Although Europe has managed to remain stoic ever since the terrorist attacks in France – managing to simply ignore ISIS as they committed atrocities in Iraq, Libya, Egypt, Turkey, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Syria, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and Tunisia – our collective ability to keep it together has completely unravelled today, and people are once more horrified by terrorism.
We spoke to a Facebook user – one Linda Isis-Smasher – to find out what had moved her to feel something this time around:
“I had assumed that we were trying to make ISIS go away by just ignoring them, and I’m pretty sure that it was working too, as you didn’t really hear about them anymore. I mean – you would scroll past stories about them sometimes – but you couldn’t tell if the places pictured had been bombed or that’s just what these foreign places look like. If I’m honest, I can’t recall ever seeing a picture of Islamland that didn’t look like it had been blown up. I suppose it’s just the style over there.
“When I saw the pictures today though, I could immediately tell that this Belgium airport wasn’t supposed to have a big explosion coming out of it, and I realised that it must have been another terrorist attack, and I just couldn’t help it – I broke down and immediately changed my Facebook profile picture.”
We asked Linda if she thought it was problematic that white-Europeans only seem to be arsed about terrorism when it affects other white-Europeans – to which she replied:
“Can terrorists even terrorism other terrorists?”
We tried to explain to Linda that not everyone who matches the Custom’s ‘watch-out-for’ list is actually a terrorist, but Linda didn’t seem to be able to understand what we were talking about, and actually became enraged when we tried to explain it to her – the diminutive woman literally hulking-out, and then running away down the street screaming “LINDA SMASH ISIS!”
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