The scenes of horror at last weeks events in Paris will live long in the memory for lots of people, particularly the people affected by this travesty.
Horrific doesn’t cover it, those were ordinary people having fun, gunned down having dinner, drinks or enjoying a concert.
Things that we take for granted in our ordinary life’s.
The majority of the victims were killed while attending the Eagles Of Death Metal concert at The Bataclan.
I’d been to see the band on last Wednesday night when they played the ABC Glasgow. Not my usual choice of music but enjoyed the gig. Which made last Friday’s events that little bit more poignant and hard hitting.
The people killed could have been any one of us.
The band themselves are safe but lost some friends and colleagues on the night. I’ve extracted the following from their Facebook page.
“While the band is now home safe, we are horrified and still trying to come to terms with what happened in France. Our thoughts and hearts are first and foremost with our brother Nick Alexander, our record company comrades Thomas Ayad, Marie Mosser, and Manu Perez, and all the friends and fans whose lives were taken in Paris, as well as their friends, families, and loved ones.
Although bonded in grief with the victims, the fans, the families, the citizens of Paris, and all those affected by terrorism, we are proud to stand together, with our new family, now united by a common goal of love and compassion.
We would like to thank the French police, the FBI, the U.S. and French State Departments, and especially all those at ground zero with us who helped each other as best they could during this unimaginable ordeal, proving once again that love overshadows evil.
All EODM shows are on hold until further notice.
Vive la musique, vive la liberté, vive la France, and vive EODM.”
Last night New Order played the Academy in Glasgow, they’ve played more or less the same set list on the tour so far so we knew what was coming, 60/40 old to new material punting the new album.
This album has more of a commercial electro dance sound, perhaps because guitarist Peter Hook has parted company with the band.
I quite like the new album but some of it is filler. Which is pretty normal. The crowd were waiting for the big finish with a string of hits belted out which had the place jumping.
At some point while the new material was playing, I was looking round the venue, Unlike the Bataclan its multi-tiered, but there are some similarities as the main standing section is overlooked by balconies on either side.
For a few moments I imagined what it must have been like to have been there, terrorists standing on the balcony above you demanding that you lie on the floor, people packed on top of each other then the terrorists shooting them or dropping bombs on them.
Thing is, you can’t dwell on it, you can’t let these fuckers change our way of life or they win.
A hard truth is that these terrorists live amongst us, they feel disenfranchised and that they have some right to inflict their poisonous thoughts and actions upon ordinary people having a good time.
They may think that they are freedom fighters fighting for a cause, but they’re not, they are cowards who can only attack defenceless people going about their daily life’s.
I believe in personal freedom and freedom of speech even if I disagree with what someone is saying. I stand against state control or the new legislation to intercept people’s private communications which are being pushed through parliament.
Well I did, but not now.
As far as I’m concerned this needs to be stamped out, any sympathetic viewpoints to the causes of terrorists needs to be stamped on hard and mercilessly.
For years we allowed that cleric Abu Hamza to spout his hateful rhetoric and poison the minds of many young people.
We watched helplessly as the powers that tied themselves up in legalities about his human and civil rights, when he did not care about ours.
On Facebook last week, hours after the tragedy in Paris my mate told me of a Muslim friend of his justifying the attacks and quoting the numbers killed in Syria etc
And that’s relevant because of what?
You can’t justify last week because of whatever is happening elsewhere in the world, Two wrongs will never make a right. Whatever is happening elsewhere should be sorted out politically not with guns.
There is no justification for last weeks attrocities.
I believe in freedom of speech but that guys attitude crossed the line and should be stamped on.
Tolerance and acceptance is no longer an option, Allowing people freedom seems to make them think they can get away with saying anything but that needs to stop.
We need to take the fight to them.
The motto of the band last week is Peace, Love and Death Metal if only these terrorists and their followers listened instead of preaching their hatred.
The pic is taken from the bands Facebook page .. I knew the hand sign for peace but had no idea what the other two were!