Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Difference between Me and A Terrorist

At the big new exhibition centre down my end of town, which my council tax helps to fund,the yearly UK Arms Exhibition is held. That's ordinance. Bombs. Tools to kill lotsa people quick.

I noticed it a couple of years ago, when girls were tying themselves to the railways to stop the metro running the exhibitors and customers there (who ranks as the terrorist in this situation, do you think? The guys buying the guns or the girls trying to stop them buying the guns? The Met Police were deployed against the girls trying to stop the buyers of guns. They might've have made their current job a little easier by siding with them instead.) That year a journalist managed to get in there. He stood over a display case where a lovingly spotlit glossy copper object lay in a case, and the salesman said enthusiastically, "This is a thing of beauty. It features a caseload of little bomblets, which are scattered on impact AND - are delayed action to maximase impact!" The journalist goes, "Impact. You mean dead people." The salesman drew away, affronted.

The arms industry is now the main UK manufacturing industry, products all exported. The government loves it, as 75-85% of the cost of guns is tax. Our main use for taxes is to fund our health service. So we pay our doctors by exporting murder. So the difference between me and a terrorist is that he knows the names of the people he killed. Also they probably died with full stomachs.

3 Comments:

At Thursday, August 24, 2006 , Blogger javvan said...

All valid points except with regards to one critical point - guns don't kill. People do. Think about it. If you look around you right now, chances are there are dozens of everyday articles that you could use to kill someone. So why don't you? Just because you have a gun in your possession doesn't mean that you will point it at someone and blow their brains out on a whim. Modern weaponry is developing along the lines of being more precise. That is very much unlike modern day terrorists who make no distinction between friend or foe preferring instead mass destruction. Who would you rather had the launch codes for a nuclear weapon? Barmy Bush or some Hizbollah fanatic high on the drug of martyrdom?
My point is that the weapons industry is a necessary evil. What must be done is ensure that weapons are not sold to people or entities that would be inclined to use them against the innocents. I believe the UK has learnt from it's mistakes and keenly monitors what goes where.

 
At Thursday, April 17, 2008 , Blogger Joel said...

| guns don't kill. People do.

wow! where did you hear that, javvan? a bumpersticker on an F150? quick, tell me they can take your gun when they pry it from your "cold, dead hands." hilarious.

your "one critical point" is shyte.

| If you look around you right now, chances are there are dozens of everyday articles that you could use to kill someone.

Yes, I could use my pen, or the phone cord, or my car to potentially kill someone. But here's the difference between bombs and phone cords: bombs' only purpose is to kill people. That's it.

| Just because you have a gun in your possession doesn't mean that you will point it at someone and blow their brains out on a whim.

No, but you're much more likely to blow someone's brains out than someone with, say, a deck of cards.

| Who would you rather had the launch codes for a nuclear weapon? Barmy Bush or some Hizbollah fanatic high on the drug of martyrdom?

Here your logic is also faulty because you're pre-supposing that we must have nuclear weapons and couldn't get rid of them through disarmament.

juvvan, your kung-fu is not strong.

 
At Friday, April 18, 2008 , Blogger Mama Wangari said...

thank you, joel! I've been waiting 18months trying to figure out what point to hit that post on. I couln't get my finger on why it seemed so hopelessly evil.

 

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