Twenty-two people innocent people were mercilessly slaughtered by a bomber on Monday in Manchester. There is wall-to-wall coverage in the media. Each victim’s photograph, name and age is reverently publicised. We all personally feel angry and outraged by this appalling attack.
We must certainly mourn the innocent victims of bombings.
But not these innocent victims:
Who cares? Total silence. We kill. Just business as usual…
As UK commentator Tariq Ali recently said about the Manchester attack:
‘There was an initial report saying that they knew his identity and knew who he was, but nothing more has been said. The fact that he is of Libyan descent, was born in this country, and his parents were Libyan exiles, can’t be kept unlinked to the war that was waged on Libya, the six-month bombing carried out by NATO, the fact that that country now is totally wrecked. I mean, we have a pattern: This atrocity happens, we all denounce it, everyone says 95, 96 percent of the Muslim community is opposed to all this—which is all true. Then people like myself and a few others from the antiwar movement say this is not unrelated to the war on terror that has been going on now since 2001. Every Arab country that’s occupied, wrecked, has a consequence in Europe.
So it’s—we’re part of a sort of really vicious, now, cycle, where the wars go on, and terror attacks, carried out usually by tiny jihadi groups or by individuals, as appears to be in this case, goes on. Very little attention now is paid to the foreign policy link with these things, Amy. And that is a bit worrying, because these things started happening in Europe, the United States, after the involvement of the West, in quite a brutal way, in what is going on in the Arab world.’