Posted by: markfender | November 17, 2015

Solidarité

Do you ever get the idea that maybe, just maybe, the terrorists have won?

French-Flag-2Because, as echoed in some Democratic debates several Western countries away, everyone’s real keen on hunting down people who are responsible. And every time the Western world tracks down the people who are responsible, it somehow results in ist own people losing some liberties. (Snowden wouldn’t be hiding out in Russia if 9/11 hadn’t happened, because we wouldn’t have signed over our digital rights in our quest for revenge). And, the Western world losing some liberties seems to be the goal of crazy terrorists.

I’m certainly not saying that people responsible for crimes shouldn’t pay for those crimes. But it would be nice if, for once, we could react like the nice, decent people I hope we are and not make the world slightly shittier to live in. Let’s not knee-jerk response after a tragedy, like we normally seem to do. Let’s maybe not hammer down on security measures, making travel a nightmare for fourteen years. Let’s not go and buy more guns to ‘protect ourselves.’ Let’s maybe not hate on Islam for one stupid cult that’s being a bunch of dicks (and let’s not forget that even as recently as Jonestown, Christians managed to kill 9 times the number of people the Paris attacks did).

Let’s try to find a way to punish evildoers, without making the rest of us suffer as well. For once.

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