A Tragedy in Paris, a repeat performance

November 14, 2015 • Opinion • Views: 772

I spent last night sat at home with a beer watching France against Germany on the TV. The dog kept trying to get on the sofa. And then a huge explosion went off. Right there in my front room. The players looked around, confused. Fans of both teams stood on the pitch.

Paris had been attacked again. A tragedy.

A huge swell of sadness has struck the western world and prayers are being sent out from all directions, just as they did when Fusilier Lee Rigby was killed in London.

In fact, the situation seems so similar that we have published this article below, from more than two years ago, to illustrate just how little is changing, and how  it is time more of us took stock of the tragedy we ignore every single day.

Our government will talk endlessly about Liberty now, but these incidents only help to take away the civil ones we all have, particularly privacy. Whether that is right or wrong is another issue. The more important one, the one to get upset about,  is that innocent people are killed on both sides of this War on Terror while ‘elites’ on both sides continue to keep it going. It is not ideological, it is not protective, it is good for business.


May, 2013.

A Soldier Died Today

Words by: Ryan Child

“We swear by almighty Allah we will never stop fighting you,” he said, his long dark fingers covered in blood.

“The only reason we have done this is because Muslims are dying every day.”

According to Human Rights Watch, an international non-governmental organization that conducts research and advocacy on human rights, 1,000 civilians died in Afghanistan in 2006 alone. The Guardian reported that 20,000 have been made homeless and have perished because of famine as a result of the War on Terror.

Famine? It’s that African problem we have donated more than £750 million towards since Red Nose Day started in 1985.

He is wearing a dark jacket with those pellet sized buttons that slip into loops. Blood is not dripping from his hands. They are so red it is like his act is an act.

“This British soldier is an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth,” he says.

He is wrong about that. Depending on which source you believe, between 8,000 and 12,000 allied troops have died since George W Bush declared war on terror.

That’s compared to a study by Opinion Research Business, an organisation that ‘specializes in high quality research in complex environments, which found that around 1, 000, 0000 Muslim’s suffered violent deaths by mid-2007 in the war of terror. That figure, from a company that has the motto ‘One World. One Standard,’ only includes conflict within Iraq.

In South London women and men saw a man that looks like and talks like an average south Londoner murder a soldier.

Before he walked off to be shot, the man of faith justified himself by saying “the women had to witness this today but in our lands our women have to witness this everyday.”

Like many English-educated boys he has made a simple mistake. The opening clause of his sentence is wrong while the second part is correct. And only the most lenient teacher passes their students with 50 per cent.

And then comes the most worrying part of all. “You people will never be safe,” he warns. “Remove your government they don’t care about you.”

I am worried as a person not because now I have become less safe, but because this man, who has acted in such desperation and blind faith, is completely stupid.  Why? First of all because, pretty much, we are as safe as we have ever been in the history of time.  Actual safety regulations are so tight now that children can’t eat triangular rice crispy treats or swing conkers at each other. In Leicester door mats are a tripping hazard. Welcome to hell.

And as for the government not caring for us. That’s already fairly obvious.

Consider this…

The IMF is in charge of making European countries tighten their budgets. Basically the IMF is a big brewery telling all of the pubs to give everyone less beer because the main beer barrel is running low. Recently the IMF said the Landlord of Britain’s alcohol allowance is “disturbingly low.” In actual fact, the International Monetary Fund said Britain should spend more and cut taxes. That’s coming from “an organization of 188 countries, working to foster global monetary cooperation, secure financial stability, facilitate international trade, promote high employment and sustainable economic growth, and reduce poverty around the world.”

Why is the government not listening to an organisation that employs the finest financial minds in the world?

The problem, though, is that many of us don’t know or care about what’s going on in the real world. And that is the reason a man with an accent native of the capital of England killed a soldier today.  He was desperate because we don’t care. We care about people that are killed if they are the same as us. We join groups in an imaginary world. We get self-satisfaction and faux self-confidence by looking and believing the same as everyone else. That is what a LIKE is.

The 14th most popular website in the entire world is based on FOLLOWING other people.

We “pray” for victims of Terror and “cheer” for the success of Strikes.  But praying after tragedy makes no sense. God is, after all, the ‘justification’ for the attacks in the first place. Ok, sorry, not that god. The other one.

It is worth remembering that terrorist is a word that was also used for Nelson Mandela, George Washington and Mahatma Ghandi. Three men that didn’t agree with the government.  Do you agree with the government?

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