Death is in the air.
I can’t remember a more sombre period as the one we are presently experiencing. Death, Death, Death everywhere. Carjackings resulting in death, minor disputes resulting in death, religious differences resulting in death. That which is meant to bind us together is so far pulling us apart. How can a human being end the life of another simply because they do not share the same faith, even though they share the same God?
Last year when I mentioned in one of my posts (My God Is Better Than Your God) that global terrorism has seen a massive increase, I didn’t expect for it to reach these levels. The darkness and sorrow that envelopes us all is quite frightening. The news, rumours, innuendoes that come out as a result of every new attack is alarming. Humanity has become the worst it can ever be.
In less than 10 weeks, Britain has been struck THRICE, lives have been lost and the only certain thing is that the ideology driving all these madness is getting stronger. Blame has been passed on to the security services for allowing ‘persons of interest’ and on ‘the watchlist’ out of their sights thus allowing them to perpetrate such heinous crimes, can they realistically watch everyone? Blame has been passed to Theresa May for cutting police size thus reducing the amount of police presence on our streets. Blame has been passed to religious leaders for not playing an active role in stemming the spread of this killer ideology within their communities. Blame has been passed to you and I for not reporting that ‘dodgy guy’ next door until he has murdered a few people in cold blood. With all the blame flying around, does it not look like we are running the risk of playing politics?. Politics with people’s lives….. and deaths.
How do you rationale killing young kids at a concert? How? If there was ever a thing called ‘Season of Death,’ this is it. For death is all around us. The seriousness of it soon dawns on you when you think twice before taking your kids to the park, because it is a ‘crowded place’, go for after-work drinks with your colleagues, because you all will be in a ‘crowded place,’ attend festivals and concerts, because they are all ‘crowded places.’ When you think about it, does it not feel like those who terrorise us have won? We cannot, or are afraid to do what we normally do, just because they might get us.
Air travel is changing, the 2 hour rule of arriving at the airport before your flight time will soon change to 4 hours. And you must be very prepared to submit yourself to some intense full body search. Growing a beard as a fashion statement is changing, especially if you are of middle eastern origin. It can mark you out instantly when authorities profile you at home and abroad. Using certain words in your conversations online is changing. Listening computers can pick up those keywords and identify you as a threat. Under most terrorism powers, the police (or secret service) are allowed to arrest and detain you for days on end while investigating you to make sure that ‘word’ is harmless. Everything is changing. I ask again, have they won?
While I sit here reflecting, in the relative safety of my office walls, I can’t help but think about those families whose lives have now been destroyed …. FOREVER! My thoughts are with them today. I can’t even pretend to say I know how they feel, because I don’t. But I can pray for them, and pray with them and hope that their loss become bearable at some point.
As for those who terrorise us, have they won? I don’t think they have, but I hope we have the resilience to fight back.