Either way – whoever is elected in November – the US is f*cked. That wouldn’t necessarily be a problem for the civilised world (that’s pretty much everywhere but the US right now) if the mess was contained within in Washington and Los Angeles and the vast swathes of under-educated, over-opinionated, over-weight, dumbfuckary that lies between them, but it’s not.
Of course there are passages in the Quran that read to the modern reader as primitive, barbaric, and violent. The same is true of all ancient texts – the Bible included, and few demand a revision of the Old Testament on the grounds of Israel’s primitive, barbaric, and violent behaviour in the occupied West Bank or in Gaza.
Regardless of the facts, the right-wing media has to make this about the danger of Islam even when that narrative reading of the event comes at the cost of the truth. Owen Jones, during a SKY News interview, pointed this out and was rounded upon for daring to challenge the official agenda.
Full spectrum surveillance of whole populations, ranging from on street closed circuit cameras, to wholesale spying on emails and online activity, to the developments of smart devices for listening into conversations in people’s homes has become the norm.
Perhaps, after all, we are a legitimate target for terrorists abroad, and I hope if they do come they know the way to Leinster House.
The US has systematically flouted international and human rights law, and has made it a matter of policy to antagonise Putin’s Russia, North Korea, Iran, and every other country that resists freedom and democracy (code for US domination).
Since September 11 (2001) a development in racism has taken place across Europe. Reported incidents of racist abuse have shifted from the identification of the victim’s skin colour or their perceived country of origin to an identification of their religion.
Blaming Muslims, refugees, and migrants in Europe for these terrible events is like blaming bread for the Great Fire of London. The truth is more uncomfortable, and the culprits are not such soft targets.