More Tears to Come
We will never stop radicalised Muslims committing mass murders. Throughout the world for a variety of reasons senseless mayhem takes place. In Brazil there are 40,000 murders a year, in Mexico 25k,USA 12k and in the Uk 770.
In the USA it is reckoned a mass shooting(4plus) takes place every two weeks. In 70 per cent of theses case the killer either commits suicide or is killed by the police. So even without radicalisation there are mainly young men who for greed, honour, as an expression of their hopelessness/revolt, hearing voices, conspiracy theories, cult beliefs will go out and kill and die. The reason is less important than the compulsion Simply wishing to dramatise their lives is a good enough reason suicide missions in any faith or cause.
The idea that people from another culture, faith, colour will totally integrate is fanciful. They may assimilate they may find ways of cooperating,they may get on, coexist,some will inter marry and boundaries may become blurred but not invisible. And when you have the globalisation of certain communities where contact with the old country is never lost but actively pursued then the confusion of identity and tension becomes even more likely. Against that,today, there is no way we can live in homogenous societies. In my nearly all white street I can count ten nationalities.
It is not difficult for some in the Middle East to talk of them and us. Throw in tensions between generations, the angst and anxiety of young people every where, the legitimisation of despair by social networks, the need to blame which many feel and you have a formula where it is surprising we do not have more incidents.
Maybe like the anarchists in the 19th century “all victims are guilty” it will blow over. Unlike with the Basques or the IRA there is no way there can be a discussion between our society and those who want to impose extreme sharia law. We can huff and we can puff, we can stop and arrest many but some as we have seen will always get through. Some through error, some because of our liberal system, some because one morning they just heard a voice.
PS On the election. As a working Tory Mrs May has been profoundly disappointing as a leader, strategist and personality. Just as Cameron’s appeal grew, May’s keeps going south. The fact that she is going to win big says how little campaigns count and how off the radar Labour has sunk.
PPS To cheer you up on this dismal day. In pure B&W, our Vera hams it up big. She is now 100.