Rise of the spineless fuckwits

20 August 2006

“…And the truth is, there is something terribly wrong with this country, isn’t there? Cruelty and injustice, intolerance, and depression. [...] How did this happen? Who’s to blame? Well certainly there are those more responsible than others, and they will be held accountable, but again truth be told, if you’re looking for the guilty, you need only look into a mirror.”

– ‘V’, “V for Vendetta” (film version)

So it begins. Some might say it is a victory for the terrorists, but in actual fact it’s a victory for spineless fuckwits. It is they who run the country now:

“It became apparent that the reason that some of the people didn’t board the plane was because somebody had overheard the gentlemen in question speaking – I think it was Arabic.”

And how the fuck would you know what language it was? You’ve just spent two weeks in Malaga: you probably didn’t utter a word of Spanish the entire time you were there. Oh, the irony: British tourists, to whom nearly all the definition of being multilingual is being able to speak English slow-ly and LOUDLY, are now suddenly experts in all things linguistic. And even if it was Arabic, rather than Punjabi, Hindi, Urdu or Welsh – so what? A quarter of a billion people speak it, for fuck’s sake. Even the most stupid amongst you sheep must realise that they’re not all terrorists?

We like to think that racist attacks on the innocent are a thing of the past, but we’re now at the stage where it is the reviled behaviour not of a thuggish minority, but the norm willingly accepted by the majority. It’s just as well that airlines have now banned silverware and inflammable materials, else I’m sure the numbskulls would have fashioned pitchforks and flaming torches given the chance. And if you think the spineless fuckwits aren’t really a menace, then bear this in mind – they’re more than happy to recruit children:

“Our daughter noticed a couple of guys that were perhaps acting a bit strange. They went to the front of the queue, went to the back of the queue, and then they went and sat down by themselves.”

Remind you of anything? Perhaps:

“D?you know what that little girl of mine did last Saturday, when her troop was on a hike out Berkhamsted way? She got two other girls to go with her, slipped off from the hike, and spent the whole afternoon following a strange man. They kept on his tail for two hours, right through the woods, and then, when they got into Amersham, handed him over to the patrols.”

“What did they do that for?” said Winston, somewhat taken aback. Parsons went on triumphantly:

“My kid made sure he was some kind of enemy agent?might have been dropped by parachute, for instance. But here?s the point, old boy. What do you think put her on to him in the first place? She spotted he was wearing a funny kind of shoes?said she?d never seen anyone wearing shoes like that before. So the chances were he was a foreigner. Pretty smart for a nipper of seven, eh?”

– George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four

I hope that the two poor guys who got caught up in this horrible episode get suitably compensated, preferably enough to hurt Monarch Airlines (slogan: “we pander to racist paranoia”) into adopting a “don’t listen to spineless fuckwits” policy. I hope that anyone (if there was anyone) on the flight who was brave enough to defend these two men against the mob is suitably recognised and applauded. And I hope that the cowardly, paranoid mob, all too willing to lap up the ugly racist lie that all brown people are threats to their safety, and use it as an excuse to vent their fears and hatred at innocent people, suffer a fiery yet ironic death just fuck off, and leave the reasonable amongst us to live in peace.


9 Responses

And did you expect anything different? It was ever thus. The stupid shall inherit the Earth. Remember Jasper Carrot twenty odd years ago? “For[sic] million Sun readers can’t be wrong”? So, has anything changed?

Fin

Ah… I feel so much better now. I’ve been trying to get my ISP to behave for a few days, if only to read your thoughts on this. And a tremendous roasting it was too. Now, what’s that on my nose…

chris y

Perhaps it’s just me, but one of my first reactions to this was to think, ‘Well, of course these cretins are going to act like this – they’re already so pervaded with racism that they assume Spanish airport security is incompetent.’

The terrorists have already won because we are now giving them the exact evidence they need to prove that Muslims are being persecuted for nothing. I understand that people are scared about plane security, but honestly if those two really were terrorists I wonder what would have happened to that plane before take-off once they realised the jig was up? Beggars belief.

God help anyone coming back from holiday whose tan makes them look like a terrorist (terrorist=dark skinned person).

Having said that, there is a truth that you’re probably more likely to be bombed to death at the moment by someone Asian than by a Welsh farmer – let’s be honest. And I say that as a half English half Asian dark-skinned bloke who’s been patted down at airports a couple of times post 9/11 on the basis of how I look. Whilst it’s inconvenient and not terribly nice to have people stare at you while security check whether you’re a lunatic, I personally would rather they do that than allow a real lunatic onto the plane.

They just need to find better and more effective ways to do it, I think, without alienating one person from another. That would be a terrible victory for terrorists.

The terrorist are winning because we are giving them exactly what they want – a jettisoning of the very values and beliefs that have (supposedly) defined Western democracies for the better part of 60 years. Remember all this “They hate our freedoms?”-shite the American far right used to spout as to why the likes of Al Qaeda would dearly like to bomb us into kingdom come? Well, how many freedoms are there left for them to hate, I wonder, now that we’ve spent the last five years with nutjobs like Blair and Bush setting the agenda in this “war on terror” (the oxymoron to end all oxymorons, might I add).

But I suppose that’s slightly off-topic here. Still, I’d rather not comment on this recent “I’m not a racist, just worried about my own safety”-episode in detail, lest I risk alleviating my blood pressure so much I’ll either explode or implode, or both (which admittedly isn’t scientifically possible, or so they say, but I’d rather not take the chance). All I’ll add is: well said Mr. Qmghlm, and never a truer word spoken.

How many people refused to fly with Muslims before 9/11?

Simon Lilley

As a devout Liberal, I am increasingly disturbed by this Govt’s rush to legislate away our hard won freedoms. No sooner had the latest plot been uncovered than “Dr” John Reid was demanding 90 days detention for the Police so they could question such suspects.Most have now been charged with offences well within the current 28 days let alone 90!!

I agree with posters who say that the terrorists have already won.This is one of the few things I agree with baroness Thatcher about.Terrorists are not something different they are criminals and as she said “crime is crime is crime”. The way forward is to treat them as such and deal with them through the courts with full legal rights. The cheif US prosecutor insisted on such a thing a Nuremburg for the captured leaders of the 3rd Reich and we should do so now. That way in an open and transparent manner people can see these people for what they are.It also means that their supporters cannot complain about injustice if justice is done and seen to be done.

Liberalism is not as the American right would have you believe a terrible diesease yes Anne Coulter I talking to you, but the cornerstone of democracy.The rule of law is the only law a civilised society needs its time we realised that stopped reverting to the law of governemnet diktat.

freestyle

Power, Power, Power, Power, Power, put yourselves in the shoes of our leaders, people are greedy, they need to control to cement and increase their power. What’s the best way to do this? Fear. We are are the surfs. It’s boring being a master without surfs to serve and fear you. They are your security.
Interesting Orwell quote BTW – there are many references in this book to modern life.
“See inside yourself, and understand the world”

brian

“And I hope that the cowardly, paranoid mob, all too willing to lap up the ugly racist lie that all brown people are threats to their safety, and use it as an excuse to vent their fears and hatred at innocent people, suffer a fiery yet ironic death just fuck off, and leave the reasonable amongst us to live in peace.”

I know you crossed a bit out but you don’t sound like a reasonable person at all.

“the most stupid amongst you sheep must realise that they?re not all terrorists?”

Of course not. Don’t be so patronising. People get scared and worked into a frenzy for practically *nothing*. Who are you to judge a situation when you weren’t there? Especially after that security alert?