How to survive a terrorist attack - read this

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Friday, July 18, 2008

New York citizens probably never had training in how to survive a terrorist attack, but for Beijing residents and visitors to the Chinese capital next month, there's a interesting reading in a newly-published manual on how to survive a terrorist attack.
What's more, there's also some big prize money on helping catch a terrorist. This, as we know, could be any foreigner, but is more likely to be a Muslim, black, or at least bearded.
Now, personally, I find this to be a little too much overkill, so to speak. And also there is something very, very wrong, when a country like China is spending so much on hosting the Games, using police and military and armed guards, just for a few weeks in August. While at the same time, millions of Chinese living in poorer parts of China are not getting help preparing for events which are more likely to happen: earthquakes. Like the one which hit Sichuan earlier this year and showed not only were many buildings not able to withstand a quake, but also that the emergency response (while large in numbers), lacked the skills and equipment to save lives.
But in the same way the CCP has turned the quake into a rallying 'how great is China' affair, they are using the unfounded external threats of a terrorist attack to unite Chinese, in the face of a sharemarked slump, a housing bubble bursting, rising inflation and an economic slowdown (the last four quarters have shown a marked slowdown in the economy).
While China has also been making an effort with the Games as a catalyst for more people to learn English and to improve behaviours (more civilised behaviours), perhaps they could make more of an effort to work on those things: ensuring everyone has access to basic living needs; improving behaviours towards each other and the environment; realising that China is part of the world, not the centre of it.
While the Olympic will be a good time for China, I foresee dark clouds on the horizon, and fresh challenges that will test China and it's system.

But I guess first we got to survive those terrorist attacks, eh?



Manuals issued to help citizens escape terrorist attacks

BEIJING -- China's Ministry of Public Security on Thursday issued a manual to help citizens survive terrorist attacks as the country was tightening security in the last-minute preparation for the Olympic Games.

Chinese police invited experts in this field to work out such a manual to teach citizens how to discover possible terrorist attacks, to take proper actions in face of such attacks and minimize damages.

The book included 39 scenarios of terrorist attacks including explosion, arson, kidnap, shooting and even attacks of chemical, biological and nuclear weapons.

It teaches people how to identify suspicious substances, for instance, a bomb, and how to help themselves and each other in such dangerous conditions as being kidnapped by terrorists.

"What to do after being abducted? Please try your best to stay calm. Don't fight back, don't meet kidnappers' eyes, don't talk, move slowly and try your best to hide your communication devices," the manual said. "Lie face down on the ground when the police attack the terrorists."

"The book is practical. If correctly following its instruction, citizens are very much likely to escape and even stop a terrorist attack," the statement said.

Beijing and other Olympic co-host cities are stepping up security measures. Airports in these cities will adopt twice security checks from July 20 and passengers are required to show their IDs to buy bus, train and ship tickets to these cities. The police have set up checkpoints along the highways in and out of Beijing.

The police also announced awards ranging from 10,000 to 500,000 yuan (1,449 to 72,463 US dollars) for people providing useful tips to stop serious crimes during the Games.
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