ISIS or IS or whatever people are asking we call them now have killed the Japanese reporter. I’m not surprised, they have killed every other hostage that hasn’t been ransomed so why should Japan be different. So talking heads are talking all over the place and a lot of them are saying the same thing.
I’m hearing a lot today about a generational struggle against terrorists and extremists. A multiyear fight to protect our society from those who seek to destroy it. An entire generation that needs to be fought, a generational struggle, a decade’s long war.
Justification from our leaders that we are going to need ever tighter security and ever decreasing privacy for a generation. What they consider a generation is never mentioned but normally its 25 years or so. Oh and as long as the fighting is going on its still a problem so 25 years may be just the start.
25 years. That’s a long time, an entire generation, born, growing up and having children of their own.
The problem here is that as people become used to not having something like digital privacy they begin to forget what it was and it becomes normal, children who grow up during the generation that is spied upon and whose every on line activity is recorded see it as normal because it’s all they know.
We are looking at a generational struggle, an entire generation who have grown up and learned to hate and to fear, an entire generation who have grown up separated from society. A generation that were born into the information age and have been bombarded by information, and lies and propaganda and deception. A generation that have been taught to distrust and to fear and to hate and to not believe or trust.
Millions of people, a huge number of people who have spent a decade and more being taught how to fear and hate. Millions of people who have suffered, who have been alienated, demonised, treated with contempt and cruelty. Vast numbers of people who have become isolated and vulnerable to the influence of hate groups and charismatic speakers who promise them something they have never had.
Millions of people here in the UK, tens of millions across Europe.
No I’m not talking about Muslims.
Five million people in work, who have jobs that politicians keep telling them they must have or else they are thieving scum, and yet earn so little that to reach a bare living wage they also need benefits, but its called working tax credits rather than unemployment support.
Millions of people who have learned by hard lesson over the course of this century that politicians and MPs and governments cannot be trusted, that politics is focused on the big companies and the corporations that seem to exist to crush the little people. Millions who will never trust the Tories or Labour or the Lib Dems again.
Millions of people who have walked away from democracy because all it achieves is to bring in the same faces and the same policies, the only way to tell the oligarchs apart of to see what colour ties they wear. Millions of people who no longer vote because their vote has become worthless.
British security services estimate that between five hundred and a thousand young muslim men and women have gone to join the holy wars in the middle east. As many as a thousand people who may come back to the UK hating its government and seeking to overthrow it.
As many as a thousand men and women.
A drop of water in a bath filled to overflowing.
We are fifteen years into the 21st century, we are watching and living through an entire generation that has been taught to hate and fear its own government, society and politicians. Islamic state is a tiny threat in comparison, yes they are going to the middle east to fight and to kill but they are a tiny number of people compared to the millions who are sitting at home, not yet angry enough to riot or act.
Islamic terrorists are a convenient excuse for ever tighter security, less privacy, less freedom, more state control. Yet what the people who go to join ISIS are looking for is a sense of belonging, to be part of something important. Of doing something worthwhile and being part of creating a new nation they believe in, however foolish those beliefs may be.
As much you may object to what Islamic State is trying to achieve and let’s face it the world doesn't need any more religious nutjobs setting up Theocracies, they’re not rushing off to do this because they are happy at home.
Boris called them wankers, Boris is a politician and a prat and part of the problem.
Our government, our politicians, use those thousand or so people as an excuse to make more changes here in the UK, changes that have been slowly happening over a number of years.
ISIS may appeal to muslims desperate for something to believe in and be part of but there are many other groups, political and otherwise, that make the same offers and there are a lot more non muslims who have become isolated from our society and been taught that our politicians and government are their enemies, than there are angry muslims.
A generation of people, not just born into the new paradigm but who have been growing up through it and living through it. An entire generation of people who look upon our democracy as being something they cannot influence so why bother casting a vote, just a waste f time. Millions of people out of work who our politicians and following the political lead our media have made out to be beggars and thieves and scroungers. Millions who have struggled and found a job that pays so little or has zero guaranteed hours or costs so much to do that they are in work and yet still need handouts to feed their children.
Millions of people who have been taught to fear they system, to hate the system, millions who have been subject to cruelty and oppression, millions who have no faith in or trust of our governments and politicians.
That is the generation that our government is going to be at war with, it may not happen this year or next year but it is going to happen unless something changes. Our politicians and governments have worked long and hard to create an entire generation that hates them, it may start with a spark or it may start because yet another cruelty is piled on top of all the other cruelties that have gone before.
We are facing a generational struggle but its nothing to do with ISIS or IS or a bunch of muslim kids who ran off to join what they thought was a big adventure.
Instead it is millions here at home who have been taught to hate and one day will repay the politicians who taught them.