December 8, 2012
So now we have a war of assassins.
While the West attacks the Taliban leadership with remotely controlled preditory model aircraft attempting to pin-point terrorists they still managed to kill random civilians and innocents. It is brutal but compared to territorial fighting it out, wars of attrition, tank battles or the most extreme forms using WMD – it is essentially an attempt to assissinate. To chop the head off the snake. And from the other side, suicide bombers with increasingly bizarre ways to conceal explosives attempt to assassinate a leader of the Afghan military. Recruitment for these two armies seems a little lopsided. On one we have something like video game playing soldiers. On the other, self mutilation.
July 20, 2012
After Columbine, after numerous shootings and violence in America and copy cat events in other countries, what is to blame?
The crowd in a comic book violence movie were shot at by a young man bearing arms, smoke bombs and a gas mask. Fundamentalists will blame the movie. Others will blame video games and our violent culture. But the real issue here is the right to bear arms forming a basic part of the constitution.
“There is no link to terrorism” – rubbish. It is terrorism, domestically sourced and just as deadly. It is wrong to allow people to carry guns. They kill people.
The above item was published 20 July 2012 12:27 BST
Update: editorial in The Guardian Friday 20 July 2012 20.20 BST