Young Girl- A Poem for Manchester

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Young Girl, the smile on your face when you got the ticket said it all.
Your first ever concert, you first late night out, OMG.
The anticipation of seeing your idol is driving you mad, the time goes so slow.
What outfit you are going to wear is your biggest concern.

Young Girl, the big day has come, you are so excited, today is the day!
You try to eat your breakfast but you can’t. So happy. LOL
On the playground at school you coordinate with your BFF on what accessories to wear.
In the car with your dad on the way to the arena. Dad has a proud face.

Young Girl, you nearly faint as you show your ticket to enter the venue.
The support act is good, but when will she appear. The one you look up to so much.
Then suddenly you recognize the voice and the song, you sing along.
Your heart is pounding in your throat, you never ever felt like this before. Bliss.

Young Girl , the concert is over you walk out, an explosion.
Young Girl. RIP.

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Terror Attacks

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Europe was hit by yet an awful terror attack and my thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.

It is only going to be a matter of time before the loony left,neo liberals  and the far right will be spouting their theories on who and what is to blame.On the one side we will have the claims of the ‘poor disenfranchised youth’ and the other side we’ll have ‘all muslims are terrorists’ and both will point the finger to the current refugee crisis.

But lets look at some facts.

Yes there is an issue with the management of the current refugee crisis.

The irony is that the one world leader who actually was willing to do something about this, inadvertently caused the opposite effect.I have great respect for Angela Merkel but in her naivety she has caused this crisis to happen. I know she did it with the best of intentions and it was very noble but it wasn’t thought through.

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It is a fact that when you invite everyone to come there is a big chance that that is exactly what will happen. Add the fact that Europe’s borders are a bit like an Emmenthal cheese,full of holes, you are inviting disaster.

This became very evident to me after watching an RTE documentary called ‘the Crossing’ about the refugee rescue efforts of the Irish Naval ship the LE Samuel Beckett in the the Mediterranean.

Most of the  rescued refugees said they wanted to go to Germany. In fact the smugglers had used Merkel’s open welcome, the smugglers had given some  of the refugees, the false promise  that once they got to Germany they would get free accommodation and a limitless credit card.

If you invite people to come without any proper vetting facilities being in place ,you take the risk that you also invite lunatics with a major chip on their shoulder.

On the other hand some of the worst terror attacks in the west were perpetrated long before the current refugee crisis.

New York 9/11-2001 -2,996 killed

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Madrid 3/11-2004 attack 192 Killed

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London 7/7 -2005 attack-52 killed

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Before people start blaming all religions of all evil ever committed in history,yes there are Muslim terrorists. But there are also Christian terrorist,Pagan Terrorist,Atheist terrorists and Animal Right terrorists, and even anti racism terrorists. Or as I like to call them “Lunatics with a warped sense of entitlement and disturbed political agendas”

Below are a few examples.

Anders Behring Breivik

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His religion is a Pagan religion called Odinism, although he had been a Christian before.He killed 77 in Norway on the 22nd of July 2011, this was also before the current refugee crisis.

Volkert van der Graaf

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is a Dutch convicted murderer who assassinated politician Pim Fortuyn, the leader of the Pim Fortuyn List (LPF), on 6 May 2002.

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This occurred during the political campaign for the Dutch general elections of 2002. An environmental and animal rights activist,he said at his trial that he murdered Fortuyn to stop him from exploiting Muslims as “scapegoats” and targeting “the weak members of society” in seeking political power. I know some people will say he wasn’t a terrorist but a murderer, however when Theo van Gogh was murdered in a similar way, but by a Muslim,that crime was branded a terror attack . Even though both murders were nearly identical, therefore I will not cherry pick and will call Pim Fortuyn’s murder also a Terror attack.

Mohammed Bouyeri

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Mohammed Bouyeri (born 8 March 1978) is a Moroccan-Dutch radical Islamic terrorist and convicted murderer who is serving a life sentence without parole for the assassination of Dutch film director Theo van Gogh. He holds both Dutch and Moroccan citizenship.

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Filmmaker Theo van Gogh was notorious for his insults to “everyone respected in postwar multicultural Dutch society, including Jews and Muslims” but who “also helped bring Muslim actors onto Dutch television.”In 2004, he and Ayaan Hirsi Ali, a Somali refugee who was a Dutch member of parliament at the time, directed a short film called Submission, Part I about Islam and violence against women.

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In the film women are shown wearing transparent clothes with verses of the Quran written on their bodies. The film aired in August 2004 on Dutch television in prime time, the ensuing outcry led the Dutch police to offer police protection for both directors, but van Gogh refused.

The 26-year-old Bouyeri assassinated van Gogh in the early morning of 2 November 2004, in Amsterdam, in front of the city’s East Borough office (stadsdeelkantoor) on the corner of the Linnaeusstraat and Tweede Oosterparkstraat, while he was bicycling to work.

Luigi Galleani

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An Italian atheist and anarchist active in the United States from 1901 to 1919, viewed by historians as an insurrectionary anarchist. He is best known for his enthusiastic advocacy of “propaganda of the deed”, i.e. the use of violence to eliminate tyrants and oppressors and to act as a catalyst to the overthrow of existing government institutions. From 1914 to 1932, Galleani’s followers in the United States (known as i Galleanisti), carried out a series of bombings and assassination attempts against institutions and persons they viewed as class enemies.After Galleani was deported from the United States to Italy in June 1919, his colleagues are alleged to have carried out the Wall Street bombing of 16 September 1920, which resulted in the deaths of 38 people.

https://dirkdeklein.net/2016/09/16/wall-street-bombing/

Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action(Revolutionaire Anti-Racistische Actie)

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Revolutionary Anti-Racist Action or Revolutionaire Anti-Racistische Actie, often abbreviated RaRa was a Dutch Revolutionary group, although in the Netherlands the group was called a ‘political violent activist’-group The name “RaRa” in Dutch means “Guess …” (who we are),

RaRa was active in the 1980s and 1990s within the Netherlands, bombing sites to express opposition to the apartheid policies of South Africa as well as to the Dutch asylum legislation.Their bombings caused a lot of material damage. Amazingly no one was killed but it could have easily resulted in a great number of fatalities.

Of course there have been other terrorists organizations who caused a great number of fatalities in Europe, UDA,UVF,RAF,ETA,IRA and Baader Meinhof group to name but a few.

 

Why do we allow history to repeat itself?

With the Pegida marches which took place all over Europe the last weekend, one inescapable fact became clear, History is repeating itself and we are allowing it to do so.

I am not going to dismiss the genuine fears people in the west have about Islam, because some of it is real. There are those in the Muslim community who have a medieval view on the world, but guess what they are not the only ones. You will find people who are stuck in the 15 century in every level of society and in all religions,including atheism. Even withing Buddhism, several months ago some Buddhist . In may 2015 a number of Dutch Buddhist monks were arrested under suspicion of having abused students for decades. On the 6th of January a British Buddhist monk was arrested in Thailand for possession of child pornography. But yet I haven’t seen any protest stopping Buddhists entering Europe.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/thailand/12085598/British-Buddhist-monk-arrested-in-Thailand-on-child-pornography-charges.html

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Bottom line is there are bad people everywhere.

And I do agree that the refugees who arrive in Europe will have to adapt to the cultural values of the countries that take them in, if they don’t like those values well then they have to re-evaluate their situation and leave.

However does this mean we have to stop the refugees coming in for fear that some of them might be terrorists,rapists or child abusers? No.

What this does mean that we do a pan European approach or even a Global approach for dealing with the stream of refugees, to police it adequately,to make sure we leave those in who really need it.

Constantly I hear people say why can’t we help them in their own country in Syria or Iraq.Here is why this is a picture of currently one of the better areas in Aleppo, which is currently under siege by the Syrian army, the Russian air force, the rebels and Isis. None of them have the interest of the citizens at heart.

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Another theory I hear is “Why can’t their neighbors look after them?” and this is a valid point to an extend. however Lebanon with a population of 6 Million and a similar size as the Netherlands already took 2 Million refugees=1/3rd of the population. I do agree that countries like Saudi Arabia could take refugees, but Saudi Arabia is part of the problem and logic states a part of the problem can never become a solution.

All this is not new.

1915-1918 Armenian Genocide between 850.000 and 1.5 Million massacred

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1939-1945 Holocaust

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April to July 1994 Rwandan genocide  Up to 1 Million killed

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11-13 July 1995 Srebenica genocide 8,373 killed by Serbian troops

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These events all happened in the last 100 years and yet we are letting it happen again, and yet the unfounded hatred is there for all to see.

In all of these cases the victims were HUMAN BEINGS. Part of the Human race, the only race.

Even when I write this backed up with facts I know there will be those who will come with that 3 letter  word that has caused so much damage “but”

They will find an excuse to justify the slaughter of innocent lives, however that is a reflection on their own ignorance and lack of compassion. I sincerely hope that they don’t forget the next time around it might be them or their children who find themselves to be refugees.

Ending this with one of the most powerful poems by Martin Niemöller

First they came for the Jews
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for the Communists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a Communist.

Then they came for the trade unionists
and I did not speak out
because I was not a trade unionist.

Then they came for me
and there was no one left
to speak out for me.