Thursday, January 08, 2015
The Paris Massacre: The Light and the Darkness
It's not going to be easy to write this post, because the anger I felt earlier today, has been replaced by sadness and shock.
Sadness for those who were killed, and those who loved them. Shock at the bestiality of those who would murder others for the "crime" of wielding a pencil.
For as you might have guessed, while I have no time for crazy religion, and I hate bullies with a passion.
I do admire cartoonists a lot...
For telling the truth that so many others dare not speak.
And what disturbs me the most is that I know that right-wing governments and fascist groups all over Europe will use this insane massacre to swell the ranks of their supporters, by taking maximum political advantage of the situation. And dragging us all into their hideous darkness.
As will, as I pointed out in my last post, Stephen Harper.
You know, Great Strong Closet Leader.
Who will almost certainly use that senseless massacre to try to hang on to power, by cranking up the Fear Factor, and trying to scare Canadians into voting for him. In what now might be a very early election.
Even though nobody has done more to suppress the truth, or bullied, intimidated, or terrorized more people in this country than he has. His latest victims being these Canadians.
A Halifax environmental group that survived a special "political activities" audit says it has become more cautious — even suggesting it backs off issues — since being targeted by the Canada Revenue Agency.
And his crocodile tears about the death of journalists, are laid low by the fact that he has left the Canadian journalist Mohamed Fahmy rot in an Egyptian prison for over a year...
For the "crime" of doing his job.
But I'll have more to say about Harper and his foul Con gang, and how we must counter the fear and the fascist tactics that they are sure to use against us, in some other post.
Tonight, I just want to say this to all the right-wingers, fascists, religious maniacs, violent bullies, and savage terrorists of the world:
We will not let you take away our freedoms, or turn us into a police state, or force us to play your terrorist game.
Terrorism is no ordinary crime. It depends on consequence. It can kill people and damage property. It can impose cost. But it cannot occupy territory or topple governments. Even to instil fear it requires human enhancement, from the media and politicians.
That is why the most effective response is to meet terrorism on its own terms. It is to refuse to be terrified. It is not to show fear, not to overreact, not to over-publicise the aftermath. It is to treat each event as a passing accident of horror, and leave the perpetrator devoid of further satisfaction. That is the only way to defeat terrorism.
We will mock you mercilessly...
For it is what you deserve. And you hate it so much.
The pen or the pencil IS mightier than the sword...
For even when bloodied, by the enemies of freedom.
It only comes back stronger...
For we are all Charlie now.
That is the light in the darkness...
And like freedom, the truth cannot be murdered, suppressed, or muzzled.
And in that regard, this is my message for Stephen Harper and his would be merchants of fear.
Let me be clear, my dictator, and would be foul fascist.
You will STILL be defeated.
And like so many others, we are not AFRAID...
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