More Violence (Humans Suck)
What is this on going to be called? 7-7? July seventh? From a raw numbers point of view it was pretty pathetic but that is small comfort to the grieving and maimed and scared. It will be small comfort to the innocent Muslims who get beaten up, threatened and harassed by the craniolithic cowards who will use this as an excuse to behave in the way they always wanted to but could never pretend to justify. I remember a friend of mine living in the States near Washington DC after September 11 th telling me about going in to an Arab owned store plastered with the stars and stripes on every wall and seeing the proprietor with a smile that only one who is scared shitless can muster. He remembers how he was thinking that here was some guy who needs to worry every night about himself or a family member getting killed in a robbery now having this new threat of irrational retribution forced on him by a combination of the stupidest of his new countrymen and the stupidest of the people from his homeland who think they are acting on his behalf. No matter where you go, humans suck.
I was recently working on a post about Ireland. It was a much more difficult post than most I have done because my Father is Irish (South - the Republic, though he is protestant) and he was sane enough to get out (not because of the violence but because of the stupidity). When I was a kid I was proud of my Irish background. It is a pride I have long ago come to discard. I take no side in 'the troubles' because anyone who has looked at both sides with any semblance of a rational mind will see that everyone involved is out of their God damned minds. The trouble was that every time I tried to end the post, it started crossing the line into hate speech. I don't want to hate Ireland (north or south Protestant or Catholic) but when you see the IRA and the 'Orange Order of Flamboyantly Gay Senior Citizens' and their effeminate militant pride parade it is hard to see them as worthy of warm thoughts.
Just in case I abandon the post all together, the point of it was that just before September 11th they were particularly pissing me off. The Protestants (Protestant Irish being my immediate ancestors remember; my people) were throwing rocks, bottles and eventually a small bomb at small (grade one and two) Catholic school girls who were being escorted through the mob by their mothers and police. Their crime, you see, was that they were putting their Catholic feet on Protestant sidewalks as they went to school. An act of unmitigated terrorism by the reckonings of the Protestants.
So then September 11th happened and it seemed like everyone but me forgot about that. I thought I would do some unscientific anecdotal research to see if I saw any evidence that Ireland had wised up since September the eleventh. In my opinion it has not. Both sides are acting as if nothing happened. There is no sense that there are people out there now who would blow them both up by the thousands and not give a damn if they were from the north or south or whether their priest was married or not. They still have the murder worshiping murals up and they still allow terrorists to speak for them in negotiations. They still murder each other but they also feud among themselves to kill time now and then. They, my people, have not learned a damn thing.
The only hope for the world is for us to convince both the IRAs (all five of them) and the Loyalist/Unionist/Ulsterists/whatevers to think that Al Qaida is supporting the other side. We could then let the lowest wits of Ireland and its northern UK province and the lowest wits of the Islamic world wipe each other out.
By the way, humans suck.
On a more positive note, scientists are trying to sequence the genome of Neanderthals from fragments of DNA in fossils. Maybe if we can do this for Homo Erectus we can go back to the drawing board and get humans right this time.