Sunday, July 24, 2005

Good For Geese, No Ganders Need Apply

So now that it's inevitably been revealed that poor Jean Charles de Menezes had nothing whatsofuckingever to do with terrorism, now that Met Chief Sir Ian Blair has apologized to his family and in the same breath allowed that it may very well happen again, the apologism begins.

Just read the things some (most) of these people are saying in their comments (on the BBC stories):

'While this is nothing short of a tragic [sic], I really feel for the police concerned as well.'

'I can only imagine how that policeman feels today. He should not be blamed; he was only trying to do a difficult job in extreme circumstances.'

'Has anyone stopped to spare a thought for the officer concerned? No officer gets up in the morning with a yearning to shoot someone.' [Ahem.]

'In today's climate in London, if you act in such a manner and resist any attempts to be stopped by the police, then I am afraid that you have to face the consequences.'

&c. You get the gist: a vast outpouring of sympathy and understanding for the perpetrators of this meaningless, completely unnecessary killing. We have to understand the circumstances that led to this 'tragic accident'.

Now what's interesting about that is that it comes from just the same people who, for the last two weeks, have been excoriating our lot for trying to understand the circumstances of the bombings. Apparently when we attempt analysis (and not even overtly sympathetic analysis, I might add, just material causality) of the causes of bombs killing innocent bystanders, we're unacceptably making excuses and apologizing for terrorists.

But when their lot not only call for understanding but openly elicit sympathy for the wielders of guns killing innocent bystanders, that's just natural human response. It's the milk of fucking human kindness is what it is.

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