Is this a key moment in history as a massive crowd gathers in Paris? Nous sommes Charlie? What does it all mean, why are we feeling the way we do?
Underpinning all sentient beings behaviour is the tacit understanding that it is fundamentally wrong for a group of people to kill and terrorise others because they think writings and drawings about their religion are blasphemous or however they term it. Thing is this has been around for a while, at least since the fatwa on Salman Rushdie and there has been no concerted, fully thought through response since. Yes we have increased ‘security’, continuing western military aggression and slaughter in the Middle East, the ongoing Israel/Palestine ‘problem’, and continued acts of islamofascist aggression and slaughter. We, the people, cannot continue to allow this situation to continue to be framed by our politicians and the various factions. There needs to be a supra-national forum, the United Nations with agreed powers to punish individuals and states who contravene basic human rights.
It is a little sad that worldwide media missed the glaring opportunity to simply publish Charlie Hebdo’s stuff and simply ask the question is it right to kill, maim and terrorise for this? Nick Cohen calls the BBC, Channel 4 and others cowards for not doing this, it is as if there is a blasphemy law that exists but has never been discussed or approved by any body. There has been no proper mainstream questioning of islamofascism yet. They, the islamofascists, should be acutely made aware that every other religion and faith has been questioned, ridiculed and made fun of, what is unique about Islam? As Martin Amis wrote: ” They hate us for letting our children have sex and take drugs—well, they’ve got to stop their children killing people.”
Saudi Arabia needs to be seriously questioned, a state where someone can be murdered by the state for apostasy, are they so unsure of themselves? And I haven’t even begun to discuss their misogyny, homophobia, and support of the islamofascist thugs.
Nick Cohen writes an article about the situation in today’s Observer, many consider it brave. Interesting that they feel this, the same would not be written if it had been about any other religion. If it is a key moment then we all, especially our politicians, media, and UN need to say loud and clear that the behaviour of these islamofascists is absolutely wrong and cowardice is no longer an option.
There, that’s sorted that out.
Meanwhile on the crabby front, although if i am to be consistent then I shouldn’t use front as I’m against battle terminology and it has battle connotations, the three of us went out last night. We went to a rather splendid Georgian pile called Smedmore House to celebrate Kerry the hairdresser’s birthday. Kate looked gorgeous and I had glitter in my dyed hair (Kerry wanted people to dress in purple and glitter and as is sadly too often the case too few people bothered, too self-conscious).
It was very different for the likes of us pitchforkers to be in such sumptuous surroundings. Drank some fizz, spoke with some folk including Cal and her credit of a daughter Chani (hope that’s correct spelling). Haven’t lost my propensity to tease as when Cal noticed glitter on my jacket I said it was a radiotherapy side effect – glittery dandruff. Probably because of all the talking my throat very sore on return home, or maybe karma for teasing.
Playing Silver Machine very loud right now, sadly no hair to headbang with.
Kate very pleased with our new look kitchen, she feels it’s more ‘grown up’.
Yes Martin, happiness is a state of mind but one that can be brought about by things both external and internal, were not those 3 girls already in a heightened state because of circumstance and environment then augmented by communal sharing of joint something, or maybe something of joint sharing?
- share the love with everyone. even the islamofascists. As well as satirising their actions lovebomb them to try and replace the misguided hatred in their misguided heads.
Keep on keeping on, love Duncan.