Is It Possible to Find the Right Words When They Seem so Useless?

I am writing this after I joined a comment thread on a local Gossip site.

Now, this group, until just prior to the election was announced, was very much a group like any other, where locals could ask for recommendations of plumbers, or nursery places. They could sell the odd item, or arrange meet ups for Mums. There was a running joke regards the large squirrel population in the area. It was mundane, to be specific, but not in a rude way.

Sadly, the minutiae of the local Duck pond being overgrown has given way to politics, to discussions on the current wave of terror attacks, and, frankly, it’s got really quite nasty.

This morning, I once again woke up to the news of a terror attack- because lets be honest, this wasn’t an accident and the div responsible, although clearly as mentally disturbed as the rest, knew what he was doing when he drove a van into people- and of course I am despondent that now it’s seems we have idiots who are going to fight attacks with attacks.

Which is not the way to deal with it, I condemn them for it whatever race they are. How we do tackle it, well, I’ve said previously I actually don’t know, but it’s not by seeking “revenge” on innocent people who probably were as angry as we all are that Manchester, Westminster and London Bridge have happened.

What has caused a massive discussion this morning on the residents group is that despite when there is a Terror Attack perpetrated by Islamic Extremists there will be a sympathetic post on the board swiftly. This time- none was forthcoming.

It has caused a massive debate actually that leaves a few of us shame faced that we could be called out on it. After all, as the original poster said, is it not so sad or deplorable if the people targeted are not white?

I have seen a few idiots post outrageous responses that actually made me respond with an apology and an assurance they aren’t speaking in my name.

But I also now wonder if we have reached a point where words seem useless? Where we don’t know what to say? Or, worse still, that we really have just become so immune to it as its so regular now, that we just carry on and breath a sigh of relief that we weren’t involved?

Is it down to the amount of recent tragedy- we are only a mere few days since the Grenfell Tower fire, which is set to have killed many, mostly poor, mostly immigrant or mostly poor immigrant residents.

We seem to be living in possibly the most uncertain of times this country has seen since the War.

There is political unrest in that we still don’t officially have a parliament, coalition or otherwise. The fact remains that even if we do end up with one it wont be what many of us want to see, and I count Conservative voters in that as I’m sure many wont be happy to join up with the DUP who want a hard Brexit and no rights for most at all.

People who aren’t the well to do few are disillusioned and waking up to the reality that their government really doesn’t care what happens to them, as long as they don’t have to view the poverty that is under their noses. The people are angry and are ready to march, or have marched. They may have always harbored a possibility that they were of little importance to the Government, but now the Tower stands as an eerie monument to that fact and its an uncomfortable thing to realise.

When I have found myself having to justify myself to the “angry white people” who blame Labour “hippies” and “bedwetters” (two of the politer things thrown at many of us) as well as the angry ethnic people too for saying I feel that the guy responsible for last night’s attack is clearly mentally unwell, and being told I am daft for saying that is the case for the Islamic Terrorists. But if these people- whatever side they are on- are carrying out these attacks whilst fully aware of the destruction and death they will cause without a care, then that truly is even more unpalatable.

I do not even know what to think anymore, and, as is constantly pointed out to me as a g Blogger- one who was previously seen as the mouthiest in fact- then we are screwed.

If we apologise, we seem to cause offense in that we are acknowledging the system is screwed against people.

If we acknowledge that the people we voted in- and thats Blair, May, Cameron, even further back- have caused this by interfering in things they did not understand, is that an acknowledgement that we are all partly responsible for not doing more, for being sheep who let out politicians guide us. Are we gullible? Are we too caught up in the media and what it tells us to believe and ignorant of what it doesn’t tell us? Is it blissful ignorance?

I truly wish someone could tell me.

I ache that this is such a constant thing now, that it’s unusual to wake up to a day not filled with horror of some sort of another.

But then again, horror is something that is a daily event in the countries that some of these terrorists feel they are sticking up for.

For all the songs, the candles, the posts on twitter. The condemnation. They are words, gestures.

They do not stop the flow of these attacks, and now the revenge attacks have claimed a life too.

I feel we should dwell on the simple truth that, either side of the cultures, we do condemn, we are horrified. The media may not report it but the Million Muslim March against terrorism happened and shows that the majority are united with us like we are with them in condemning this attack.

Do we ignore it and carry on, in the hope the lack of reporting and sorrow makes it pointless to carry out attacks if they don’t get a reaction? Who knows?

And there in lies the problem. We are not like these people. We do not behave as they do. For the most part, we go about our daily lives, we live in the same towns, and we may have differences in the way we dress, or worship. But we fundamentally agree that these attacks must stop.

Please feel free to comment, I am happy for debate but please be aware any racist comments will not be posted.

 

Fuck This, It Needs to Be Said.

There are lots of things that need to be said people.

Lots of shit that I don’t usually say for fear of the namby pamby snowflakes who believe the garbage churned out on behalf of Theresa and her useless lot by Murdoch moaning and pointing the finger and bitching at me for voicing what even they probably deep down know is spot on.

When did it become OK to bomb, stab, drive at and create fear in the entire country, if not Western Society? Because looking at my twitter feed last night, and the excuses made for the lacklustre, half arsed, soft approach, it’s deemed worse to speak out that something really does need to be done now of some actual merit.

How dare you say that, actually, I am sick to back fucking teeth of hearing yet again that people, going about their daily business, going out for a drink, with their mates, have been ruthlessly and sickeningly murdered. That its not even two weeks since the last atrocity, we’ve not even had the bloody benefit concert for it yet and they’ve struck again.

And by they, no, before you right on twats finger point and call me racist or liken me to an EDL member, or a skin head or any other such bullshit you want to throw (personal fave last night- I’m self important and a twat- for saying bloggers really should think before they tweet out fluffy shit before we’ve even heard the murdering scum have stopped). I am fully aware that this is not all Muslims, all immigrants, all male or female or old or young.

It is fucked up, crazed, mentally unbalanced fucking scum who does this.

What would you rather we call it? Misdirected?

Or would you rather- as again was chucked at me last night- shrug and say “life goes on” (until clearly it doesn’t and then watch when it hits one of their loved ones or an area they have mates or they actually grow a sense of reality and get their heads out their arses and realise this is not fucking on).

I am sick, of apologizing, for wanting to being able to take my kids to concerts, to days out, to anything, without feeling like it’s not a good idea. I want to be able to not have to dive across the living room before they turn the TV on and hear about atrocities happening an hour from our front door where their Dad grew up. I want Mini to have tuned into the Manchester Concert today without me fearing the worst after last night and bare faced lying to her that there has been a technical fault and it’s not showing live, so I can record it, just in case.

And frankly I am disgusted that in a country where we have battled in some of the worst World Wars there has been, that our Agents, our Police and our Government will no doubt say all three of these animals was “known” or one of the 25,000 (so you can almost certainly double that figure) on the Terror Threat list, that they watched and did nothing and have now killed 7 and injured many more.

They call this law the “Prevent” law. Pardon me, but doesn’t prevent mean we, Oh I don’t know, fucking stop shit like this from happening?

It should be at this rate be renamed “well, we sat with binoculars and watched them plot and fuck off back and forth to a known Terror training country, but hold on, now you’re burying innocents again, we’ll go and catch some others so we don’t look completely fucking redundant”.

At this rate, these little “oh you’re a racist” brigade would have balked at what people like my Grandfather did in World War Two- they’d have asked us to just sit tight and wait and see how many death camps Hitler had erected before asking them nicely and gently to stop.

Christ people.

None of you, none of you, like living like this, do you?

Yes, it’s an uncomfortable truth. But in previous times when there was a threat against our country, we interned people who could be a threat. The difference is these days we actually know who is a threat– there are fucking lists, actual lists, of these wankers. And those with dual nationality who hate us so much they plot against us, all whilst using our free NHS, our schools, our benefits and what have you- you know- the best of Britain- should be told times up and sent back.

You are either with us or against us. And when I see what boils down to white apologists bemoaning even other Muslims who say this is not in our name, this is not what we stand for, then the whole system really is cocked up.

Stop making it easy for the Government to pussy out.

I am British.

And I am ashamed to say I am afraid.

Enough is enough.

And to close- love and respect to London once again.

Stay strong.

 

 

 

Tunisia, Syria and Why Revenge Beheadings Against ISIS Should Be Condemned Too

Another month, another culture of fear whips up again, and, unsurprisingly, its stemmed from that appalling bunch known via the media as ISIS.

A whole day last week of what can only be described, despite their varying degrees, as shockingly depraved and wholy uncalled for.

Tunisia is somewhere I would’ve liked to visit. But I know now that I’m not the only one who is now using the past tense to descirbe my wanderlust to the beaches there.

Due to the events, and the media coverage, and Daily Mail maps showing supposed “Terror Cell hotspots”, Tunisia- always a Muslim country and with places tourists are advised to steer clear from to avoid causing offence- is now doomed to any chance of tourist activity. People are returning tickets in their droves.

But why?

How many of us still use the tube? Or buses? Or fly to America? How many still would visit France for a day trip sightseeing? Or to Northern Ireland for footie matches and to the beautiful coast?

All of these things, all of these places, have suffered acts of terrorism. Some more recently than others, of course. We still visit, we still use the tube. We simply carry on.

Of course, certain places are in a state where it would be pretty foolish to visit. Syria for example. And frankly, as an aside, those who do go over with the intention of joining the terrorists, then do us all a favour and stay. It saves our overstretched Police forces having to weed you out. As someone born and raised here, I hate that this minority- as it is a minority- are allowing the likes of Farage to gain more votes via his vile insinuations.

You only need look at how desperate others are to leave these areas, and smuggle themselves over here, to know we are all much better off where we are.

So, how do we deal with it? How do our governments plan on keeping the world safe, in a united effort?

Well, not like the average Syrians and their opposing forces have done in revenge attacks hopefully.

We all have the image in our heads of the likes of Jihadi John standing over an orange jumpsuited figure kidnapped for not agreeing with their warped beliefs. The photos, blurred as they are, are shocking enough for me personally, I can’t gauge why anyone would want to watch the propaganda ISIS then posts of the actual murder.

It now has emerged that Syrian Christians have turned the tables and murdered ISIS members they’ve captured in the same way.

I can get that they are pretty well entitled to feel anger, and want to defend themselves. But copying the style of the Jihadi murders just makes a mockery of their own beliefs.

Any religious, sane person should never turn to ritualistic killing. It makes them as bad as the people we all are told are the worst of human life as terrorists. Yes, I am not suggesting that they stand idle whilst their country and their relatives are blown away, however, any form of copycat behavior as disgusting as that used for its sensationlist properties and to brainwash the weak should be condemned no matter what side instigates it.

And what of our involvement? We all know the last time we joined in with the US, we were threatened and attacked for it. ISIS are something I don’t think we can currently beat, purely because they seem to be infiltrating every nation available.

We need to look at the root cause of what makes a usually normal member of society take their children across borders and live in poverty and war torn countries.

As for Tunisia, they should be applauded. Yes, so many innoccent people died, simply for being on holiday, on a beach, when someone clearly mentally unbalanced and high on drugs decided to kill people for not having the same beliefs. However, what of the unsung heroes- the hotel workers, also Muslim, who made a human chain? Or the Roofer, who distracted the guman by whizzing tiles at him from above? The hotel worker who chased him, throwing an ashtray at him shortly before he was shot? All with no regard for their own safety. They did not run and hide, they are good people and they outnumber the bad.

Tunisia will suffer for the actions of one person. But they are Muslims too, happy to have us in their country, helping to pay their wages, crying after the deaths of people they had sold drinks to, and fed, and smiled at.

In supposedly cleansing his country of infidels, he has done more to ruin his own people’s lives than those from a nation he wished to remove. What of the poverty he is likely to have caused to them? What does his religion, or the ISIS version of it, suggest regards hurting other Muslims?

I for one hope that we all use common sense and don’t desert what remains a beautiful, Muslim, country.