July 16, 2005
The bomb blasts which ripped through central London on the 7th of July must have done more than just rip a hole through the resolve and hearts of British politicians. All of a sudden, Londoners are beginning to put on fake smiles, fake shows of determination and all too pathetic attempts to make it seem like life goes on. In truth, it doesn't. London has been tainted by the smear of discriminatory radicalism, joining the ranks of Madrid, New York and countless other Western capitals. Britain has paid the price, not for its siding with the United States in the War on Terror, but for its democratic and free society. The pinnacle of Western civilisation it claimed to be, shattered under the exposed failings of its free system. The chaos which ensued merely a precipice of what is to come.
Most articles and blogs which I've come across in the past week blame the War on Terror for the bombings. They place the responsibility of the problem squarely on the shoulders of Bush, Blair and Howard. They pin the tail on the behinds of these politicians, calling for their resignation or removal from the government. These people are short-sighted. Without brave men as these to lead the War on Terror, the world would face an imminent threat to security. Radicalism and fundamentalism, a dangerous combination would threaten to spill over into rational and modern societies, rendering nowhere safe or habitable. You might say that these men hide behind their troops and security forces, only calling and directing operations. But in their shoes, would you be able to handle the daily stress of public opinion, international relations, cabinet politics and now, a threat so insidious and hidden from sight that to ignore it would place your country in peril? Most fail to understand and empathise with the daily hardships Bush, Blair and Howard face constantly. They are quick to jump on the bandwagon, calling for sackings, impeachment and whatnot.
The real failing in Western society is not the problem of poor leaders. It is the problem of freedom. Freedom as a concept is a sticky one, a double-edged sword if you will. People enjoy freedom and yet, when drowned in it for excessive periods, find themselves unable to control primal urges. Freedom in my opinion, can only be entrusted to those who are deemed suitable to enjoy that freedom. The rest, like herd in a sheep pen, must be goaded and told what to believe. Pride in nationalism must be built, which will serve to keep out 'dirty' ideas like radicalism and religious fundamentalism. A lack of freedom snips off the problem in its bud. People who do not experience freedom do not know what it is and will ultimately be content living in a totalitarian society. The United States, Britain and all democratic Western nations will ultimately be susceptible to terrorists, all because of the freedom they permit their citizens.
Without determined men who are all out for these terrorists, the world would face an impending crisis. A crisis of confidence, leaving the global situation one which would hardly be conducive for economic prosperity. It is when people are told what to believe, when a good national lie is fabricated for them to subscribe to, only then will we be able to cut off the problem of religious fundamentalism. Till then, the wails of the innocent civilian will suffice.
"How do you fight an enemy you can't see; an enemy that resides in people's souls?"
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