Manchester Bombing

As we all know, there was a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena last night  at the end of an Ariana Grande concert.

At approximately 22:30, a suicide bomber detonated a nail bomb, injuring dozens and at the time of writing this, killing twenty-two innocent people; some of whom were just children. Islamic State have taken responsibility for this attack. I was going to refer to this as a cowardly attack, but when isn’t detonating a bomb as part of a calculated attack against hundreds or thousands of people not cowardly?

The suicide bomber who was stupid enough to follow this through after being instructed to do so by much braver and more senior members of Islamic State will be pissed off that there’s no virgins and eternal riches awaiting him in his martyrdom.

No, wait… he won’t, because he’s dead and there’s no such thing as life after death. Personally, I think that religion in general is a creation of the weak to lead the weak, because God is a get-out clause.

Something bad happen? That’s ok, it’s just our God testing us.

A miracle has occurred? Good ol’ God.

People on social media have been praying to God for those involved in this attack and simultaneously thanking him that more lives weren’t lost.

Yeah, thanks for only letting a few people die, God. Oh, and thanks for making us all stronger by testing us with war, murder, rape and famine. What would we do without God?

So now we have everyone praying and supporting those affected by this atrocity and naturally, as after all natural and man-made disasters, there’s a bunch of hash tags being used. There’s even a few memes and “frames”, which you can add to your various profile pictures to show your support and naturally, many people have added or used these things on Facebook and Twitter.

My problem with such memes, hashtags and frames is that they cheapen the relevant incident. We don’t need to update our profile picture or copy a hashtag to show our support- why can’t it be accepted that we can support victims without the need to advertise it? It’s a form of propaganda, to ensure that we all know exactly what’s happened and that we’re showing these terrorists that we’re strong because we update our profile picture or use a hashtag. It gives us all a sense of well-being.

What happens if there’s two or more atrocities in one day? How do you decide which frame to use for your profile picture on Facebook? What if you can’t squeeze all of the necessary hashtags into one tweet?

Don’t get me wrong; I don’t doubt the sincerity of those who share these things on social media, but the real way to show these terrorists of our strength and support for each other is for everyone to club together, hunt down those behind such an attack and make sure they rot in prison, or preferably shot at close range. We need to make friends and family give up and report those who they believe are being radicalised. We need to show all terrorists that murdering innocent people in the name of religion is the craziest fucking thing in the world.

ISPs need to stop this vile hatred being spread over the internet and a zero-tolerance stance needs to be taken and enforced to any extent necessary. It sounds so simple to do, but why doesn’t it happen like that?

Instead of being saddened and fearful after a particular attack and offering our support or condolences for those victims, why don’t we create a universal hashtag, meme or frame with the one motto or stance against terrorism? Why not show those cowards that we’re always strong and that no matter how cowardly or how devastating an attack, we will get back up and we will fight back, until the evil psychopaths modelled by a misinterpreted religion are completely stamped out?

How about one simple image which shows our united stand (like the one I created) and a simple hashtag, like #NeverBroken or #ForeverUnited, or #WipeoutTerrorism.

Let’s show our comradery, our resolve and our stance all of the time, from this very second. Let’s show these pathetic, evil bastards that they will be crushed.

Our thoughts are with those who lost friends and loved ones on 22 May 2017.

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