War on war

I just got invited to join a Facebook group of “people against terrorism in Northern Ireland”. Though I suspect amongst the population on Facebook, being against terrorism is like being against starvation or pain or splinters under fingernails. I’m pretty sure we’re already signed up to that one.

The best way is to imagine if there’s a Facebook group that calls itself “those in Northern Ireland who support terrorism”. Although maybe I should be careful. The internet is an odd place.

Terrorists don’t define themselves as terrorists. They’re freedom fighters or something similar. It’s not like they spend their childhoods thinking they can’t wait to grow up and play with guns and shoot people from a distance and run away or strap bombs to themselves and take out bus loads of civilians with the blast. Whatever brings them to that point (and no doubt it’s complicated and messy) it is surely not hopeful ambition.

Though I somehow doubt Facebook will redeem us from the mess we’re in, perhaps the lack of public and political enthusiasm for the actions of the past few days will let it all fizzle out in peace.

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