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Comment: It took seeing this in animated gif form to come to the

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It took seeing this in animated gif form to come to the

Conclusion that it doesn't look right.

http://i.imgur.com/qlOXrDw.gif

That left palm to the head was seriously less convincing than most wrestling punches. You can't tell if the pistol connects to the politician's face on the second swing because it's behind the lectern, but it looks like the rest of the attacker's right arm visible above the lectern doesn't have the momentum to actually do any damage.

Was this staged to distract from the hostage crises? Are the two incidents connected and what purpose would this serve?