Monday, 16 November 2015

Careless talk costs lives

It's difficult to think of much else other than Paris this Monday, particularly the ramifications of the pointless tragedy.

I was thinking of the London Blitz and war-footing this morning, and how people willingly sacrificed some of their 'human rights' for the sake of national security, and I have begun to think that the same will be asked of us soon - even though we have more cameras trained on us than the average country.

I would really like to think it was possible to pull up the drawbridge on this little island, but of course this is just day-dreaming. Anyone who dares to mention that there is a strong possibility that one or two terrorists are slipping into Europe hidden in amongst thousands of genuine refugees is accused of siding with the Daily Mail, such is the hysteria caused by the Paris shootings. I know if I was planning an infiltration here, this would be the first thing I would think of - the most obvious way of hiding trees is in a forest.

Pop a paper bag on any street in France now, and you will cause a stampede and probably be shot in the process. Somebody only had to whisper that they thought they had seen a gunman down the road last night, to send a silent vigil into screaming flight, with everyone trampling on the flowers and candles. The poor sods.

By sheer chance, the hospital which dealt with all the casualties in the aftermath of the real thing, had just that hour completed a training exercise which dealt with exactly the same scenario, but using actors. The actors were replaced with real people in a matter of minutes, and the training was so fresh in the minds of the medical staff that they believe that they saved an extra 50 lives as a result of it. They even trained for the treatment of automatic AK47 wounds. Next time, I am going to take a fire-drill seriously.

Where do we all go from here? Well, one obvious step would be to halt the cuts to the Metropolitan Police's budget and keep the Bobbies on the streets. There are some sacrifices that are not worth making in the long run. If you could save someone's life by going bankrupt, would you not?

Everyone in London lived their lives on high-alert in the 1970s, when the IRA had cells all over the city. Special rubbish bins were designed to deflect any blasts from bombs placed in them upwards and away from the passers by. Northern Irish accents were treated with extreme suspicion.

I felt sorry for the Northern Irish in England at that point, and I feel sorry for the vast majority of young men with obvious Moslem names now too, but the first thing a suicide bomber does before going out on a job is shave his beard off - if they ever had one in the first place.

The lid is off and the genii is out.

25 comments:

  1. I was in a small town this morning where there is a big North African (Muslim) population. As usual people were going about their normal business, veils and djellabas were being worn, and life proceeded as normal.

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    1. What else can you do? To make unnecessary changes to your daily life would just be giving in to the bastards - lying down and waiting for whatever comes next.

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  2. Sensible comment Tom. And how interesting to read Cro's comment in the light of it. It is so easy to panic, but that is what they want us to do. I do agree with a lot of what you say, particularly not reducing but increasing the police presence.

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    1. The one thing that ISIS have proved they are very good at is filling vacuums.

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    2. I share similar thoughts in my own post today.

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    3. I've just looked and realised that I have already read your blog plus the post relevant to this one.

      I am guessing that you are - like Alice Cooper - a Christian, and I have all respect for you for that. It's just that I don't want to bring anything other than Christian values - or Moslem values - into here.

      There is only one god, and that is God, no matter what any other god tells us.

      All of this fundamentalist shit is to do with gods, and right now, I am sick and tired of everyone else's opinion as to which is the real god.

      All I know is that I love all life and life forms - I even identify with things that have no faces, but that doesn't stop me from eating any of them.

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  3. We would need to suspend the Human Rights Act and increase stop and search powers for even a doubling of the Met on the streets to have any effect.

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    1. Yes, this must happen I think. We must divert the Met's preoccupation away from British black people and channel it into an obsession with British born Middle-Eastern people.

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  4. Hi Tom, thinking of you and yours in Europe right now.

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    1. Oh thanks Sarah, but the vast majority of us Northern Europeans are perfectly fine at the moment.

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  5. Praise must go to the central paris hospitals dealing with the sudden influx of over 300 wounded 100 of them requiring immediate surgery and intensive care beds but have been a logistical and emotional nightmare .
    Well done them..........well done

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    1. Yes indeed. Praise must also go to the hospitals in Middle Eastern territories which have a steady influx of war victims and about one 100th of the supplies that we take for granted too.

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    2. Goodpoint.....and while we are at it dont forget the mini itu at glan clwyd hospital nr rhyl!

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    3. Is that one in Special Measures too?

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    4. The trust is in special measures... We on itu , i can objectively say provide excellent care
      Itu is not the entire health board

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    5. I know John, of course I do. I am only taking the piss.

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  6. I agree with you about more police. It has worked for NYC. They have a war command room (I'm not sure what they really call it) since 9/11 with every system imaginable at the ready for an attack. I think that is why the terrorists haven't been able to launch another one in NYC.

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    1. Yes - N.Y.C. can go bankrupt, and still afford good security. Maybe Wall Street has something to do with it? Only 5% has been knocked off shares in Europe as a result of this outrage, but the market will soon recover - don't worry about that.

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  7. I won't make myself popular for saying this, but not too many tears are shed for the 1,000,000 victims of ISIS so far clocked-up, well away from our own doorstep. I don't see the Beirut flag on anyone's header for the recent bombs which killed loads of innocent men, women and children. That hurts them just as much as this hurst us.

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    1. It did not go unnoticed. I started to list on Saturday the numbers murdered in Beirut and Israel and Palestine and the Yemen last week and stopped because it got beyond me and it ended up not being published.

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    2. It's not published anywhere else as well. The U.S. never took statistics in Iraq, and they set the trend. The true figures - even the conservative estimates - are just appalling.

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