9/11 and the rise of the Right! A view.

There has always been a minority of racist right-wing fascists. They are the ones who scream about racial purity, white power and want to drive out all immigrants and people who aren’t like them. They like violence and appearing strong.

This obnoxious group of nationalists are usually kept in check by sane people – people who are tolerant and caring.

Then came 9/11 and the fear of terrorism, coupled with mass immigration.

Overpopulation, oppressive tyranny, war and climate change were conspiring to make regions of the world untenable. There were too many young people and too little work. Couple that with climate change and we have a recipe for disaster.

Wars in the Middle East have fostered hatred.

Droughts and heatwaves were driving people out of various regions.

Desperate people wanted to escape to a land of opportunity.

Fanatical religion, like extreme Islam, was able to harness the hate, the fear and the desperation. They unleashed a string of terrorist acts and tried to disrupt and destabilise the West (calling for a jihad against the oppressive crusaders – making it a holy war).

The fear of terrorism coupled with mass immigration fueled the rise of right-wing attitudes. There was a big rise in nationalism, isolationism, fascism, racism and xenophobia.

It was manna to populist leaders. They worked on this seam of fear and created more fear, more hate and division.

The immigrants desperate to escape terrible conditions in their own countries were looking for a chance. They were portrayed as rabid rapists, drug dealers, terrorists and murderers. They were coming in to take our jobs, rape our women and take over our country. They were bringing their vile customs and religions. They had to be stopped.

All around the world we saw fanatical extremists – ISIS, A Qaeda, Boko Haram, and the Taliban. There was a clash of cultures. We were at war.

The populist leaders – Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson, Erdogan, Modi, and Orban, promised easy solutions. We would build walls, use military might and threats, look after our own and leave the world to it.

You don’t beat fascism and fanaticism with violence.

Violence breeds hate

Hate breeds more violence.

Fascism needs defeating.

Populism, nationalism and intolerance is no answer. It produces nasty totalitarian states the like of which Trump, Bolsonaro, Johnson and the rest are building. It inflames division, creates more hate and violence.

We need a better answer.

We need to smash right-wing fascism – but not with violence.

Instead of looking at the product we need to address the cause!

What is causing the wave of mass immigration? What is fueling the rise of religious fanaticism?

It is overpopulation, changing climate, lack of opportunity, war and tyranny.

Those are the issues that require addressing and they cannot be addressed by building walls, separating ourselves off and delivering threats. They have to be dealt with globally by cooperation, planning and the intelligent application of solutions.

  1. Address climate change
  2. Provide economic stability
  3. End wars
  4. Educate the world
  5. Reduce populations

If people are employed, with a stable future, enough resources and no threats, they do not need to migrate and are not motivated to join fanatical groups.

You defeat fascism by the application of compassion and intelligence.

This blog kills fascism!!

Poetry – In The Land of Darkness

In The Land of Darkness

In the land of new darkness

You cannot see a friend.

In the gloom of fear

Terror looms around the bend.

Armed and wary,

Shoot first ask later,

Drown and cage,

Through the eyes of a serial hater.

Opher 6.6.2018

I feel that the fear of immigration and terrorism has created a tragedy. It has landed us with both Brexit and Trump.

The terrorists have won. They split us. They are gleefully watching us destroy ourselves.

Who would have believed that?

We trust nobody. Friend falls out with friend. Strangers are all potential terrorists. We have created fear and hatred that is cyclic. It regenerates itself.

Fascism is on the rise. It’s the thirties all over again. Just substitute Jew for Muslim. The wave of hate is heading towards war.

We live in a land of callousness and darkness.

Time for a bit of love!!!

Poetry – There was a boy

There was a boy

There was a young boy

With a bomb

Strapped to his chest.

In the shadows

Stands a man

With a button.

All because of what

Is believed

And why?

They are waiting

For the innocents

To gather.

Hate and lies

Prejudice

And fury.

All in the pressing of a button.

Opher 14.4.2016

There was a boy

The news was reporting that Boko Haram were using young boys and girls as suicide bombers.

Like paedophiles they groom their innocent children victims, feeding them lies.

They point to the people who they claim are evil. These people believe differently. They are heretics, apostates and loathed by god. They are thoroughly loathsome. The Koran states that the unbelievers should be killed.

Allah demands that they should be punished for their crimes of belief.

They were required to do Allah’s will.

They would open their eyes in paradise.

They are not trusted with the button.

The man in the shadows presses the button, watches the outcome, and smiles as the nails and bolts fly among the organs, tissues and limbs.

Poetry – A poem of hatred in numbers

A poem of hatred in numbers

9 11,

7 7,

Close your eyes and go to heaven.

13 11,

22 3,

No god will ever recognise thee.

7 7

22 3

A heart full of hate is never free.

Opher 24.3.2016

A poem of hatred in numbers

I wrote this poem for all the victims of terrorism around the world, for the people of Belgium and Paris, New York and London.

I wrote it bearing in mind Bali, Madrid and all the other places where the evil bombers have taken the blood of innocent people.

I wrote this for the terrorist scum and their doctrine of hatred.

The terrorists want to create division, hatred and war.

I feel that what we need is unity, love and peace to show them that there is a better way to live. We are better than them.

We will not hide in our homes and allow them to terrorise us with their threats. We will be out on the street defiantly embracing and holding hands.

Our intelligence services will hunt down the indoctrinated fools who planned these atrocities.

Our military will destroy the evil caliphate who behead, rape and terrorise. Such evil cannot be permitted.

Our educators will promote the message of tolerance and freedom.

There is no paradise awaiting monsters that have no love and mercy in their hearts.

There is no god who would condone barbarity.

The promise of virgins is an infantile concept for gullible fools.

There is no religion worth a bean that promotes rape and savagery. A curse upon all who spread the message of hatred. May they rot in their own hell. Your days are numbered.

Poetry – Bullshit

Bullshit

They told me I’d go to heaven

When I strapped on that bomb

That paradise would be mine

And everything would be fine

In the bus on the way to market

Fidgeting with my change

Cherishing each second and trying to mark it

As the end comes into range

They said there was no other way

It was hidden in the genes

To draw attention to the day

The end justifies the means

But I’ve thought about it

And I’ve weighed up the blend

There is only ever just the means

And there never is an end.

Opher 11.3.96

The whole spectre of suicide bombings, religious fanaticism and violence has taken on a greater and greater significance.

The extremists seem to be pushing for an all-out war with the West. It is a clash of ideologies. They want to impose their religious beliefs on the world. They see it as a battle between Islam and Christianity.

I do not see it that way at all. For centuries Muslims and Christians and Jews have lived together in harmony. Every now and then a fanatical element, or politically inspired prejudice, or seeker of power, uses the religious card to further their ends.

We have to put the present situation in context with the past.

There is a battle going on. It is between the people who wish to live in a world of diversity and harmony, where all people’s views are respected and we learn to accept our differences, or a world of fundamental intolerance.

I know which I would fight for.

This poem was written from the perspective of a bomber who woke up to the fact that he was being used and was merely a pawn in a power struggle.

Poetry – Embracing Science – a poem about fundamentalism

Poetry – Embracing Science – a poem about fundamentalism

Embracing Science

 

A fundamentalist is a person who sees everything in black and white. Every word is fixed. It has been written. It must be obeyed.

There is no nuance.

There is nothing to discuss.

Black and white. No doubt. For a chosen people.

Rejecting all other interpretation. Picking and choosing the texts that suit.

Of the thousands of faiths followed by mankind they adhere to one and reject all else.

A seat of intolerance. A message of division. A cause of hatred.

Yet the world is not black and white.

The world is full of colour, wonder and awe.

 

 

Embracing Science

 

We embrace science –

The Kalashnikov

Explosive vest

And the IED.

 

There is no latitude

Or room for doubt,

Or tolerance

Of any kind;

For it is written.

 

We reject the Hadron Collider,

Skylab

And the microscope.

 

We pick and choose

On our trip

Into the past.

 

What use for the Richter scale?

Or vaccination?

When all is God’s will.

 

Opher 18.5.2016

The terrorists won!! Or have they??

It seems to me that the intention of terrorism is to destabilise. It sets out to cause disruption and chaos out of all proportion to the level of actual harm. By committing high-profile atrocities of horrific nature it creates fear and a feeling of threat far in excess of reality.

That is what ISIS, Boko Haram, A Qaeda, the Taliban and other related groups deliberately set out to do.

The twin towers, beheadings, crucifixion, burning people alive, barbaric torture, kidnapping, bombing young kids at concerts, knifings, suicide bombings and grotesque medieval style callous murders were all aimed to draw maximum attention and create fear and panic.

That was their intent. The actual numbers of Westerners killed in these horrific acts were really quite small. But the impact was enormous.

The Western response was out of all proportion. Invasion, war and conflict. Just what the terrorists wanted. Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Syria and others. All fertile ground for recruitment. It fitted their rhetoric. Islam was under attack. There was a Jihad. It had to be protected against crusader attack. It worked.

Western Muslims were recruited, became militant and a new era of extreme Islam was spawned.

The wars generated huge instability and hatred in Arab countries. It created mass migration. Again playing into the hands of the radicalised extremists.

Faced with this wave of mass migration and radical Islam coupled with the terrorist threats the West became even more defensive. Islamophobia came to the fore. Muslims were a threat to the West. They were swamping us. They were intent on bringing in Sharia law. They were harbouring terrorists.

Tolerance and compassion went out the window. There were the rise of fascist groups and extreme right-wingers in Europe and the States. The anti-immigrant, Islamophobic propaganda exaggerated the problems and created a narrative around terrorism, rapists, sharia law, burqas, niqabs, mosques and birth rates. Instead of dealing with the genuine problems created by mass immigration and radicalisation we moved towards anger and rejection. Muslims became isolated and perceived as the enemy. Once again playing into the hands of the radicalised extremists. Recruitment was easy. Ostracised youth felt rejected, angry and filled with hate. They were easy prey for propaganda. It was easy to portray the West as crusaders wanting to eradicate Islam.

The end result was the election of Trump and the Brexit vote, the rise of right-wing groups across Europe and in the USA and the resultant division, chaos and hatred.

What did the terrorists set out to achieve? They set out to weaken the West, cause chaos, destabilise democracy, break alliances and sow the seeds of our destruction.

Well it looks to me as if they have succeeded hands down!

The US is divided with hatred and tribalism. The post-truth era is creating instability and doubt in democracy.

The UK is enfeebled by Brexit.

The EU is enfeebled by Brexit.

There is rampant Islamophobia.

Mass migration had created turmoil with no coherent plan.

Fascism is once more a potent force.

Alliances such as NATO are weakened.

Liberalisation, tolerance and compassion are in retreat.

We are wallowing in nationalism, extremism and racism.

The terrorists have succeeded in fermenting chaos, destabilising democracy and weakening the West.

What a mess we have made of it all so far. But Hey – I reckon we can weather the stupidities of Trump and Brexit, deal with mass migration, rebuild our alliances, re-establish truth, become stable again, re-establish our trading arrangements to create prosperity, see off nationalism and regain our liberal policies, tolerance and compassion. This is just a nasty blip.

Positive Vibes – A Vision of Hope and Success.

In this gloom-laden vision of the world dominated by overpopulation, terrorism, war and environmental degradation it is occasionally good to focus on the great things that are going on:

Poverty

In the 25 years from 1980 to 2005 those living in abject poverty was reduced by 20%. We are well on the way to eradicating poverty altogether!

War

War deaths are decreasing rapidly. They have fallen from 550,000 deaths a year in 1950 to just 50,000 in 2006. The number of wars taking place have reduced as well!

Murder

The murder rate has also come down significantly. In 2012 it was 6.3 per hundred thousand. By 2015 it was down to 5.3.

Terrorism

The number of deaths from terrorism is also decreasing. In 2014 there were 43,566 deaths but by 2016 that had gone down to 34,676 deaths.

Starvation

The rate of undernourishment in Sub-Saharan Africa has also fallen notably, from 30 percent in 1990 to below 20 percent in 2015.

So why do we have this picture of gloom and despair?

It appears that the reason for our gloomy perspective is better information. Every day on the news we are regaled with stories of war, murder, terrorism, starvation and poverty. Stories that previously would have gone under the radar are now given high profile with full gory pictures and details. It creates the impression that the whole world is in crisis.

So – given our success at dealing with these problems (and not withstanding the fact that there is much that still needs doing) it bodes well for our ability to tackle the problems that are looming large:

The overpopulation crisis

Pollution and environmental degradation

The alarming rate of extinction of species

Global warming

So I look forward to the next decade as an opportunity to build on our success, bring wars to an end, take everybody out of poverty and starvation, put a stop to terrorism and reduce violence to zero. As well as that I would hope that we can start tackling conservation seriously, halt further extinctions, reduce the human global population and produce technology that does not pollute.

The future could look very rosy!

Terrorism is not as bad as we are made to think.

Every death is a tragedy. Every injury too. Terrorism is deplorable, evil and disgusting. The fact that somebody actually sits down in cold blood and plans ways to kill and mutilate innocent civilians is almost beyond belief. Those people are heartless scum. The act is somehow made worse when it is religiously motivated. For anyone to believe that any god would be pleased that they have mutilated women and children shows some sick thinking. For any religion or sect to believe that it alone has the correct insight into the thinking of god is arrogant stupidity. For any terrorist bomber of innocent people to believe they will be rewarded by any god and wake up in paradise is fanciful brain-washing. No sane god would sanction such a thing. If there was a god, which I do not believe, they would certainly book those callous terrorists into the worst hell imaginable.

Terrorism is horrendous because it is designed to terrorise. It is intended that the fear it creates is out of proportion to the reality. It is designed to produce terror and division.

To that extent Islamic terrorism has succeeded. It has produced widespread fear, division and hate. It has produced racism aimed against the peaceful Muslim community, distrust of Muslims and a rise in fascism and xenophobia. This fear was used extensively in the Brexit and Trump campaigns to divide and create hysteria which could be directed to produce a populist result. We now have what the terrorists set out to produce – chaos and division. Both Brexit and the election of Trump have brought Britain and the US into unnecessary chaos and division, stoked up hatred and emboldened fascist minorities.

I contend that this fear is out of proportion. Terrorism is horrendous but the terror it has produced, resulting in this chaos and siege mentality, is nowhere near as great as it appears in our imagination.

By creating such disruption and public fear the terrorists have achieved what they set out to do. They have made us weaker and divided us. Without this exaggerated fear they generated, neither the harmful disarray of Brexit or damaging election of Trump would have happened. Xenophobia, the fear of immigrants, demonising of Muslims and Mexicans, the building of walls, tightening of immigration laws, exclusion of foreigners, all go against natural warmth of welcome and openness of our culture. We have been fed lies about rape, murder, crime, terrorism, jobs, religions, no-go areas, Islamification and threats to our culture that are out of proportion to the reality. Yes there has been too much mass immigration and not enough integration. Yes there has been some crime, some rapes and areas where there are concentrations of minority groups. But these have been built up out of all proportion. Most immigrants are not extreme or terrorists but are grateful for being given a haven. They have escaped from war, starvation and horror. They have a new start.

Is this response to terrorism justified? I think not.

I am not belittling the effects of terrorism. It is horrendous. I am merely putting it in proportion and saying that it is not as bad as it appears. The horrors in the news show the terrible outcomes but the incidents are relatively few and minor in light of the bigger picture.

Death and injury are unfortunately part of everyday life. People are killed, maimed and become terminally ill all the time. Every one of those deaths, diseases and injuries is a tragedy for individuals, families, friends and colleagues. We are all touched by it. But terrorism plays a tiny part in this overall scheme of things.

I will illustrate what I mean by the statistics from the UK. I chose a 15 year period from 2000 – 2015.

All Deaths in UK (aprox) – 7,500,000

Deaths from road accidents – 51,006

Deaths from murder – 6,750

Deaths from Air crashes (estimate) – 6000

Deaths from terrorism – 90

In fact the deaths from IRA terrorism in the 1980s was much worse. Yet the effect of those terrible 90 deaths (and the hundreds of people maimed and injured) creates a public fear that is out of all proportion. You are 566 times more likely to be killed in an accident on the roads yet we do not get totally paranoid about driving. We accept that as a fact of life, an acceptable risk. Is that because we are under the illusion that we are somehow in control of what happens on the road? As someone who has survived a serious accident I know that we are not. When something happens at speed there is nothing you can do.

Terrorism plays on our psyche because of the deliberate callous act of mass murder. Yet your chances of being caught up in it are minimal.

I believe it is time to put this illogical fear out of our minds. We cannot allow the terrorists to win like this. These brainwashed evil extremists should not be allowed to cause such division, hatred and mayhem. They are not the menace we think they are. It is time to put the threat in proportion. Terrorism’s whole purpose is to achieve this reaction from us. We cannot let them do this.

Don’t let the evil, brainwashed monsters win. Unite and reach out. We’re better together. Let’s build a caring, open society, not a fear-ridden xenophobic culture skulking behind walls.

 

Islamophobic Terrorism – racist morons? Time to pull together to drive out violence!

Condolences to the victims of this terrorist tragedy.

Now we have ignorant, stupid, vicious cretins taking the law into their own hands and hitting out, in response to the Islamic terrorism, at the wrong people.

It is time that we all, Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu and atheist, join together to drive this curse of political and religious fanaticism and violence out of existence.

There is no place for violence in any civilised society. Join together. Support each other. Don’t let the morons win.