Nice, France

What can I say?

Dallas was last week’s story and Nice is this week’s story. Next week……?

Nice hits us hard. My enduring memory of The Troubles is that each breaking news story was a reaction “it could have been me” or “it could not have been me”.

Thats how we kept reasonably sane. So some attrocities mean more than others and it is de-humanising. As a non-drinker, it was never very likely that I would be in a bar that the UVF would bomb. I had no association with “security forces” so unlikely that IRA would kill me. And no connexion to IRA , so not a deliberate target for the British.

Of course I could have fallen into the hands of the loyalist  Shankill Butchers or just been unlucky and passed by an exploding IRA car bomb…or I could have been one of those statistics in the files of the Historic Inquiry Section of PSNI…with remaining members of my family still searching for Justice.

It is unedifying. Retaining some Humanity and some Sanity by sacrificing some Humanity and some Sanity.

Anyone who lived thru the Troubles sees “Terrorism” thru the prism of our own lives. In extreme cases we will have heard people in Belfast….nationalists and unionists…take an anti-American stance after the attacks on the Twin Towers. Minority feelings of course but some nationalists  took the view that American Mid-East policy had caused it while others saw karma at work…as some unionists saw Americans as unhelpful in their war against IRA.

And we never really lose that. Less than two weeks ago, a couple of hundred people were killed in Baghdad, Iraq. We collectively shrug our shoulders. Last week five police officers were killed in Dallas, Texas…and it affects us more….we tune into American News channels like CNN and Fux News. And of course, the enduring  image of Nice is the pink flip-flop shoe and the doll.
We can identify with that. Certainly a grandfather of a 3year old girl can identify.
But little girls in Baghdad, killed by car bombs also own pink flip-flops but we rarely get to see it.
And little girls in Pakistan, killed by drones also own toys but we never get to see it.

We de-humanise ourselves. We identify with the bombs in Paris and Brussels. It “could” happen to us on a weekend break. It could happen to us on a ten-day vacation in Spain or Turkey.
But could it happen on a weekend break in Dublin? Or Copenhagen? Or Prague?
Could it happen on a ten-day vacation in Portugal? Or Malta?
I suppose the answer is “yes it could …but it is much less likely”.
For this is not a war on “western values”. It is a war on “some western values”…imperialism and post-imperial legacy. The bomb attacks on London on 7th July 2005 were carried out by English terrorists…of Pakistani heritage. Attacks on France are carried out by French terrorists of North African heritage.

What can be done. Britains nuclear weaponry is useless in the London Underground. The French nuclear arsenal cannot be deployed against a truck on the French Riviera.

Certainly there is something iconic about Bastille Day. “REPUBLIC”is a beautiful word in any language but “Vive la Republique” in French just sounds natural.
Yet it seems that the French, the British and Americans are not fighting the right people. The disaffected murderers in London, Paris, Brussels, Orlando, Dallas and Nice are little more than serial losers who are nihilistic and suicidal and ISIS or any terrorist group will either facilitate the hatred or retrospectively claim them.
But the real puppet-masters are in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia…nominally at least “allies” of the “West”. Nobody in Washington DC, London or Paris is dealing with the Saudis…or their bankers in New York, London and Frankfurt.

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9 Responses to Nice, France

  1. Mary Martin says:

    This could go on a long time, partly because it will take a long time to figure out how this is defeated.

  2. Political Tourist says:

    Had the pilot with mental health issues who crashed the plane into the Alps been of the Islamic faith, would it have been an act of terrorism?

  3. Wolfe tone says:

    Operation Gladio Mark 2. If we want to defeat this then we should look closer to home.

  4. Wolfe tone says:

    French anti terror police have told the Nice authorities to delete all cctv footage of the Bastille incident. You would imagine that cctv could help their investigations? Deleting it suggests a cover up. The question is what do they want to cover up? Security failings or something more sinister?

  5. Wolfe tone says:

    History has shown, be it paramilitary groups here in Ireland eg UVF, Los Pepes in Columbia, Al Qaeda etc etc that western state agencies were heavily involved in their origins and tactics. The question that must be asked is it not entirely possible that the said state agencies are involved with ISIS?
    In the last 3 or 4 years ISIS attacks have managed to stoke up hostility towards Muslims from western people. This hostility has allowed us to ignore or even applaud the sufferings of Muslim countries at the hands of western govts. Put it simply, ISIS is a gift to NATO and other western forces because without them these countries would have struggled to continue their activities without the support of their civilian populations. Lest we forget, NATO and western countries have been bombing 3rd world countries long before ISIS appeared; they were just running out of excuses to continue their policies……..until ISIS gave them a leg up that is.
    Btw, ISIS also managed to distract us all from the out and out fraud and theft these western powers committed on their own people with the banking crisis. Ruling by fooling? Or should I get my tin foil hat??

    • Well I also have a tin foil hat.
      Certainly iin the old Cold War days, the US military “industry” needed USSR.
      And it seems they have been looking for a role since then.
      For me….all roads lead to Saudi Arabia….which seems to be a bridge. The West does nothing and yet the Saudis support Terror.
      How exactly do they get away with it?

  6. Wolfe tone says:

    How exactly do they get away with it? Good question. Perhaps just like an individual ‘gets away with it’ when they have something on someone; the Saudis probably have something on western powers.

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