I don’t do politics, and you can be relatively confident you won’t be afflicted with them when you visit this blog. But as a Brit raised in a nation under terror, I have to express my frustration that whenever the the topic of todays politics come up, I am stonewalled from any discussion as being unable to understand life under terrorism. If I point out the long list of terrorist attacks that I can remember by the IRA during my lifetime on my home nation, blowing up shopping malls, apartment complexes in the city, cars, etc, it’s dismissed on the grounds of simple body count.
That, more than anything else, sets my sensibilities teetering. I want to vomit when someone in all sincerity tries to tell me I don’t understand terrorism after one event, nearly as far from him as my country is, that took less than 1/10th of the lives lost to terrorism in England during the course of my life, outweighs any thoughts or knowledge or insight to terror I might have because the IRA never got the same body count in one hit.
For years, America was the voice of reason amongst countries like England that were rife with terror that they were too terrorized to recognize was simply the reaping of what they sowed. England has the USA to thank for bringing us to an understanding, and a peace, with the Irish whom we have invaded and opressed for hundreds of years.
Today, I don’t understand how anyone can ever have thought that somehow England had any sort of entitlement to the northeast corner of Ireland. Religion? Bullshit. The Anglican (Episcapalean) church was founded by the English monarchy as an excuse for marital maneuvering and maintained as an excellent grounds for political intrigues, such as providing the excuse of “defending the faith” for trying to hold on to a piece of a neighbouring country.
And why do we still have Northern Ireland? Because its a sizeable source of income and revenue for some of England’s largest countrys. It stinks of vested interests. Claiming NI is about Cathloic vs Protestant has only persisted this long because those in each corner wrestle under the pseudo names. But nothing about the fighting is religious. The IRA don’t kill people and leave a note saying hail mary or we do it again. The British state-terror forces don’t open fire on teenagers driving on a Saturday night in the wrong part of town as they shout “Renounce the pope!”
30 years I lived under terror were lived so because My Great Nation persuaded me that we needed to be there to defend The Faithful, and that evacuation wasn’t possible because we needed to be there. In short. Gluttony. Lebensraum.
The NI conflict isn’t totally over. England still has to conceed that as much as it has integrated NI into itself, it doesn’t belong to England. It’s not called “Very West England separated by a big lake connected at two ends to the Atlantic ocean”. Its Northern bloody Ireland.
But we got where we have with the sage advice of fair minded, even thinking Americans.
Who were then attacked by fanatics and did exactly what every other nation has done and lashed out – the antithesis of everything America used its muscle to tell other countries suffering terrorism. And just like people in Manchester when the IRA blew up their shopping center, Americans don’t see how they are to blame. You’ve never even been to Afghanistan. Your pizza delivery guy is Afghani, and you always talk to him at the door and tip him well, right?
Listen, America, or whatever miniscule portion of it might still be reading. You have been terrorized. No, really, you don’t understand because its only happened once. You think you were terrorized, but you’re wrong. I have been terrorized since 9/11. It’s ongoing. Like all those stupid little European nations you used to berate for not being able to stop blowing each other up, you have lashed out, and it was good. Sadam in a freaking spider hole, how freaking awesome was that?
But you are thinking like a nation in terror. If you’re a guy in the 50s and a monster crawls out the swamp and your chick starts to scream like she wants to shatter glass, what do you do? That’s right, slap her to bring her to her senses. Ok. You’re the chick, and boy can you scream, bitch. Want me to be Erol Flynn? Well, start reading from the top again, dummy.
And next time you’re asking how these crazy middle eastern countries can support terrorists the way they do, let me know when you finish your lil’ole “War on Illegal Imigration” here. I mean, its not like your the most advanced nation on the country and you can’t keep out the beaners? You think just because Iraq is largely desert that everyone just hangs out near the border so if Osama gets in they must have invited him?
And what about Iraq? We did them a favor and rid them of a dictator, and in return we’ve been helping lower property prices by thinning out the population of people who might have a problem with Western society, freeing them to proffit from the sale of their natural resources to …. Western society. All we ask in return is the use of their country as a staging ground for our war on terror, a place to put our forces for the terrorists to come bring it on, the bait being the violation of an Arab nations sovereignty. But the gosh-darn terrorist actually have the nerve to turn up and shoot at us, blow us up, and generally prove not to be the total pussies our governments have been telling us they are. These aren’t sunbaked dopeheads so retarded the only thing they can say is “boom, splatter”. They’re like armed with weapons we’ve sold them, which was stupid of us, and actually fight like soldiers, well enough to challenge our military powers for well over a year, and they seem to be improving faster than we are.
Well, that’s just not on is it. I mean, Westerners who actually choose to fight for this threat are actually dying out there instead of random, innocent civiliains back here! We need to bring them back out of harms way, stat.
And last, but not least. The current conflict. I’m scared to say anything about it. If I fail to unequivocally side with Israel, or even consider taking devils advocate to try and understand the situation, the old AS red card gets waved. I’ve stopped watching CNN now because it churns my stomach seeing Larry King being so overtly hostile to anyone who doesn’t say “Look, Larry, Lebanon has terrorists in it, and the US should be there carpet bombing the crap out of it”, or the abject disdain Wolf Blitzer showed for Christiane Amanpour for not thinking it was as simple as “Lebanon bad, Israel angry, go Israel”. What made it painful was the triptych of Larry, Chrstiane, Wolf or Hostile, Neutral Hostile. Hey. Whats up with that picture? Lemme try with their surnames. King, Amanpour, Blitzer. Huh. Hint: She’s also not Lebanese.
Easy there with that Anti-semitic brand, that’s not what I’m saying, only that the US has strong ties with Israel, and seeing what is close to your sister nation under terror is painful. Back this brings me back to my point. America is a nation under terror, still, too. As you sit and watch Israel execute its right to defend itself, its a clear parallel to Americas response against Afghanistan and Iraq after 9/11, you know, having its advisability and approach questioned not after 20 or 30 years but after only a couple of years.
Think about it – whether or not you agree or disagree with the War on terror, you can conceed that people of previously firm convictions are already questioning them today on the subject? And the final outcome is still unknown?
I think folks saying “Go Israel” sincerely believe that violent response is the best response in these times of terror. Wake up, dudes. Times of terror? I guess the countless thousands who died to terror in the last 80 years just don’t never hard the right threshold headcount?
If you’d been paying attention to the situation in Israel before it became a factor in your gas prices, e.g. reading Haaretz, you’d know that there was also unrest in Israel over officials daring to suspect that certain ‘terrorist’ actions were possibly engineered by Israeli militants trying to provoke action. Israel has been giving up ground trying to establish a peace, but incase you didn’t notice, they weren’t a nation in unity over that idea. Haaretz had an article on how outraged they were that a leading General was sent down to the southern border to investigate a suicide bombing before ordering a military response. In the ensuing flare up in the north, it went un-noticed that his findings didn’t result in an action on the southern border.
And if you were paying that much attention you might recall clearly the initial actions of this war. Kidnapping, victims taken across the line, Israeli shelling of, uh, terrorist infrastructure to stop them getting far with the kidnapees. Infrastructure such as Beirut airport.
Now try and imagine this for second. Some crazy Ameican religious cult crosses the border (Mexican or Canadian) some officials to try and blackmail the govt to do something about their nationals spilling across the border. Mexico, or Canada, drives tanks up to the border and takes out key airports, bridges, anyplace they think might be otherwise let the cult escape with their officials.
I mean, it’s their right, isn’t it? You obviously support the cult, by popular American standards applied to everyone else. Or they wouldn’t be a cult. And its not like smuggling kidnappees across a border is easy unless your cult has government backing, just like its not easy to illegally cross a border with an intent to emigrate.
So would the American response to Mexico or Canada firing tank rounds at its buildings and cities be the same as the Lebanese government, going on news shows and saying “Help”?
If it was, do you think some of your “right to bear arms” citizens might not feel the same way and fire back?
Ok – the analogy isn’t entirely cohesive, because they’re not part of the cult, but my point here is that the rockets into Israel started after Israel responded to the kidnappings by flattening chunks of Lebanon, and the Lebanese government didn’t return fire on Israel.
Its a minor point, but its also a truth. The idea that Israel fired at Lebanon because of rockets is a falseness. So every interview I see where the latter is almost the initial premise of whatever the person is about to say is like a lead weight. Especially since that is getting to be nearly every commentators first words.
And almost nobody is saying, “Hey, wait a second”, because we feel for our fellow victims in terror.
So how about we do the right thing and say to Israel, “Stop. You’re making things much much worse for yourself. We are coming to your aid”. If the UN can’t do it, then whichever nations are part of the coalition that lands troops at the border in 3 days time can start UN2 when they’re done establishing their presence over there. But right now the UN’s hands are tied by our stupid decision to let Israel unleash its vengeful wrath. “Vengance is mine”, says the Lord. This is something Israel has always had a problem with, according to their own history. Invariably they build up a very strong position, until they are provoked to anger, they lash out, and wind up spending a few hundred or thousand years in captvity and exile.
Heck, isn’t that why people are so blaze about the fact we re-inserted Israel into the most turbulent portion of the world 60 years ago?
Which is my final point. Next time someone tells me that that was 60 years ago, I think I need to respond with “So was what you did for France in WW2”.