make this out as though 9/11 had just happened in London is silly and beneath us', says Simon Jenkins

The Guardian Columnist spoke to Julia about his column

Friday, March 24, 2017

A leading columnist has implored the media not to overreact to terrorist incidents, because to do so is playing into their hands.

The attack on Westminster drew global news coverage, and many politicians, including Prime Minister Theresa May, called it an attack on the values of democracy. 

But Simon Jenkins, a columnist for the London Evening Standard and The Guardian, said the media shouldn't blow this out of proportion and liken the attacks to the atrocities committed in America in 2001.

He said: "Covering the streets of London with armed police, wall to wall coverage, Westminster in lockdown, all we knew at the time was a man with a beard appeared to go berserk near to Parliament.

"He [Khalid Masood] was inspired [by Isis], that means nothing. Why give them [the credence? I can’t understand it, it’s doing precisely what terrorism is.

"The spectacle of a Prime Minister standing up in Parliament to say she’s not afraid effectively says the opposite.

"To make this out as though 9/11 had just happened in London is silly and beneath us. It doesn’t indicate a country resilient to terrorism, it indicates a country which is."

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