Volte-Face: Thoughts on the Events of the Last Two Days


So in the space of a day, the city of London goes from triumph to terror….

One moment, everyone explodes into the most disproportionate hysteria over London’s clinching of the big Olympic bid for 2012; I remember rolling my eyes at the whole sideshow, wondering how much raised council tax it’d take to transform the three-penny whore known as Newham into a highly prized courtesan…..

The next moment, four strategically-placed bombs explode at key points around the capital, killing dozens, injuring hundreds more and bringing the much-prized public transport systems to a standstill. I remember switching on my television at half-past ten only to be introduced to the latest date in the Al-Qaeda Islamic Jihad World Tour – New York, Bali, Madrid – and now London’s burning?

They certainly know how to pick their moments what with – as well as the Olympic bid aftermath – the G8 summit kicking off on the same day. They certainly had some success in derailing the smooth running of that operation, as well as that of the London Underground. The PM had to make a hasty return to London in order to give the expected condemnation of these actions, thus putting the start of his world-saving antics back a day.

Nevertheless, as I watched all the events unfold – the eyewitness & victim testimonies, the laughable “power surge” speculations being quashed, the condemnations by religious leaders, the authorities as good as saying “we told you so” – one thought, above all the others in my mind had prominence: Thank fuck this isn’t another 9-11!

Honestly, if anything, I would have expected the Jihadites to try their luck with somewhere like Canary Wharf, a key financial & commercial hotspot, not to mention a landmark – a prominent tower no less! Such an operation would have taken the casualty toll into the thousands as opposed to the hundreds who incurred injury yesterday – and you can certainly wager that there’d have been a fuckload more fatalities! If one of the terrorist aims had been to feed their Allah spook with a few hundred human sacrifices, I’m glad to see that they failed miserably!

This of course doesn’t change the fact that several dozen lives were ended yesterday. As I write, I discover that least 75 people were snuffed out by the four bomb blasts. That the toll wasn’t much higher was as much down to the (relative) composure of the passengers on-board and the efficiency of the emergency services, as well as any terrorist incompetence. Writing this, I wonder if any of the dead were Muslims – if so, this further shows the terrorists’ stupidity in the pursuit of their goals, one of which undoubtedly would be the gaining of support from fellow Islamics for whatever “cause” they’d pulled out of their arses.

Judging from the condemnations from UK Muslim leaders, it seems as if the fuckers are hated more than ever! Congratulations, you Qaeda cunts – how does that self-inflicted foot wound feel? It must feel good to have sent another designation of drones to die for your futile “cause”….

From an internet website, the (laughably named) Secret Organization Group of Al Qaeda of Jihad Organiation in Europe declared that “Britain is burning with fear.” Wrong again, fuckers! Certainly, in the immediate wake of the attacks – as with any disaster – they achieved their objective of spreading terror. But long-term? Judging by soundbites from Londoners on TV today, it seems as if the terrorists fucked-up in that respect also. It’s business as usual, with the understanding that any curtailment of plans would be “letting them win”. I certainly am not gonna let a group of murderously suicidal, slave-moralist cocksuckers get in the way of my life. I’m still gonna take the DLR to the cinema to see (rather aptly) War of the Worlds tonight; I’m still gonna (as much as I hate to on any day) use the buses to get to work on Sunday; and I’m still gonna use the London Underground to get to Central London when I go to see Nine Inch Nails next week. Bravery has fuck-all to do with such a stance. Bravery implies an individual taking a step forward despite the fear of doing so – Al-Qaeda and their cronies remind me not so much of the rabid dog you walk (or run) the other way to avoid, but rather the mound of shit left by said dog – one simply steps over it with a maximum yet momentary irritation and continues on one’s way….

….cos living well can often be the best revenge, people.

This is not to say I don’t have fears in the wake of this bullshit – in fact two very prominent ones spring to mind:

1) This could be just the Trojan Horse the government needs to steamroll in its highly suspect ID Card scheme. Prior to all this, Blair had been making big noise about resurrecting it – could he push ahead with such a scheme in an attempt to fill the state treasury with more ill-earned pounds? I wouldn’t put it past him (although Home Secretary Charles Clarke doesn’t seem awfully keen on the idea)! Reading the Daily Mail today, I came across the comment: “We may have to sacrifice some of our ancient legal rights if we wish to protect our citizens”. Upon reading the comment, I remembered Benjamin Franklin’s declaration that those who wished to trade freedom for security deserved neither and would lose both – as far as I’m concerned if such a curtailment came to pass, this nation would deserve any fate visited upon it in the future.

As Tory MP Michael Portillo has said: “The terrorists have attacked our way of life – it must be ensured that the government does not.”

2) Whilst the terrorists may have failed to set Brit Muslims against the rest of the populace, one has to wonder if other groups may use the attacks as a justification to further their own fucked-up ends. Guys like the BNP’s Nick Griffin may well have been masturbating to the knowledge of yesterday’s events. Could we see a resurgence of racial attacks in the East End of London, seeing as many people stupidly conflate “Muslim” or “Islam” with brown skin? Could such attacks, if they occurred, send a ripple throughout other parts of the UK, reviving the open racial hostilities seen in areas like Oldham over the past few years? With the British National Party gaining prominence in and out of London, such questions must be raised….

The terrorists may well have failed in any direct goals they had with this attack – nevertheless, if either (or both) of the worst case scenarios I’ve raised come to pass, Britain will have effectively handed its own arse on a plate to the Al-Qaeda terrorists….


(To all those who expressed concern as to my well-being, worry not! Your thoughtfulness is much appreciated – thankyee all! ^_^ )

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52 Responses to Volte-Face: Thoughts on the Events of the Last Two Days

  1. phyrbyrd says:

    Regarding point one – that’s exactly what I said. They’re sure to say ‘well, we HAVE to have ID cards now, don’t we…’ And incidentally, four more groups will also say they did it within the week. Bet you ten quid.

  2. chiller says:

    Writing this, I wonder if any of the dead were Muslims
    Apparently so. One of the bombs – rather peculiarly in my view – went off in the arabic part of town (Edgware Road). I can’t understand the logic of that, unless the madmen who let it off consider that a well-integrated Muslim is as bad as a non-Muslim.
    Who can tell? They’re mad.

    • cluebyfour says:

      unless the madmen who let it off consider that a well-integrated Muslim is as bad as a non-Muslim
      I suspect this is very much the case. Bin Laden has long harbored contempt for the royal Saud family because of its courting of the West. Al-Qaeda likely sees Westernized Muslims as no better than the infidels.
      But yeah, they’re batshit crazy.

    • MRDA says:

      Well, at least they can tell the difference between a Jihadites and decent enough human beings who happen to be Muslim, unlike some homegrown bell-ends (*cough*BNP*cough*).

  3. jdcooper says:

    excellent post.
    apparently they did try to go for Canary Wharf, i have heard many black-market reports of suicide bombers being shot dead in Canary Wharf.

    • bastardzero says:

      All of his posts are excellent. He’s not like the rest of us LJers who just go (with props to my friend Harlock) “ZOMG, jerking on the keyboard!” and whatever the splurts and droplets type out we hit POST.

    • MRDA says:

      In regard to those wharf bombers, I too heard the rumours from my friend when we went there last night. I also heard that the authorities were very hush-hush and evasive when quizzed about it at a press conference.
      Oh well, if it be true, tis but another example of Al-Qaeda’s poor skills! They had a lot in common with the self-defeating alien hordes in War Of The Worlds – losers!

  4. What is the deal with the ID cards ?

    • MRDA says:

      Ha! Apparently, it’s a way to keep us under Big Brother-style surveillance keep us all safe from terrorism….
      …but of course “protection” don’t come cheap (at least £85 if it’s pushed through).

  5. staxxy says:

    I am glad to see you posting. I was worried, indeed. *hugs*.
    I do hope this is not a cue card for rampant racism to abound in England.

    • MRDA says:

      Thanks for your concern, Stax – hope you’re doing well also! ^_^
      “I do hope this is not a cue card for rampant racism to abound in England.”
      I already heard about a Muslim bloke who offered lifts to people trying to make their way home from the troubled spots; many accepted his benevolence, with the exception of one cunt who thought it fitting to shower the guy in spit and racial abuse.
      Hopefully, that’s an isolated blip on the radar….

  6. cluebyfour says:

    Thanks for the excellent perspective, and I’m glad to see you’re safe.
    I’m afraid this will also provide impetus for a national ID card here in the States as well. They’re already working on the Real ID system, which will link all of the drivers’ license data banks in each state and standardize the format of the ID cards. So it’s just a matter of time before we start getting the bar code tattoos for more than just fashion statements. . . .

  7. Awesome post, as well as a great perspective.

  8. orobouros says:

    glad to see you’re still with us… you were the last of the Londoners know that I hadn’t heard from.
    I’m also glad things weren’t worse than they were.
    And I have to ask… what the hell kind of name is “Secret Organization Group of Al Qaeda of Jihad Organization”? Why not just call yourselves “The Big Mean Bad Guys”?
    The (as you said, “laughable”) name is making me wonder if there’s an affiliation at all.
    Be careful out there…

  9. Al-Qaeda Islamic Jihad World Tour – New York, Bali, Madrid – and now London
    Okay, we really need tour t-shirts…

  10. kasku says:

    My God, I love it when you do posts like this. I knew you’d have something less irritating than most other people to say about this. Hear hear.

  11. badthingsman says:

    Fuck those towelhead bastards.
    All they are doing is confirming to more and more people that they deserve to be hated and destroyed.
    They are a threat to society and must be plucked out.
    How many more lives must be lost until proper action is taken?
    Ugh, it’s sickening.
    And I’m glad you’re ok.

    • orobouros says:

      how would you define “proper action”?

      • badthingsman says:

        Taking a walk in the park to ask them why they don’t like us.
        That would be the opposite of what should be done.
        Proper action includes forced submission.
        Once they start taking innocent lives, they forfeit the option to negotiate.

        • orobouros says:

          That would seem to be the same logic that they’re operating from, given a brief tour of the history of the U.S. and the U.K. in the Middle East.
          Surely a few innocent lives were lost during some of these events, I might hazard to guess.
          I’m sure they (ah, the elusive “they”) probably see us (the U.K. and the U.S.) as a “threat to society” that “must be plucked out.”
          Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not condoning the events that just transpired in the Tube, or what happened in the U.S. with the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
          But I do think the reasons these things are happening are a little more complex than “because they are towelhead bastards” (or because “they hate our freedoms”).
          Surely, you’d agree that “forced submission” isn’t exactly working in Afghanistan or Iraq right now (or Palestine, either).
          I’m reminded of the British officers who were confused as to why the Zulus didn’t just “do the proper thing and die”.
          But, then, these are just my thoughts on the subject.
          I don’t claim to know anything.

          • badthingsman says:

            I’m sure they (ah, the elusive “they”) probably see us (the U.K. and the U.S.) as a “threat to society” that “must be plucked out.”
            The difference is they lack the ability to be content with peace. They will continue to fight and kill until each and evert knee bows to Allah. Have you not read Osama bin Laden’s letter to the people of the U.S.? It really explains a lot about their mentality. Like the Christians, these particular fundamentalists insist that everyone else agree with their morals and obey their laws. It is the complete opposite of freedom.
            I believe everyone should be entitled to their own personal freedoms until they prove they do not deserve them. There’s very few things you can do to abuse this priveledge: harming innocent animals and/or children, forcing your beliefs on others, and being a drain upon outside resources while giving nothing in return. Fundamentalists cannot adapt to that type of lifestyle, therefore they will always pose a threat to society. Luckily, most of the Christians are such hypocrites that they secretly try to preserve the very freedoms they boldly fight against.
            I also believe in survival of the fittest. The majority of the islamic world is simply not fit to be a world power. They lack 21st century minds, many resources, and are in objection to progression and change. They may have a right to be against other world powers, but they are simply not equipped to implement and real changes. The most they can do is kill a few people here and there, in other words be an annoyance. We have enough struggles with mother nature (tsunamis, disease, etc.) causing death of innocents. How do we keep a disease from killing us? First quarantine, then destroy it. Same thing should work with “terrorist” groups.

          • orobouros says:

            Actually, I have read Osama bin Laden’s letters.
            As for this being a “war to convert everyone to Islam”, I don’t see it. I’ve also read enough of the Qur’an, to know that bin Laden and the militant Wahabbis have it pretty much wrong.
            How is imposing “democracy” any different than religious fundamentalism?
            As for the survival of the fittest argument, read your history. Western civilization owes an immense debt to the math, art, and science that flourished in the Islamic world once upon a time while Europe floundered along in the dark ages.
            The reason they lack “21st Century minds” (whatever those might be) is due largely to the events that I linked to above. Maybe we should start eradicating poor white working-class people too, since they “lack 21st Century minds”, and could be viewed as a “drain on resources while giving nothing in return”.
            I guess what I’m not seeing is how you’re differentiating between terrorists (who should be brought to justice), and the Islamic world in general.
            How many do you suspect we’d need to kill before the “disease” is “eradicated”?
            Pick a genocide, any genocide. I’m sure the descriptions you’ve applied above have been applied countless times before against countless people. Hell, I’m sure bin Laden might even apply them to the U.S. and the U.K.
            Surely there are some more original arguments to be made for killing as many people as you seem to be suggesting here.

          • badthingsman says:

            How is imposing “democracy” any different than religious fundamentalism?
            Imposing is imposing no matter what is being imposed. There are nations in the mideast who directly and/or indirectly support the “terrorist” groups. Because of this support, they prove themselves to be a threat to society. They must be imposed upon for the sake of the rest of the globe. A forced democracy is one way in which these nations can be brought into the 21st century and function like a civilized society. It is not the only way. It may not be the right way. I do not necessarily agree with it, but something must be done.
            As for the survival of the fittest argument, read your history. Western civilization owes an immense debt to the math, art, and science that flourished in the Islamic world once upon a time while Europe floundered along in the dark ages.
            Western civilization owes an immense debt to Hitler and the nazi party who were able to boost the progress of modern medicine due to their testing on humans. Or maybe it is something bad that happened, but at least we got something good out of it. Just because the islamic world showed progress during the dark ages does not in any way mean that Islam is right or moral. It does not in any way indicate that we should tolerate the violent fundamentalists (or the people who support them) of today.
            Hell, I’m sure bin Laden might even apply them to the U.S. and the U.K.
            He would if he could, but he lacks the resources to do this. If he did, I’m sure he would suceed. The world leaders possess such resources and should use them for this purpose. We are overpopulated as it is. I see nothing wrong with destroying those who don’t want to play fair and live peacefully.

          • phyrbyrd says:

            badthingsman, you’re not a Neo-Nazi, are you? You talk like one. I’d say you sounded like a BNP or UKIP member except I know one of those and he’s much nicer than you sound.

          • badthingsman says:

            I am not any kind of nazi. I speak what I believe to be the brutal truth. No sugarcoating and no politically correct mumbo jumbo.

          • MRDA says:

            The Nazis, I hear, were pro-Muslim in World War II – at least to the extent of collaborating with them against Jews.

          • MRDA says:

            There’s a big difference between despising a culture or philosophy and despising a race.

    • MRDA says:

      Thanks, man!
      “All they are doing is confirming to more and more people that they deserve to be hated and destroyed. They are a threat to society and must be plucked out.”
      If, when you say “they” and “towelheads”, you mean the Jihadites and not peaceable Muslims, then I couldn’t agree with you more!

      • badthingsman says:

        Peaceable Muslims, to me, are like peaceable Klan members. Yes, they have rights. Yes, they are entitled to their own opinions. But they’re also a sitting bomb waiting to go off. Islam is a hateful religion. Anyone who disagrees is simply overlooking the facts which can clearly be seen in the Quran.

        • MRDA says:

          In future, I plan to read the Quo-ran to get my own conclusions.
          And no all with religious affiliations take them seriously enough to the extent of impeding their rational thought – I know many good people who are either Xtian or Muslim.
          The distinction is there and must be acknowledged.

          • badthingsman says:

            Fair enough. I know a few good Christians and wiccans, so I cannot assume all muslims are bad or evil. But I still believe that Islam is a hateful religion. Anyone coming to Islam is playing with fire.

  12. bastardzero says:

    You need to be getting an editorial gig. I learn more from your LJ’s brief references to UK politics and society than I have from all the BBC America I’ve watched in my life (I think it was Rinku who told me that BBC World News sends the same syndication to every place on earth, but America gets its own, watered down version of world news). I’m not just being an Orwell obsessed hippie when I say that they don’t tell us shit, so don’t try to sell your stuff to Time or Newsweek or anyone that syndicates to America, they’ll notice that you mention UK politicians BESIDES Tony Blair and they’ll say “You’re going to confuse American readers, they think Tony Blair is the Grand All Powerful Dictatorial Emperor Of England and Prince William and his date raping, nazi brother are next in line”. The way to get sincere, open foreign editorial into America is… well, through your LJ, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try to make some cash selling your work to British magazines and newspapers. It’s probably a lot easier than you think, I’ve known plenty of people who’ve sold their work to magazines who weren’t nearly as eloquent and inspiring and informative as you.

  13. ex_req431 says:

    well everyone else has said what I wanted to say. Except that tangent about Islam.. you get my idea.
    You’re the only person I know in London!
    Your posts make my brain cells smarter.

  14. withonen says:

    good to know you’re alright.
    worried bout ya
    oh yeah, i can’t believe you guys won the olympic games against us!~
    And also, there were muslims that were killed in the tube, french ones I think (the french here made a big deal about it)
    when you’re sick of it there, hop on the eurostar and have a vacation here.
    Talk soon 😉

    • MRDA says:

      A Eurostar Vacation, eh? My friend had one of those, and I’d be eager to see France again someday… ^_^
      Hope you’re doing ok, Ana…

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