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  1. Caliburn wrote
    Our liberals probably got a boost in votes because of the Turkish incident on the last minute. As a Greenie I am not that happy with the result but it could have been far worse. I was convinced Wilders would win big time, and I am very happy that I was wrong.

    But I am not that big in politics, I like film music more :-)

    Your Greens did really well, I thought! 4 seats up to 14? I'd be happy with that. Indeed I am, since I always vote Green over in Germany.

    Not sure what happened to your Labor Party, though...
  2. Exactly one year after a terrorist attack in Brussels, it has now happened in London.

    Will it ever end? sad
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
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      CommentAuthorBregt
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    An attack near the cradle of modern democracy. Damned. slant
    Kazoo
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTime6 days ago edited
    And now someone apparently tried to do the same in Belgium -- AGAIN!

    What's this new horrible trend of ramming vehicles into crowds?
    I am extremely serious.
  3. It's an easy way to be deadly without having to get your hands on illegal weapons or explosives, I guess. And damned near impossible to prevent or see coming. slant

    Good to see that the police apparently nipped this one in the bud before any serious damage or injuries could happen.
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    It's not a trend so much as an IS-suggested and endorsed way in Dabiq (the glossy IS put our irregularly, which is downloaded tens of thousands of times in any given country) to disrupt western life and cause fatalities with the least amount of trouble.

    So.
    Expect some more instances.
    'I would have scored it with celesta and a soft pillow.' ~ Thor
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime6 days ago
    Martijn, are you suggesting these attacks are ideologically motivated? That's crazy! These are just mundane acts by your generic psychopaths. Stop spreading hatred, you Nazi!

    Ahem.
  4. You know what scares me the most?

    It's impossible to stop the current trend. Terrorism has become a part of our everyday life. We can only sit by and await the next one. The only thing that will change is the number of victims in each attack.

    Eradicating IS will only provide motivation for the next batch of monstrous fanatics to continue the killing of innocents in the name of God.

    Man how I fucking hate religion and how it's abused in every possible way.
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
  5. I don't think that terrorism has become part of our everyday life. Groups such as IS would like us to feel that way but we must not get into feeling this.

    We'll be in London for a few days in a couple of weeks and we can't be apprehensive about the visit because that would mean that we are being influenced by these people.
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
  6. Yeah, that's what everyone keeps saying. We won't let ourselves be afraid to live our lives and be influenced by terrorist threats. But something has definitely changed. Our inability to stop these terrorists. There are already thousands more waiting, kids being brainwashed and trained as we speak.

    The global connectivity (internet / cellphones / social media) has also made it much easier for these bastards to communicate and to plan.

    All that didn't exist 20-25 years ago.
    "considering I've seen an enormous debate here about The Amazing Spider-Man and the ones who love it, and the ones who hate it, I feel myself obliged to say: TASTE DIFFERS, DEAL WITH IT" - Thomas G.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Steven wrote
    Martijn, are you suggesting these attacks are ideologically motivated? That's crazy! These are just mundane acts by your generic psychopaths. Stop spreading hatred, you Nazi!

    Ahem.


    They are lovely bearded people full of love wink
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Fill the streets with armed police. Unfortunate but seems to be the only solution to limit these things down. And tighten controls everywhere which is already happening, and of course big brother nation real time video monitoring of everything. Kiss privacy (well at least the last few remaining bits of it) goodbye, but it's the only way we are ever going to feel secure again, with these nutjobs around. Although I have to agree that with the cars and all now, each time we cut them one way or means down, they still find new imaginative means to cause harm. Their imagination is wild and sick.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Talking about what's actually in their holy books would be a start. But of course that would be Islamophobic.
  7. Criticizing the tenets of the religion is not Islamophobic; assuming that every single follower of the religion will adhere to those tenets in an ISIS-like manner is.
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    Steven wrote
    Talking about what's actually in their holy books would be a start. But of course that would be Islamophobic.


    All written by Hans Christian Anderson I believe.
    thor 2? fuck thor! ~ Thor
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime4 days ago edited
    We waste time with #NotAllMuslims talk. Of course not all Muslims, for the same reason most Christians ignore Leviticus. But it needs to become acceptable in mainstream discourse to discuss where these ideas are coming from, why they're so attractive, and empower those very few progressive Muslims (and ex-muslims) who are honest and brave enough to admit the dangerous ideology waiting to be plucked from Islam.

    The first step is to talk about the life of Muhammad, the 'ideal man'.
  8. As long as we still have politicians running on platforms to block all Muslim refugees from entering their country, then no, not all Muslims talk is clearly not wasted time. Subscribing to a shitty ideology does not (necessarily) make you a shitty person. I'll gladly criticize Islam, Christianity and any other backwards-thinking religion or belief system that causes harm, holds back society, goes against human rights and sows the kind of division we're seeing around the world. But unless you have concrete evidence that any given person subscribes to that sort of thought, they're innocent until proven guilty. That applies to Muslims too.
  9. The thing is that enlightenment will have to take hold from within the Islamic community. As for now there is far too much false tolerance for radical views even by those who do not hold those views themselves.

    Volker
    Rüm Hart - Klaar Kiming
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      CommentAuthorSteven
    • CommentTime3 days ago
    Edmund Meinerts wrote
    As long as we still have politicians running on platforms to block all Muslim refugees from entering their country, then no, not all Muslims talk is clearly not wasted time. Subscribing to a shitty ideology does not (necessarily) make you a shitty person. I'll gladly criticize Islam, Christianity and any other backwards-thinking religion or belief system that causes harm, holds back society, goes against human rights and sows the kind of division we're seeing around the world. But unless you have concrete evidence that any given person subscribes to that sort of thought, they're innocent until proven guilty. That applies to Muslims too.


    Agreed, for the most part. Where we waste time with the #NotAllMuslims trope, or where it becomes a hindrance, is when it's flung at those who aren't being bigoted and are simply pointing out the obvious where Islam is concerned. It's often used to obfuscate core issues (like, say, the belief in martyrdom, and the rewards one reaps in the hereafter) in the name of political correctness and virtue signalling, rather than a thoughtful reaction to a complex and pervasive problem.

    If for example I were to say "A worryingly large portion of Muslims believe that women should be stoned for adultery as a direct precept of their religion", and someone replies with not all Muslims, that doesn't help.