Politicians routinely use the word “cowardly” for terrorist attacks and so they did for Saturday night’s events at London Bridge-Borough Market.
But they weren’t cowardly at all really, were they?
The attackers were boldly, brutally self-confident, when faced with Saturday night revelers. Eyewitnesses have described how the three men ran up to a girl brandishing their knives and calling out “this is for Allah” as they stabbed her over and over and over.
Others have recounted the callous confidence with which they went about slitting throats and dispatching their innocent victims to their deaths.
This was not cowardly at all but rather too confident. It suggested that the attackers were unafraid to die while executing the attack.
As has often been pointed out, it is very hard, if not impossible, to argue with (or fight) the merchants of death.