Wednesday, 22 March 2017

Fiction And Reality

Dominic Flandry and his fiancee, Kossara Vymezal, march with Merseians to the Dennitzan Parliament. When Kossara begins to address the Parliament, the building is attacked and she is murdered/martyred. The account of her death is fictional but harrowing so it is not inappropriate to compare it to the kind of real events that are reflected in fiction.

On Saturday, 30,000 people marched through London to Parliament Square where we were addressed by several Members of Parliament. Afterwards, some of us crossed Westminster Bridge to our parked coach. We saw armed police at an entrance to Parliament. Today we hear news reports of an attack on Parliament in which several people, including one policeman, were killed. Fortunately, this real attack was not on the scale of the fictional one.

We did not expect to blog about either slavery or terrorism but cannot always choose our agenda.


Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

Yes, I remember the incident you discussed here from A KNIGHT OF GHOSTS AND SHADOWS. The objective was to enable Kossara Vymezal to address the Dennitzan parliament, to urge them not to rebel against Terra, that Merseian agents had been manipulating them in an effort to trigger another civil war inside the Empire. That's why she was killed/martyred.

And I'm so FURIOUS at this latest atrocity by a fanatical Muslim that you mentioned that it's very hard to remain reasonable. But that is exactly what the fanatics (and Aycharaych's agents) wanted, provoking peoples and their leaders into anger, so they would do things they never would when calm.

But Nigel Farage and Ayaan Hirsi Ali are right, we need to stop fooling ourselves about the threat we face from jihadist Islam. The plain fact is that many Muslims are at WAR with us. The attack outside the UK Parliament was an act of war. Is it REALLY so terrible to set limits and delays on immigration from Muslim countries? Is it so wrong to vet them in order to weed out terrorists and fanatics who reject our values?

Is it even POSSIBLE for Islam as Islam to co-exist alongside other faiths and philosophies which reject or oppose Muslim values? I don't think it's wrong to advocate the need to at least consider such questions.


Paul Shackley said...

I think that the attack was a criminal act by an individual, unless it can be shown that he was acting as the agent of another state.

Sean M. Brooks said...

Kaor, Paul!

The latest reports I've seen indicates this attack was instigated by agents or supporters of ISIS, the Islamic State. So this was not a merely random attack.

Moreover, even if the attack was a lone wolf atrocity by a single fanatic acting on his own, the questions I asked above still applies.