It has been difficult to see what is happening in the world when trapped behind a laptop. I found several urgent messages on facebook and Twitter telling me to listen/watch/read/do a variety of activities hours after they had passed by. The sun shone brightly for two very hot days and much as I wished to enjoy being burnt I missed it and sat in the gloom inside instead. Today a normal British summer has arrived, cloud, rain and warmth making everyone sweaty and still daft men walk around in T-shirt & shorts expecting the sun to arrive. These English know nothing!
A big fuss has been made by the media re the latest Islamic Killer. Many Brits dead and lots wounded. A somewhat difficult situation to face I would say. The media enjoy this sort of thing, lots of pictures of crying women, dead bodies and people covered in blood. They care not a whit about them of course but it is a good story. Terrible indeed as this act is, let's not forget the man beheaded in France also, but in the great scheme of Islamic murders this is quite small really. If however it endangers 'US' then it is awful.
Almost daily we see such events, low down in the papers if mentioned at all, occurring in Pakistan, Iraq and elsewhere. The 'outrage' that arises each time is great yet no-one bothers about the people who suffer similarly elsewhere, that is after all their problem! Thousands die each year in Pakistan because of a failure of leadership and political intrigues. I wonder where the weapons come from? ISIS, or is it ISIL this week? IS still behead spies, throw gays off roofs and abuse sex slaves by the hundred daily. I wonder if this could be related in any way to the attacks on Saddam Hussein a wee while back? Could it be the west (yes Messrs Bush and Blair I mean you!) sending troops into Iraq, sacking the army & police, rushing out again after killing thousands have some responsibility for leaving a failed state with no security and three major sectarian divides to fight over? Just asking like.
The Muslim mentality is to kill opponents and claim Koranic justification (though how ISIL can do this beats me) and therefore justify themselves. It can be no surprise that those not sharp enough may understand that their duty is to kill also and therefore such easily led people will commit atrocities. Not all are stupid mind, many are clever people who wish to 'do the right thing' and fall for 'radical' teachings. Truthfully we were all the same when younger but from a different angle. Just give thanks you were not brought up Muslim, you might be that chap with a gun, the dead chap as he now is.
This is not love.
Scottish football once again is pondering the idea of a 'Winter break' or indeed 'Summer football.'
Both ideas are daft. For one the winter break may not coincide with the worst weather, which often arrives in February or April! For another the restart often hinders teams getting back into form. The idea of summer football keeps cropping up from folks who think playing in heat is a good idea. Sadly as we had summer weather for two days this week and now it has rained on and off all day I wonder if such folks ever look out of their window? My mother grumbled about the bad summer weather every year and I had to remind her she had seen well over 90 of such summers and still failed to realise that it it was always like this! Keep Scottish football where it is, just rearrange the league set-up into something more appropriate and all will improve.
Now I'm back off to 1942.