Don’t give in to terrorism

by DannyUK

This blog has had a few more entries recently that feel more “old-school”. Stuff about me, my life, what’s happening and less about reviews and stuff. I like it.

It goes without saying, of course, that there are still reviews coming. I’ve got a natty little Android tv box called an August DVB500 which I’ve been sent to have a play with, and there will be a review on that soon. There is also the normal competition running over on the competition page.

But I have to admit that it does feel nice to blog about life once in a while. The problem is that quite often there’s not much going on. Work has been slow, I have no money as everything is being saved towards (hopefully) moving home and there’s only so many times I can reveal that I’m sat in Costa again.

I’ve taken to watching Malcolm In The Middle on Netflix, as I mentioned before. I don’t think I ever really watched it too much when it was originally on tv, but watching it back now it really is a great series. I must be three seasons in now and still enjoying it.

I can’t help but smile a little when the title screens are playing and the theme tune sings “You’re not the boss of me now…” as I’ve heard Mrs DannyUK warble that line many times at both the kids and myself when we are asking her to do something she doesn’t want to do. (Go to soft play hell, make chicken nuggets for dinner, eat shedloads of chocolate. The kids ask for things just as bad too…)

Malcolm in the middle - You're not the boss of me now - From an article by DannyUK.com

The opening titles

The world is still feeling the fall-out from the Paris attacks. I fear that the fresh news reports of terrorism will allow governments throughout the world to push through new laws under the guise of trying to protect us all, but which in reality are just stripping away privacy.

It’s a confusing one. On one hand, I don’t really have a problem with the government snooping around on me, if that’s really what they want to do. I have nothing to hide, and, therefore, nothing to fear. On the other hand, I don’t think that they should have the right to pry so deeply into our private lives.

There’s also the seemingly age-old argument of religion and race being to blame The calls for closing our borders is nothing short of ludicrous, especially as the original petition was started by a woman living in Spain.

Once again, I can see sides to most arguments. I can understand that people don’t want immigrants coming over to the UK. I can also understand that people are scared at the thought of terrorism on the UK streets. What people seem to forget is that regardless of race or religion, we are all human.

I would like to think that if I were ever in a situation where I needed to flee for my life, I would be offered sanctuary. Whether that’s by a friend or neighbour, or someone I’ve never met. That’s the same here.

I’m just going to break away for a second to mention Islamic State / ISIS / ISIL.  There are so many different names for the same group of terrorists, but hopefully the “new” name that the media have picked up will start to stick.  Referring to them as “Daesh”, Alice Guthrie describes in detail why the terrorists hate the word, but one sentence sums it up for me:

Daesh is not just that the name makes them sound little, silly, and powerless, but that it implies they are monsters, and that they are made-up.

Back to the main point.

As for terrorism, it’s probably pertinent to point out that there is a current threat in the UK. But guess what? There pretty much always has been. Before Daesh, it was Al Quaeda. Before them, it was the IRA. I remember as a kid the devastating bombing campaigns that the IRA carried out in London, and the knock on effect it had on communities.

Don't give in to terrorism - IRA bombing in London - Old Bailey car bomb - Taken from an article by DannyUK.com. Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images

This wasn’t an uncommon site in decades gone by - The scene outside the Old Bailey in London after an IRA car bomb exploded, killing one person and injuring many, 8th March 1973. Looking north along Old Bailey, with the Central Criminal Court on the right and Newgate Street ahead. (Photo by Michael Ward/Getty Images)

But here’s the other thing. Taking into account all of the atrocities in this millennium, including the London bombings of 7/7 and the recent attacks in Paris, the grand total of deaths is still lower than that of the September 11th attacks in New York.

That’s not to try and dilute the importance of the deaths or to try and ignore the horror that each death brings to the family, friends and neighbours of the dead. It’s to try and show that as horrific as recent attacks are, they are rare, unusual and unlikely to happen to us.

I’ve no doubt that the odds of dying in a terrorist attack are far lower than the odds of dying in some really unusual ways.

Terrorism wants us to be afraid. The terrorists want us to close ranks, cast blame and doubt and live in fear.

Let’s not. Don’t give in to terrorism.

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