It could've happened to any one of us.
Family or friends come and visit Hong Kong, or perhaps you come to visit Hong Kong. You decide to visit Manila and join a sightseeing tour. You have a great time. And on the final day of the trip, you are taken hostage by a crazy guy with a rifle. The event ends in a brutal, tragic bloodbath.
The scary thing was, why didn't the police force do anything (until the end)??? Why wasn't anything done to try to rescue the hostages? Why were they so slow and incompetent? People's LIVES were at stake!!! They had more than EIGHT hours and we all see from TV coverage that the hostage-taker appeared quite calm and restrained near the beginning. Why did it take so long for the police to respond? If the police were able to shoot him at the end, AFTER he killed so many innocent lives, why hadn't they shot him earlier BEFORE he went utterly mad??? Why didn't they just oblige to the hostage-taker's demands so that LIVES could be saved? It wasn't even MONEY that he wanted- he just wanted to be reinstated!
AND WHY IN THE WORLD WOULD THAT CRAZY GUY TAKE HONG KONG TOURISTS AS HOSTAGE????? I mean, he didn't even know them, they weren't Filipino- what made him think that his government would give him what he wanted if he took hostages from Hong Kong???
My heart and prayers go out to all the victims, all the survivors, their families and loved ones. The ones who risked and sacrificed their lives to save others are to be commended. The survivors have a long way to recovery, that is, if they are ever able to recover from such a tragic, traumatic event. I think all people in Hong Kong are feeling the same way I'm feeling right now- sadness, anger, shock, disappointment... And if we are mourning this way, how much more affected are those who've lost loved ones in this hostage-taking....
May the victims rest in peace.
How unpredictable and fragile life is.
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