I hate the way this event is being portrayed by the media. It was an awful event for hundreds, maybe thousands, of people. It was an upsetting event for millions. But if you believe the media portrayal it was the worst thing that's ever happened. Why do we not have a two minutes silence for the people killed in the Lockerbie crash? Where's the two minutes silence for all those victims of the Troubles??? And what happened to the quiet reflection of a period of silence? Now you have to hang around on the streets with flags and placards while you "remember" the fallen. Grief Inflation I think it's called. One picture on telly today was of a Muslim school who had all their children standing outside with signs saying how sad they were. Surely it would have been better for these kids to 1) be kept away from the glare of cameras while at school, a place of safety and peace and 2) learn the benefits of silent reflection.
The news presenter on telly just said "Ian Blair has just confirmed that our vibrant city will survive these attacks". Thank God! There I was thinking we were all going to have to leave. This nation has gone insane. Have we forgotten the Hell London went through in the war? The terror of the IRA? We must have because if we did remember these things we'd know we've been through rough times before... and came through the other side.
But 4 men with crude explosives, stupid enough to take their own lives thus ending their struggle, seem to be the harbingers of our pending apocalypse.
I am pleased to say that not one person in London I've spoken to seems to feel like the above. I must only know sane people. The people I know think it was a very sad thing to happen... and that's that. Most British people I've spoken to have referred to the IRA campaigns and shrugged off the threat from Muslim fundamentalists as more of the same.
That gives me some hope.