Friday, July 08, 2005

London Bombings, Part 2

24 hours after the events of 8/7, as the events may well be called, the politicians, bloggers and the media commentators go into default mode. The Book of 21st Century Media and Political Clichés is a book that everyone should have – if not already.

Let’s look at the Right First. The Right have their usual brain dump about how we must all stand up to terrorism, and that anything short of bombing them to microbes is soft on them and will only encourage them even further to blow more shit up. The Right-Wing newspaper editorials will say a few strong tut-tut words lamenting the rise of “Islamofascism”, and how the introduction of western values at gunpoint will see the “ragheads” put down their guns and bombs and start being good little capitalists, and presumably, start selling hashish to western tourists, among certain other things. Deborah Coddington, the Strumpet (sorry span, but I couldn’t help myself) has somehow used the tragedy to praise the free market, and at the same time, put the boot into the old Post Office, for a reason unbeknown to myself apart from the fact that she cannot seem to help herself, which seems to explain why she uses the term “Collectivist” as well.

Don’t worry, I haven’t forgotten about the left. They do the usual “my heart goes out to London” routine, and the usual “They deserved it” argument, which is just going to play into the hands of the right. Yeah, hitching our wagon to Islamic extremism is going to win us support all right. Support when it comes to making ourselves easy targets, especially for the simple minded “you’re either with us or against us” type.

Then you have the eyewitnesses. Those who, in seeking their 15 mins of fame, head for the nearest microphone and TV camera and describe what they saw or heard, something like, “I heard this huge bang, and there were people screaming...” To be fair tho, being witness to a terror attack is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity…

And there is the media. This can all be summed up in 3 words: “Oh the Humanity!!!!”

And of course, there are the analysts. Who give a Dr Strangelove like perspective on what is happening.

The hype and grandstanding that the bombings have produced is really getting to me, and thus I have chosen to mainly ignore it. Simply because, this is all going to result in the following things:

1) Tony Blair will not stand down as Labour leader next year as popular opinion has it. Rather, he will bounce back in the polls and will be portrayed as a strong leader, rallying Britain in a war on terror.
2) Legislation concerning the establishment of a national ID card will be passed, with support from all major parties in the House of Commons after previously having large opposition.
3) Other draconian “anti-terror” legislation, concerning detention without trial or charge, banning of peaceful assembly, distribution of literature, etc will also be passed with overwhelming support.
4) Civil liberties will be a thing of the past.
5) Legitimate protesters rallying against the G8 summit will be thrown in jail and tortured
6) UK will increase its involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other “terrorist hot-spots” around the world.
7) Violence against peace loving moderate Muslims will increase, especially in Europe and the UK

Yes, all those wonderful things. How convenient. Your blood maybe boiling by now and you are flexing your fingers Liberace-style in readiness for a truly nasty post, but I really make no apology. You see, I am just sick to death of all the hype surrounding this, both by the media and by bloggers, and by politicians. I am sick of the grandstanding my all concerned. I’m sick of people using this as a big excuse to climb into legitimate organisations who give a damn about humanity. I am sick of people using this to carry on with the cycle of violence that is just going to keep on going until the US and the UK, realise that they should actually leave countries alone and let them conduct their own affairs. I am sick of people pretending to be oh so sad about the bombing where the same amount of people get killed in Baghdad each week due to car bombings. There are people out there who are not going to be happy until the Middle East, and 90% of the rest of the world, is radioactive glass, and judging by the way people are acting, that is going to happen very soon.

PS: I did a spell check.


At 10:26 AM, Blogger ZenTiger said...

Nice post.

I understand the point, but somewhere in all this are the people that are genuinely worried what happens if no action is taken, and naturally, if the wrong action is taken.

There is a lot of *noise* out there, but there are good people trying to do good things.

So to all the types of blabbing you identified, you can add "its all so tiresome, is it really worth it, will it make a difference?"

Only time will tell.

At 10:33 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Almost anyone can vote Labour. You only have to stop thinking and vote that way. But to be a faithful Labourite, you have to believe in certain things:

You have to believe that there was no art before government started funding it.

You have to believe that spending $17.4 million dollars a day on
welfare isn't enough.

You have to believe that taxes are too low, but bank fees are too high.

You have to believe that standardised tests are racist, but racial
Quotas aren't.

You have to believe that that government funding comes from the
Government and not from taxpayers.

You have to believe AIDS is spread by cuts in government health funding.

You have to believe that governments can create economic growth by Taxing the economy.

You have to believe in good faith bargaining in the workplace,
Unless the workplace is the Beehive.

You have to believe that the same teacher who can't teach school kids to read is somehow qualified to teach those same kids about sex.

You have to believe that global temperatures are less affected by
cyclical, documented changes in the earth's climate, and more
affected by yuppies driving 4WDs.

You have to believe that gender roles are artificial but
Homosexuality is natural.

You have to believe that the right to property is a loony right- wing idea, but you believe that Maori have legitimate grievances against the government because their property was taken from them.

You have to believe Helen Clark really does have a loving marriage
with Peter Davis.

You have to believe that the only reason socialism hasn't worked
Anywhere it's been tried is because the right people haven't been in charge.

You also believe that people like Marian Hobbs and Tariana Turia are the right people to have in charge to make socialism work here.

You have to believe that free trade is unfair, but you shop at Trade Aid stores.

You have to believe that registering guns in the hands of
law-abiding firearms licence holders will prevent firearms-related
crimes being committed by criminals who have never had, nor ever
will have, a firearms licence.

You have to believe that forcing workers to join unions is a
Violation of the right to freedom of association, but forcing students to join student unions isn't.

You have to believe that competition is good for Telecom but bad for ACC.

You have to believe that more New Zealanders should holiday at home, but it's OK for Helen Clark to holiday in Africa and Switzerland.

You have to believe that cigarettes should be banned because they
are unhealthy, but believe that cannabis should be legalised as a
matter of personal freedom.

You also have to believe that tobacco excise increases will force
people to smoke less, but higher income taxes won't discourage
people from working harder.

You have to believe that it's bad if Aucklanders to drive to work,
but it's OK for Helen Clark's husband to commute to Auckland from

You believe that right-wing politicians have been bought off by “big business" even though they gave similar amounts of money to left-wing and right-wing parties, but you don't think that left-wing parties have been bought off by even larger amounts of money from unions who don't give money to anyone else.

You have to believe that it's not OK to appoint businessmen to
boards of government agencies, but it's OK to appoint trade
unionists and Labour activists to health boards.

You have to believe that a 160-year-old Treaty is responsible for a
Recent outbreak of psychological disorders ... amongst Maori only.

You have to believe you're a "liberal", but you're only liberal with other people's money.

You have to believe that religious schools shouldn't receive any
government funding, but Christmas and Easter should continue to be
statutory holidays.

You have to believe that rape is worse than murder, but you don't
think women should be allowed to carry pepper spray for self-defence.

You have to believe that homosexuals should have the right to be
able to marry if they want to, but a heterosexual couple should be
considered de facto married after a few years whether they want to
be or not.

You have to believe that Michael Cullen's "charm offensive" worked
on the business sector.

You also have to believe that the thought of Michael Cullen having
charm isn't offensive.

You believe that mothers should have the maternity care of their
choice, but you trust Trevor Mallard and Steve Maharey to choose the education their children receive for the rest of their life.

You think that tariffs should be re-introduced "to protect kiwi
jobs", but you buy imported goods from the Warehouse.

You have to believe that the Labour-Alliance government has a "mandate" to do whatever they please when only 46% of voters voted for them, and that this mandate justifies them ignoring 92% of voters that voted for stiffer penalties for violent offenders and the 81% of voters who voted to reduce the number of MPs.


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At 10:48 PM, Blogger Oswald Bastable said...

So, Millsy's reply to a well-reasoned post has not changed in the last 4 years.

Grow up sonny...

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At 7:22 AM, Blogger Oswald Bastable said...

All sorts!

I posted a link over on Xtra News 2, so some of the old-timers have probably looked you up!

At 11:04 AM, Anonymous millsy said...

Ah, the Xtra News Community, the biggest hatred/intolerance/bigotry fest on the World Wide Web. Apart from the Bush Administration, there has never been a bigger congreagation of war-mongering, neo-conservative, anarcho-capitalist rednecks. A place of negativity that I would glady use the commands DELETE FROM forums where forum_name = 'Xtra News Community';, followed by the mainstay of del *.*. I just went there for a quick look. You guys really make Kyle Chapman and Brian Tamaki look like Martin Luther King and Mahatma Ghandi.

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