Monday 22nd May 2017 at 5:30 Eastern time in New York and 10:30pm in Manchester England, another Islamic terrorist took it upon himself to massacre innocent young lives.
The news break in uncertain terms. Vague snippets of information trickles into the news media outlets.
Then suddenly it is confirmed: “A suicide bomber at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester England has detonated himself and killed an unknown number of young innocent girls attending their favorite singer’s concert”.
I watched in horror as the details unfold and the chaos that ensued. Watching the sorrow and anguish of parents waiting for children that never emerged was excruciatingly painful.
The Manchester attack is a sickening new low, even by the depraved standards of terrorists. This was an act of pure, unadulterated evil. To target children and teenagers with a nail bomb is utterly loathsome. It was done with the intention of causing maximum carnage and terrible pain to those who survived the explosion.
The anger is monumental. FOR WHAT REASON WILL THIS EVER STOP???
Almost immediately little hastags appears on social media. #ManchesterStrong. #ManchesterKeepCalm. And so on.
Within hours of the attack the politicians and the British media were urging Britons to carry on as if nothing had happened.
Theresa May says such attacks “will not break us”, but her own life is lived in a bullet-proof bubble, and she evidently does not need to identify any young people in the Manchester morgues. Also, “will not break us” means that the tragedy will not break her, or her policies.
The young people of Manchester are already broken. Sadig Khan say “London is united with Manchester”, but yet he does not condemn Islamic State – who have claimed responsibility for the bomb attack and who have been celebrating on social media.
The mayor of Manchester, Andy Burnham says the attack is the work of an “extremist”. An extreme WHAT? An extreme RABBIT? An extreme DOG? An extreme PIG?
Everyone seems scared to say what we all say in private. Politicians tell us they are unafraid. Yes of course they are unafraid, they are never the victims. WE, THE PEOPLE ARE THE VICTIMS!
NO! The time for prayers, hashtag campaigns and lightshows is over.
How about responding by targeting those responsible as well as the ideology behind the attacks?
But ‘carrying on exactly as before’ is not an option.
Except for the Queen, who was praised for her “strong words” against the attack, but yet, she did not cancel the garden party that took place at Buckingham Palace.
However in all fairness, the Queen and her thousands of garden party guests stood silently for one minute to remember the victims of the Manchester massacre.
Seems it is all just words, words, words, yada, yada, yada until the next terrorist attack on WE THE PEOPLE who are collateral damage in a fight that nobody is willing to tackle.
So now we just sit back and wait. Not for the next “IF”, but instead – for the absolute certainty and definite “WHEN”.
And while we wait, don’t forget to be strong. And keep calm.
Cartoonist Adam Zyglis perhaps illustrated the dire situation best.