short range missiles to defend london olympic games? – 02min

Posted: May 15, 2012 in Uncategorized
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LONDON — “It looked like one of those things where you get free pizzas through the post,” Hilal Bozkurt said, describing the innocuous-looking leaflet that came through her mail slot recently. “But this was like, free missiles.”

The leaflet was from the Ministry of Defense, and it briskly informed Ms. Bozkurt that her building, Fred Wigg Tower, part of a sad-looking public housing project in a depressed neighborhood in an unloved corner of this city, had been selected as a possible front line against terrorist attacks during the Olympics. Because of the 17-story tower’s strategic location and “excellent all-around view,” the leaflet said, the military was considering installing a “high-velocity missile system” on the roof.

“The air defense system will be manned by fully trained, professional soldiers,” the leaflet said, adding in the “frequently asked questions” section that it would “improve your local security and not make you a target for terrorists.”

Ms. Bozkurt said she did not think that a residential apartment building, even one made of concrete and built in the pugnacious Brutalist style of the 1960s, was a suitable place for a pop-up military base featuring surface-to-air weapons able to travel at three times the speed of sound and hit targets more than three miles away in less than eight seconds. “It does frighten you,” she said.

The Ministry of Defense says it has not made a final decision on whether to use Fred Wigg Tower, in the borough of Waltham Forest, as a missile site, although “it would be sensible to be prepared for the worst,” Gen. Sir Nick Parker, commander of the British Army land forces, told reporters. – Source

Clearly the story is not as light-hearted as the image below makes of it, but, the department of defense is claiming a non-specific threat – I guess we can assume that excludes Mary Poppins. Tricky times to live in – when you can’t call the enemy by name, even when it might be in your best interest to do so.

There is no “specific” terror threat to the London 2012 Olympics, Defence Secretary Philip Hammond has said.

Check out AlbertMohler.com – The Briefing. Listen to full audio here.

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