Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Andrei Poo-tee-weet

(T)here is nothing intelligent to say about a massacre. Everybody is supposed to be dead, to never say anything or want anything ever again. Everything is supposed to be very quiet after a massacre, and it always is, except for the birds.

And what do the birds say? All there is to say about a massacre, things like "Poo-tee-weet?"

Kurt Vonnegut
Slaughterhouse 5

So there is a post rant at open parachute that says in part
I am actually intrigued that almost all the local blogs who have in the past promoted the ideas covered by this compendium have been strangely silent on the terror in Norway. There hasn’t (so far) been a squeak of condemnation or comment from the usual list of climate change denier and conservative Christian blogs. It must be embarrassing for them to see such an inhuman terrorist advocating for the same issues they have in the past.

Someone in the comment thread points at my post The benefits that multiculturalism brings. A post created almost immediately after the bombing had occurred and when an Islamic organization had taken credit. And a post that made no comment until such time as it became apparent who the culprit was when it was updated to reflect that news.

But what is there intelligent to say about this matter - I don't go the massacre thing regardless of who the perpetrator might be or whatever noble cause they might purport to support.

The reason why I haven't said anything up to now is that I haven't got anything say.

Kurt Vonnegut summed it up pretty well I think.

5 comment(s):

KG said...

Interesting that on that site they say
"virtue is the equal sharing of misery.." 
"The EDL did have dealings with the terrorist and he mentions them in his manifesto."

Yet they omit to mention that his remarks about the EDL were totally negative, saying (among other things) that they were miles apart because "‘The EDL are in fact anti-racist, anti-fascist and anti-Nazi..."
The truth obviously isn't valued much at Open Parachute.

KG said...

Dang! Please ignore "virtue is the equal sharing of misery" I copied and pasted a bit from something else by mistake. :(

Damian said...

"But what is there intelligent to say about this matter ... The reason why I haven't said anything up to now is that I haven't got anything say"

Well, I don't know what there is intelligent to say but I do know that before the dust settled and the blood had been washed from the footpath you posted a single image of the carnage with the sarcastic headline "The benefits that multiculturalism brings". Because you at first assumed that it was an Islamic act of terror. Which would indicate that you *do* have something to say. But only when it pertains to your dislike of multiculturalism.

Andrei said...

Because you at first assumed that it was an Islamic act of terror.

Damian at the time I posted that it was being reported that an Islamic group had taken credit and the shootings were entirely unknown.

However I did not mention Islam at all nor did I tag the post as anything other than terrorism. the post hasn't been changed other than to update it,which is clearly marked as such.

And the tension that gave rise to this atrocity whether we like it or not is indeed "multiculturalism".

On review I see I used the word "nazi" to describe the perpetrator, accurate or no that might give some insight to my views of him at the time and my horror of the unfolding events.

Anonymous said...

Maybe the 'silence' about the massacre is because we know Norway's shock, horror and grief deserves some 'space' to morn their dead?
What do we say when a loner has executed a massacre with military precision on innocent unsuspecting people?

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