I put the paper down this morning next to yesterday’s paper. The contrast in the headlines couldn’t be greater. Yesterday’s said “Olympic glory for London,” todays, something like “London Terrorist attach: people dead, injured”.
Thanks to my housemate, I’ve got free Foxtel at the moment. I went home early yesterday feeling ill and dozed on the couch all afternoon flicking, as you seem to be able to do for eternity, between the Simpsons, Futurama, South Park and the Family Guy. Eventually there was a break in the stream of these shows and, as usual, despite having 100 odd channels there was nothing on. So I flicked it over to the ABC to find London had been attacked. The same thing happened with the S11 attacks. Had foxtel then too so hardly ever watched free to air. But on that once off that I flicked to free to air it was a similar case. Don’t know why that seems funny, maybe I have some sixth sense for world events.
Don’t know why, but it seems closer to home being in London. I don’t think I know anyone there at the moment but I keep racking my brain trying to think who would be there. I knew that Ali was in Scotland so that was a relief but I also know a lot of friends who have family there. I don’t think I know anyone in the states.
I think the only thing I can contribute at the moment is my own personal reaction. At the moment this reaction seems to consist of: Fuck them. How fucking dare they.
For a split second I can almost understand the emotive vigilantly response. Then I think about how it must feel to live in Iraq of Afghanistan and this being a daily event.
I saw this yesterday comparing the Right to militant fundamentalists. Didn’t think much of it then. Still don’t really, except that it exemplifies my anger at those on the right who will say that the left is sympathetic to these people. Again: Fuck them. There is no way to can excuse this sort of thing.
Events like this don’t change my opinion on anything. However it worries me that it pushes the ‘global justice’ cause back. Initially the BBC was speculating that G8 protesters could be behind the attacks. I never doubted that this was not the case but it did get me thinking ‘what if’.
I’m terrified of what events like this then become a justification for and my resentment grows further. War, restricting liberties, racism. Fuck them. Assuming it is a Militant Islamic group (can’t be 100% sure at this stage) surely they can see how this harms their cause.
I went to bed at 11 last night and has a quick look at some blogs just before I did. Larvatus Prodeo had a ‘Breaking news open thread’, Dog Fight at Banks Town had something similar and Darpism had me a little chocked up.
Needless to say our thoughts are with the victims and their friends and family.