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According to a media report, an Ex SAS man who was in the service for 13 years and 10 years in the parachute regiment has suggested that the public should throw hot coffee and chairs at a knife-wielding terrorist.
He believes that if four or five members of the public start throwing hot coffee, chairs, bottle basically anything that they can get their hands on a knife-wielding terrorist, then it would be the terrorist that find themselves with a problem and the public could protect themselves from harm.
Is this advice, practical considering that in order to be able to undertake those suggestions members of the public would have to be in either a restaurant, cafe or places that serve hot drink? So what do you do if you are walking on a public bridge where you do not have any of those weapons at hand, your only course of action is to run.
The seven people that were stabbed in Borough Market were stabbed at random and according to the media, the terrorist when into pubs and bars to undertake their vile behaviour, and I assume that there would have been chairs in the bars and pubs.
It is important that we are given advice on how to protect yourself if we ever come across terrorism, but it is also important that they are effective advice and we have to appreciate that human being act differently in situations, there is the have a go brigade, the frozen brigade and I am not doing anything brigade, and this is the nature of being human.
So, whilst I do not believe that the advice of a former Ex SAS person should not be taken lightly, I personally believe that caution is needed and it depends on where the knife-wielding terrorist attack bearing in mind that the vast majority of human beings will freeze when they are faced with death defying circumstances.