Friday, 20 November 2015
Is it Just Me?
Is it just me or have things gone over the top regarding this Paris outrage?
I am not changing my avatars to include French flags, I am not weeping and wailing regarding the various Islamist attacks. I wonder why?
I notice the papers are once again filling the page with a variety of items regarding this week old story. The news vendors appear to consider nothing else, even the usual slappers and royals are being pushed down the page and all media appear to be totally behind an onslaught on Daesh in Syria.
One TV reporter appears to break down during his report, Andrew Neil a famous political interviewer and a man with few fans launches an outburst against Daesh and is applauded for this.
The attack in Paris was not pleasant, neither was the bomb that killed 43 in Lebanon that got little mention nor the one in Nigeria which killed 42. In fact many 'outrages' have taken place in various parts of the world and not all of them get much of a mention. Maybe some are worth more than others to the media.
Let us take a look at recent history. Since what we call 9/11 lots of Islamic attacks have been seen, many happened before that, most also kill Muslims and those tend not to be given much space in the western media. Several attacks in a variety f places have been launched, some by organised groups many by individuals of low intellect, some with high intellect of course. Many more will be seen wolrdwide.
However this is not new.
Since 1945 when peace reigned the Cold War saw 45 million killed in Africa, Asia and South America. The Northern Ireland conflict saw 3000 dead and some still wish to continue this war. Why are we so neurotic about Daesh?
Down through the years terrible slaughters have occurred. The United States killed thousands of Filipinos during their take over of the islands, many thousands of Indians were killed in the States during the 19th century and the growth of the British Empire saw a willingness to shoot anyone who stood in the way.
We have ignored two world wars by the way.
Each century since Abel was slain by Cain has seen murders both individual and national. Large groups have taken over and enslaved smaller ones, nations have murdered and terrorised others constantly over the years and on many occasions terror was part of the war. Guerrilla war entails much violence with men, women and children suffering with both sides using terror to get the victory so why are we so upset about Daesh!
Vlearly government influence is behind the vast publicity we see in the media, it is not just shock at the killing. Fear that it could happen where we are is strong and those in big cities especially fear. The stable peaceful world we all think we ought to have is endangered and confusion reigns.
However we have no right to peace, the majority of the world has trouble of some sort down through the years. Peace and security is in fact rarer than conflict. Human nature, as I keep saying, will never change! Since Cain slew Abel human nature has been rotten and such outrages based on greed, politics or selfishness will always occur. Only Jesus can save us and he was crucified by us!
There is an unhealthy aspect to this reverence for Paris, something about our reaction is not right. I am reminded of the attitudes in 1914 when those who disagreed with the war were regarded as traitors, the nation came under a wave of war that removed free thought and consideration of what was right. We are doing the same today.
Something is wrong worldwide with our fear of Daesh, something does not ring true.