Strange the U.K. Lowered the Threat Level to “Severe” from “Critical” Last Week
Ariana Grande, badly shaken by the terror attack at her concert in Manchester two weeks ago, went back to the U.S. but did the right thing by returning to the city, visiting children recovering in hospitals and preparing for the “One Love Tribute Concert” scheduled for later today.
The organisers’ decision to go ahead with the concert despite last night’s terror strikes in London is right, too. If it had been cancelled, that could have been a victory for those behind the attacks.
But yesterday’s incidents that have left seven dead shows how wrong the U.K. was in lowering the terror threat level last week to “severe” from “critical”.
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It was perhaps a strategic decision aimed at removing fear and panic among residents even as counter-terrorism actions continue. It has obviously not worked!
Joining Ariana at the “One Love Concert” today are many top singers / groups, including Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Take That, Robbie Williams and Black Eyed Peas.
Ariana is set to play in Singapore at the F1 Grand Prix in September later this year.
Another big event happening in the U.K. today, particularly of interest to Indian and Pakistani cricket fans, is the Champions Trophy match between the two South Asian rivals in Birmingham.
G Joslin Vethakumar