“The scariest thing about Brussels is our reaction to it?” Like Really?
I chanced upon the Guardian Article “The scariest thing about Brussels is our reaction to it?” through a friend’s Facebook feed. After reading a few paragraphs I want to lash out on the friend’s feed itself. I usually do not leave angry comments anywhere, less so on anyone’s wall. So I took a deep breath, opened Medium for the first time.
“ Textbooks on terrorism define its effects in four stages: first the horror, then the publicity, then the political grandstanding, and finally the climactic shift in policy. The initial act is banal.” (emphasis mine)
The initial act is banal? Blowing bombs in airport departure terminals and metro stations to kill people is banal? Try telling this to people who lost their loved ones. Try telling this to people who are still waiting for news about someone. Try telling this to people who love to travel! Try imagining that you lost a loved one and then say the first act is banal!
I am still foaming at mouth after reading it and I am not even remotely connected on a personal level.
“The atrocities in Brussels happen almost daily on the streets of Baghdad, Aleppo and Damascus. Western missiles and Isis bombs kill more innocents in a week than die in Europe in a year.” (emphasis mine)
This must be true. But does it happen on a civilian terminal where people are waiting to catch a train? I suppose not! Do the people who detonate bombs in those streets shout slogans of a particular religion or do they detonate bombs in the name of atheism?
“ A dead Muslim is an unlucky mutt in the wrong place at the wrong time. A dead European is front-page news.”
From where does the author gets such an urge to make trouble? The statement smacks of nothing else but trouble making at a grand stage.
“So on Tuesday the TV news channels behaved like Isis recruiting sergeants. Their blanket hyperbole showed not the slightest restraint (nor for that matter did that of most newspapers).”
And by publishing this article The Guardian is an angel of restraint?
“Osama bin Laden set out on 9/11 to depict western nations as feckless and paranoid, their liberalism a surface charade easily punctured. A few explosions and their pretensions would wither and they would turn as repressive as any Muslim state.”
The author should be sent to live and publish in a Muslim State.
“We can respond to events in Brussels with a quiet and dignified sympathy, with candles and silences.”
And stop there?
“The menace of Brussels lies not in the terror, but in the reaction to the terror.”
Like really, the words uttered by the politicians have killed so many! And terrorism kills none, it is just a banal act?