Ho hum. Another day. Another terrorist attack. And while the assault we endure in the Yukon every summer by the tourorists goes on with very little in the way of physical carnage the terrorists increase the level of mayhem in the world at large, today in the form of a van allegedly running people down on the London Bridge in London.
When will it end? Why are these multiple "extremists" so very unhappy? These men surely must realize their lives may quite suddenly end during or after the event of the attack. They could simply go to the nearest pub instead and enjoy a fish and chips with ale, but instead... this is happening.
How to understand what goes on inside the mind of someone who makes a decision such as this? Perhaps for a start, we might want to imagine how we would react to a country which continually profits from bombing our own civilians, killing our wives and brothers and children at will from the comfort of the cockpit of a jetfighter. To us, then, on the ground in Aleppo the dead piling up around us are not "terrorists" but relatives, friends, acquaintances. People we've known and respected all of our lives.
And so, from that perspective it shouldn't be so very difficult to see why many of these people are hellbent on revenge. But as understandable as their anger may be, I kind of like my kids and don't really want my guts spread out underneath a car either.. The larger question, the question we all face today is what are we going to do about it?
Many in the west are willing to accommodate people who are truly, desperately in need, maybe even going beyond tolerance to the realm of helping them! Their hearts go out to families who have lost everything they ever valued, who arrive with nothing and face the insurmountable hurdle of earning a living in a land which is completely foreign to them, whose culture is unlearnable, whose ways and customs are beyond understanding. Imagine arriving in Saudi with nothing, crawling up the beach from the sea and beginning a new life in Abu Dabai, white as a seagull and with every eye suspicious of your intentions.
But again, what should be done? The situation, if these attacks are real, and not faked to get the public to support the war-profiteers, appears to be quickly spiraling out of control. With the situation becoming evermore desperate, something needs to happen to prevent a massive public physical backlash against any and all migrants, the vast majority of whom clearly want nothing to do with violence or they wouldn't have made the treacherous trip to escape it in their own homelands!
We could, perhaps, restrict entrance to children under six and women over 60, leaving the most likely age group for a terrorist attack to find another destination. Of course, the unfairness of this for all those who do not fit the safe profile would be an awful injustice, but the benefits might outweigh the costs of such a decision. As a parent myself, the thought of my own children being able to have a chance at a peaceful life would very likely over-shadow my own desire for safety, so i could imagine accepting the reality that this new land fears me enough to keep me out while accepting my young children, and the aged, the most at-risk people, after all.
And yes, of course, this is raw discrimination at its finest. But don't we all 'discriminate' every time we shop? Whatever we choose to accept results in an automatic rejection of something or someone else. And to repeat myself yet again, the situation does appear desperate enough to demand a desperate solution. A desperate solution to prevent a much worse scenario than the one we are today experiencing. A crazy idea? Your call. (And no worries. i have a lot more!)