A MURDER TOO FAR

When I came across this quote from Anais Nin, I wasn’t sure about using it, because I usually try to be polite and understand the lives Anais Ninpeople lead.

But this morning I decided to use it in this post because I read something in the news which made me very, very angry.

In the New Age type shlock, you’re not supposed to get angry or feel rage or be not nice, you’re supposed to understand where people are coming from, feel sympathy and empathise.

Well, stuff that today. And why?  I read about the murder of a guy called Bijan Ebrahimi in the UK. He was, according to relatives, a “caring, loving and unselfish” man who was disabled, jobless and loved his garden and his plant baskets..

When Mr Ebrahimi saw vandals trying to wreck his garden, he took photos of them, the damage they’d caused and reported it to the police. In other words, he had the guts to stand up to bullies and thugs.

For his “crime” of taking photos to give evidence to the police, he was then accused of being a paedophile, taken away for questioning by the very police force which should have been protecting him, and then released back into a community which had turned into a lynch mob. He was later attacked by a neighbour in his house, beaten to death, dragged outside, doused in white spirit and set on fire.

We are always being told how superior Western society is but the attack on and murder of Mr Ebrahimi are not a rare occurrence in the UK. More Muslims are getting attacked, as are people of colour, and people with mental or physical handicaps.Another man a few years ago was driven from his home by a lynch mob when he was falsely accused of being a paedophile by the appalling Murdoch rag, the News of the World, which tried to present itself as a defender of the people by hunting down paedophiles in the vain hope it would cover itself in glory instead of the shit usually covering its hateful, shameful pages (and no, I don’t mourn it’s closure at all, I’d burn the rag if there was a copy lying around).

One woman took her handicapped daughter away in a car and killed herself and the daughter because she could no longer suffer the repeated harassment of hate groups because her daughter was handicapped and because the local police did sod all to help her when she was in appalling circumstances. Disadvantaged groups are facing more and more hate attacks which is appalling.

The Hate Media

The media in the UK, which is busily defending the idea of a “free press”, has been running a hate campaign against Romanians who, supposedly, to the last man, woman and child, are thieving parasites who are going to flood the UK and take jobs from decent, hardworking English people.  And while they’re at it, they demonise the poor, the handicapped, all people from Eastern Europe, Muslims, anyone in fact who is “different”.

Witness too the hostility whipped up against the Roma people who, as a Romany nation across Europe, were collectively accused of kidnapping or trafficking white, blonde young girls (and we’ll forget about the dark-skinned young girls who are being trafficked in their thousands because there’s nothing quite like a white, blonde young girl to appeal to all the prejudices about dark-skinned people). Pity that the truth came out: the lass had been handed to the Roma family by her mother who couldn’t afford to raise her so gave her to another Roma family more able to care for her because family is everything in the Roma community, but hey, who cares about truth when you can conduct an easy-peasy smear campaign against a minority people who are relatively powerless vis-a-vis government and mass media.

And so, as someone of Iranian heritage and  a person on disability due to his damaged back, Mr Ebrahimi became a victim of the lynch mobs who consider themselves judge and jury because they’ve been whipped into hysteria by politicians and media barons alike.

Whipping up hatred against “the other” is a great diversion from the fact that people’s problems aren’t caused by ordinary folk in the community, they’re caused by the  parasitical banksters, monopolies who avoid billions in tax, huge corporations which bribe and corrupt politicians (not just in the UK, it’s the same in the US and among political leaders around the world) whose only motive is profit and the filthy dollar, regardless of who gets trampled on in the rush to amass more billions of pounds, dollars or euros.

Nevertheless, I don’t feel in the least forgiving to the  like those who took part in the witch-hunt against Mr Ebrahimi. I wonder how they’re feeling today knowing they have the death of a gentle, kind, disabled man on their conscience?

We as human beings have a responsibility to behave like decent people and not allow ourselves to get whipped into frenzies, witch hunts and behave like monsters. I can’t count, for example, the number of e-mails “forwards” I’ve received or posts I’ve seen on Facebook which blindly spread hate mail because it feeds into particular prejudices, and hate mail which almost overwhelmingly is untrue but manufactured by hate merchants to spread mail.  And the one thing that really gets up my nose when this sort of garbage is forwarded or reproduced on Facebook is when it’s done by people who claim to be spiritual or Christian.

Welcome, All PeopleSo I decided to include the quote from Anais Nin because it puts into words the sort of society we’re living in today – where people are working in pressured conditions, often working in lousy environments, face long queues, traffic jams, and all too often are living like ants in an ant hill.  Living costs are going up. Housing is becoming unaffordable.

Where WE NEED TO WAKE UP!

It’s easy to see why people let out their frustrations and anger on others viewed as not fitting in. Except that when we target people as “the other”, we forget that “the other” is us with all our hopes, fears, frustrations, anger and yes, rage.  Because we live in societies which seem to be getting more hateful and more angry.

But it doesn’t let us off the hook of being civilised human beings, using our intelligence and making choices which are ethical and not the result of hysteria, hate or rage.

Because when we behave like lesser human beings, we are no better than those in Nazi Germany who  joined the Jewish witch-hunts, watched Jewish houses smashed in Kristallnacht, turned away when Jewish people were forced into trucks and taken to concentration camps, or didn’t say a word when Roma people, the mentally and physically handicapped, the Christians who opposed Nazi Germany, union officials were also trucked away to be exterminated with Jews.

When poverty is rife, when unemployment is high, when young people can’t look forward to getting jobs or buy a house, then the same conditions exist which gave rise to Nazi Germany, just as we’re seeing the rise of the extreme right in the US,  the UK, Greece and other countries across Europe.

We don’t want Nazi Germany to happen anywhere else in the world, ever again. It’s fantastic when anti-Nazi groups stand up against the thugs in far right groups. But it requires more than that. It requires those of us who value civilised society to examine our consciences, speak up and include all in our society to defeat racism, hatred and prejudice, a cancer in our society. Time to give all of these blights on our society an indecent burial.

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