Friday, August 18, 2017

Too close to home

I think it was the 6th of May this year when R, his sister, his brother in law and myself strolled along Las Ramblas in Barcelona. I may have remarked in my subsequent holiday posts that it seemed a street where people stroll and look at people strolling. Nothing wrong with that really. We have such streets here. I loved Barcelona. It is a wonderful city.

We are all old and no great loss, well an advantage to some, if we had been mown down by a terrorist in a van and killed. But what if we just were terribly injured. My current back issues might pale into insignificance. Never mind that young kiddies have been killed in the attack, kids who had their lives before them, full of mystery and hope and uncertainty.

What sort of human animal would set out to kill and maim such people?

Barcelona has become so popular with tourists that the locals have issues with the sheer numbers of tourists. I get that, and tourism needs to be controlled. The person who scribed on a Barcelona wall with spray can paint, saying, 'If it is tourist season in Barcelona, does that mean it is open season and we can shoot them?', kind of had his or her wish come true.


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  1. We were only in Barcelona and surroundings for 8 days but it was arguably the best city ever. The architecture, food, music, arts, wines, museums, weather etc were so good, I am not surprised that the killers would target Barcelona.

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    1. Jo, it really is a great city. While I love the old Habsburg cities, there is a warmth to Barcelona not found elsewhere.

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  2. On a very selfish level, it's also been on my radar today, as I'm visiting in a few weeks time. Sweden earlier this year, and I was there a few weeks later. A pattern has emerged.

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  3. Much too close to home. And I doubt that this type of attack can be successfully prevented.

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    1. EC, I don't think it can, other than stopping it at the roots. It doesn't matter what barriers are put, there will always be some vulnerable areas.

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  4. And I saw on the news this morning that there has been a stabbing in one of my favourite cities in Finland. The reach of terror is insidious.

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    1. Ad Rad, I heard that, but it was not confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. Maybe you have more recent news.

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  5. Anonymous8:49 am

    In southern Thailand, car bombs are still used in terrorist attacks. However the army chief said yesterday the terrorists have a new tactic - training new members who don't have criminal records to replace their predecessors, and that these new members join the group because they are hired, not because they agree with the terrorists' ideology. They break into showrooms or used car yards to steal vehicles and take hostages who they later murder. - Ian

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    1. Guns for hire, so to speak Ian. Nasty stuff.

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  6. There is concern over a 7 year old Brit/Aussie boy who has gone missing since the massacre. It sounds very strange, I do hope he's OK.

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    1. A lovely looking lad, Cro. We were talking about it earlier. It's rather mysterious because surely if he had been killed or injured, the family would have found out. Fingers crossed.

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  7. No, nothing has been confirmed as to who might be responsible. I was referring more generally to actions designed to instil terror in the masses, whether by religious extremists, white supremists or others.

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    1. Thanks for the clarification, not that what you said wasn't clear.

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  8. I saw the footage on TV news, the van swerving down the mall aiming at people and people running for their lives. It's so horrifying and every time I visit our Rundle Mall now I'm pleased to see the bollards up at each end to stop cars getting through. They're newish and went up after the first mall drive through in some other city.

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    1. River, unfortunately our mall has to stay open for trams and delivery vehicles. It is partly blocked by ugly temporary bollards.

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  9. Yes we have bollards up too, but there are still so many places left unprotected.. I can see how easy it would be to become agoraphobic. Thank heavens for the blog getting me out and about 🎆

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    1. Grace, yes, it would be easy to hide away from life at home.

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