The Post-Terror Narrative

I didn’t bother to comment on the terror attack in Manchester because I said everything after the last one, and I know what is coming next (nothing). This Jihad Fatigue is a bugger to shake.

However, this article by Brendan O’Neill in Spiked is worth reading:

It is becoming clear that the top-down promotion of a hollow ‘togetherness’ in response to terrorism is about cultivating passivity. It is about suppressing strong public feeling. It’s about reducing us to a line of mourners whose only job is to weep for our fellow citizens, not ask why they died, or rage against their dying. The great fear of both officialdom and the media class in the wake of terror attacks is that the volatile masses will turn wild and hateful. This is why every attack is followed by warnings of an ‘Islamophobic backlash’ and heightened policing of speech on Twitter and gatherings in public: because what they fundamentally fear is public passion, our passion. They want us passive, empathetic, upset, not angry, active, questioning. They prefer us as a lonely crowd of dutiful, disconnected mourners rather than a real collective of citizens demanding to know why our fellow citizens died and how we might prevent others from dying. We should stop playing the role they’ve allotted us.

Go read the whole thing.

 

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23 thoughts on “The Post-Terror Narrative

  1. The harder they lash down the relief valve, the sooner the explosion will come.

  2. Except I don’t really expect an explosion, just an abject surrender.

    That’s already happened. I am comforted by my being certain that this is undoubtedly what the majority want. As to why, I have no idea. But this is most certainly what they want.

  3. The tireless work of our pretend journalists and vacuous celebs is designed to help suppress us. You know, as in ‘ooh I like his smile and he says he has muslim friends (not that the word is ever actually used in the media) and so they must be alright.’ Unfortunately, it seems to work: my step-daughter, for example, stoutly defends all muslims and confidently expects us to accept their ways, but then she only reads left-wing tripe (aka the bulk of the mainstream media) so has little perspective. I have pointed out that this willingness to accept unconditionally will probably mean at some point she would be well advised to wear a hijab and memorise the Koran. She remains defiant because the young know so much more than we oldies.

    I fear that there will be a revolt of ordinary people at some point but the longer it takes to occur then the massed ranks of the pro-islam authorities, backed by yet more laws, and the increasing number of their faithful — they do prefer from what I have heard to want male children born here and bring wives in from abroad — will make it a very bloody resolution. You might think however that there must be some in the higher reaches of government who don’t like what is happening and if they came into the open the ‘explosion’ could be sooner rather than later. I take it too there are some in the forces and police who quietly have no truck with islam, so the ongoing work of the media in trying to hold down the bubbling anger is required.

    By and large the British are deferential in all sorts of ways. We might get a bit barbaric over football tribalism and the like when drunk, but in essence we are mostly live and let live. The trouble starts to come when we come up against people who believe more in the later.

    Something will have to give: either we convert to some sort of Merkel-inspired Euro-islam or we say no, we will resist. Interesting times.

  4. Sorry, above in the penultimate par it should have read ‘do not believe in the latter.’ The later as written must refer to some after-life.

  5. I had to come here to rant. There’s no place for me in this new social media echo chamber where everyone immediately trots out the same platitudes, the profile pictures, the demands that we ‘stand together’ to have some whimsical poem read at us when half of south Manchester has been arrested and I don’t know who the hell it is I’m even standing next to. For ‘stand together’ I just read ‘keep quiet and don’t ask questions’.

  6. I had to come here to rant.

    Rant away. I’m glad you’re safe, BTW.

  7. Bardon; In foreign policy terms, at least, Trump strikes me as something of a throwback to pre-WWII, probably pre-WWI, isolationism. His general, default, position seems to be “these are your problems, you sort them out, we no longer want to”.

    Which is fair enough, as far as it goes.

    So he’s probably very Woodrow Wilson-ish. Not that that worked out particularly well.

  8. The Manc; yeah, that poem was, urgh, entirely predictable in all sorts of ways.

    Which half?

  9. Nevertheless, I offer you my condolences – seem to remember you’ve lived in Manchester while in university – hope your friends from that time or their families are not hurt.
    The same way I reach out to my Israeli acquaintances after yet another arab muslim kills a person.

  10. Nevertheless, I offer you my condolences – seem to remember you’ve lived in Manchester while in university – hope your friends from that time or their families are not hurt.

    Thank you. Yes, I lived there between 1996-2003, in fact I worked in the Manchester Arena (or the Nynex as it was then called) for a brief period in 1997. I also lived in the areas where they are now carrying out arrests, but I’d barely know my way around these days. Fortunately it appears those few people I still no in Manchester are all right; not that I’d think any of them would be at an Ariana Grande concert.

  11. I am comforted by my being certain that this is undoubtedly what the majority want.

    Is it what the majority want, though?
    Or are there a majority of people who are fed up with this slaughter, but don’t say anything because they have been forced into silence by the very real threat of a police investigation?
    Without knowing people’s true thoughts, both scenarios would look the same from the outside.

  12. I’m proud to have been a card carrying member of Sinn Féin in my youth and I am disgusted that the UK isn’t taking in millions of Syrian refugees a la Merkel.
    Just putting that out there so you can better evaluate what I say next:

    The Islamists accuse of us being ‘Crusaders’, we- as a society- need to get just that medieval. Scrape up Abedi’s remains (assuming they can find any) and pour them into the nearest pig trough live on you tube. Try getting into Paradise with a pig shit overcoat Salman!

    Then announce that every terrorist shot dead during an act of terrorism will be dismembered and cast to the swine on youtube.

    Also charge the next idiot (be they a musselman or not) who tweets something like ‘ it’s wrong to blame the R.o.P’ under the ‘offensive’ laws.

  13. The only interesting thing to have emerged since the atrocity is the govt’s complaint that the US Securitate has given the terrorists a helping hand by providing “operational information” to their serfs in the US media.

  14. Or are there a majority of people who are fed up with this slaughter, but don’t say anything because they have been forced into silence by the very real threat of a police investigation?

    If the population were that afraid of the police, and this issue meant that much to them, the police would be facing complete non-cooperation on the streets from the middle classes, if not open hostility. When that policeman got killed at Westminster recently, everyone was pouring out their sympathy on social media. Contrast this with what the Irish Republicans said when an RUC constable was killed.

  15. complete non-cooperation on the streets from the middle classes, if not open hostility

    I guess this is the thing to look out for then, if it happens at all. Either way, it seems like a lot more blood is going to be scraped off pavements until we see any change in attitudes from certain people.

  16. Just waiting for that bloke with the piano to show up and start playing Imagine. Then everything will be better.

  17. It seems odd that the bomber murdered people after, not before, they went to the concert.
    I know nothing about Ariana Grande, of course. Just this generations’s version of Madonna, I suppose.

  18. The issue with political Islam is the fact that they want to force their way of life on those who don’t want it. The only way to fight is to show you are willing to defend your way of life. Which is clearly not happening.

  19. James, after the concert means almost no security checks when entering the building.

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