Editorial – All we are saying is give peace a chance

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One little tow little three little idiots? Who knows. It takes no cohones to wreak this kind of damage in a world where weapons are available and the plans for bomb-making out of manure are available on numerous internet sites. Photo by Jim Croce.

Home Grown and batcrap crazy – gunman dressed as police officer wreaks havoc on a nation

By Terrance Gavan – with files from the Guardian

We have already established that one or two men in a splinter cell can wield destructive power on a grand scale.

Guys like Jack the Ripper were psychopaths – but back in the day they took to the streets meagerly trundled with a serrated blade in hand.

Today’s sociopaths have large calibre guns, homemade bombs and airplanes. They brandish terrorism with accumulative weapons. In an age of man’s development, where swords to ploughshares is a long forgotten metaphor.

The most powerful nation in the world (USA) is also – again cumulatively – the world’s most disruptive practitioner of war. A nation that had to be dragged into the second world war, now coerces its friends into corrupt battles on the outer reaches of its own mandate. Or perhaps war, from such long and repeated practice is the norm for America? Who knows?

But before we digress too far from the topic at hand maybe we should address the contra side of this American hegemony. To wit: the crazies such warlike practices engender in a world gone riot. A world that is so manifestly destined to rid the world of conflict that they adopt the regime that spawned the anger.

Here’s an excerpt from the massacre on the island as reported in the Guardian of London just after the attacks on that tranquil peace-loving nation.

A Norwegian dressed as a police officer killed at least 80 people at an island retreat, police said early on Saturday. It took investigators several hours to begin to realise the full scope of the massacre, which followed an explosion in Oslo that killed seven and that police say was set off by the same suspect.

Police initially said about 10 people were killed at the camp on the island of Utøya, but some survivors said they thought the toll was much higher. Police director Øystein Mæland told reporters early on Saturday they had discovered many more victims.

“It’s taken time to search the area. What we know now is that we can say that there are at least 80 killed at Utøya,” Mæland said. “It goes without saying that this gives dimensions to this incident that are exceptional.”

Mæland said the death toll could rise even more. He said others were severely injured, but police did not know how many were hurt.

A suspect in the shootings and the Oslo explosion was arrested. Though police did not release his name, Norwegian national broadcaster NRK identified him as 32-year-old Anders Behring Breivik and said police searched his Oslo apartment overnight.

A police official said the suspect appears to have acted alone in both attacks, and that “it seems that this is not linked to any international terrorist organisations”. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because that information had not been officially released by Norway‘s police.

The official said the attack “is probably more Norway’s Oklahoma City than it is Norway’s World Trade Center.”

The motive was unknown, but both attacks were in areas connected to the ruling Labour party government. The youth camp, about 20 miles northwest of Oslo, is organised by the party’s youth wing, and the prime minister had been scheduled to speak there on Saturday.

The blast in Oslo left a square covered in twisted metal, shattered glass and documents expelled from surrounding buildings. Most of the windows in the block where the prime minister, Jens Stoltenberg, and his administration work were shattered.

The police official who spoke on condition of anonymity said the Oslo bombing occurred at 3.26pm local time, and the camp shootings began one to two hours later. The official said the gunman used automatic weapons and handguns, and that there was at least one unexploded device at the youth camp that a police bomb disposal team and military experts were disarming.

Seven people were killed by the blast in Oslo, four of whom have been identified. Nine or 10 people were seriously injured.

We can but wonder at the anger there.

But anger like that?

While certainly not normal.

Can be understood within a context of a world paradigm that has at its centre a country that cherishes war with passion, zeal and a notion that the use of force can become habit.

It’s a clusterduck that defies reason.

Because with one stroke of the pen.

And a commitment to cut  spending on war and weapons by one-half?

The United States of America could pay of most of its debt and broker a deal to end the famine in Africa.

Clearly a pie in the sky contemplative riff on my part.

John Lennon tried and failed.

But he left us with one cogent proposition.

All we are saying… is give peace a chance.