I'm not an insensitive person. Really, I'm not. But when something happens so far away, it's hard to grasp the reality of the situation.
Another terrorist attack in London, two weeks after the first one that resulted in the loss of 56 lives. Preliminary reports are indicating this incident isn't nearly so bad, with only one injury on record. Also no word on the responsible party, but I think we can see where all the fingers will be pointing.
Now I'm watching my stock portfolios go all red and I'm cursing the terrorists for disturbing my finances. Selfish, fine. But it's the most direct way I've been affected.
What surprises me is the difference in culture on the other side of the pond. When nasty things like this happen in the US, there's widespread panic and disruption of schedules. But in London, the news stories show people scrambling to get to work by other means of transportation! I'm not sure, but I think the boss would understand if you were late because some whackjob detonated a bomb on your train.
Personally, I'm going to side with the Western culture on this one. If I narrowly avoid being turned into Kibbles 'n Bits, I think I'll just take the day off work and count my blessings. Maybe go enjoy the serenity of a cemetery, the only place where everyone is truly at peace, and when differences in religion finally don't matter.
The War on Terror, if indeed this event is again related, has been going on a lot longer than I would have expected. I used to think that war was an obsolete concept. In a day where we have weapons capable of removing a moon-sized chunk of the planet in mere seconds, it seems silly that we would send soldiers on foot into far away lands. Fortunately, public scrutiny demands this discretionary warfare. Our enemy is interspersed with the innocent whom understand the true meaning of their religion. Hint: if you believe your God condones the wanton killing of disbelievers, you may be interpreting the scriptures wrong.
Then again, innocent is a very subjective and misleading word. This is true wherever you look. We like to think in terms of black and white. We good. They bad. But only in children's stories is the protagonist without fault.
Whoever fights monsters should see to it that in the process he does not become a monster. And if you gaze long enough into an abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
We've been poking around with our big stick a lot lately.