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Over 350 dead and nothing said
Padre Pio (IP Logged)
24 March, 2017 19:32
The deaths and injuries in Westminster were horrific, and as a Londoner its not great having to wonder if you are walking in the right area, or on the right train to avoid a grisly death. The death of all innocent humans is regrettable and never justifiable, but there needs to be a consistency here, the death of 5 people in London was treated to hours of rolling news, meanwhile the death of hundreds in the middle east guilty of only sheltering from US bombs barely get a mention.

Quote from Stop the War news: The US-led coalition, in which the UK is a senior partner, continues its bombing campaign on the people of Iraq and Syria. Recent reports indicate that in just the past two weeks three separate bombing raids in the cities of Mosul and Raqqa have resulted in the deaths of over 350 civilians. Earlier this week, in the Syrian city of Raqqa, over thirty people were killed in a bombing of a school where local people were 'hiding for their lives'. This follows a similar incident last Saturday when at least 52 people lost their lives when a mosque was targeted in the north west of the county.

- until Wenger moves on, they'll always be the also-rans in the major competitions. A club in elite purgatory. Always good enough to make it to the big race, never fast or smart enough to push over the finish line in first place. That's all about the manager. Until he changes, Arsenal fans will continue to celebrate glorious failure.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
celine dion (IP Logged)
24 March, 2017 19:41
The deaths on Westminster Bridge were bound to attract hours of rolling news, they were in the UK. Outside the houses of parliament. And to be perfectly honest the overall message from the media and various voices of influence seemed to be 'This is real life now, you just have to put up with it'. Very little gnashing of teeth if we're honest. Deaths in Syria, even at the hands of our own forces, are hardly news, unfortunately, on account of them taking place within the context of a long civil war, in another continent.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
plonky (IP Logged)
24 March, 2017 19:57
I was in a pub about 3 or 4 miles from Westminster on Wednesday afternoon The telly was on showing the grisly events and no one was paying a blind bit of notice, It seems to me that the terrorist tactic of killing innocent bystanders is failing. They would get much more of a reaction from the public if they disrupted smart phone reception or beer supplies.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
celine dion (IP Logged)
24 March, 2017 20:02
They'll get noticed when they get their hands on something really nasty like a lorry full of chlorine or some nerve gas. Until then, yes, nobody seems that arsed.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
Goofle (IP Logged)
25 March, 2017 14:33
I'm a non interventionist and the decision to get involved with these countries are about as morally abhorrent as it gets.

It's interesting how coverage of events currently and historically are negotiated by institutions such as the mainstream media and education.

Like, how few people actually know the depths of evil Lenin and Stalin perpetrated in the Soviet Union? I know I never learned about it at school.

Propaganda is everywhere.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
celine dion (IP Logged)
25 March, 2017 16:04
Bearing in mind the west created the conditions that allowed them to establish their caliphate in the first place, it is a total disgrace that the world hasn't intervened properly ON THE GROUND to confront the Islamic state. And I don't mean by backing Assad, carpet bombing people, or throwing money at the Kurds. I mean going in on the ground and wiping them out, then leaving a proper peace keeping force there again for years to come, if not in Syria then certainly in Iraq.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
SuperRob (IP Logged)
29 March, 2017 22:49
The media profits off fear. People dying in other countries isn't very scary if you live in the UK so they have very little incentive to report it.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
Shane (IP Logged)
30 March, 2017 01:41
It's also because, if we're honest, nobody really cares if ISIS blow up a shopping centre in Damascus, or a detonate a Peugot outside a mosque in Istanbul. We'd say, 'Jesus. That's shocking. Now where's that jar of dill pickles?' That's because that sort of bother is quite commonplace in countries like this, and thus far less surprising compared to when it happens, say, in Paris or London.

The more common something is, the less newsworthy it is, because nobody gives a f*ck about reading something that happens every week, regardless of how sad the story might be. The life of a Brittish or French person is no less precious than that of a Syrian or Turk, but because of their unfortunate situation of living in those countries, you're far less surprised when the latter group fall victim to a terrorist attack.

Re: Over 350 dead and nothing said
SuperRob (IP Logged)
04 April, 2017 22:23
True, the news is a summary of things that hardly ever happen.

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