Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims

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At least 12 people have died in a massive inferno which engulfed a 24 storey building in London. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everybody affected by this tragedy.

The head of London Police has stated that the international backgrounds of many of the dead and injured is a tribute to the diverse vibrancy of the British capital. Indeed the greatest tragedy of this tragedy would be if it were to affect the multicultural nature of London, which is what, after all, makes it great.

This will not divide us.

Perhaps the reason why this tragedy has affected so many of us is that we can relate to it so easily – Mohammed who died in London could just as easily have been Muhammad from Paris, Mohamet from Toronto, or Mohammad from Sydney. With this in mind then, we should take care not to focus too heavily on this tragedy at the expense of others around the world; to do so could be considered racist. We must remember that our media conditions us to disassociate ourselves from other communities around the world – had it been Pieter from Cape Town, Pyotr from Moscow, or Peter from Alexandria who died, would it have received the same attention?

London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has echoed these concerns by reminding us that dying alongside your entire family in a towering blaze in a building which lacked adequate fire hazard protection is just part and parcel of living in a big city. He is correct. Such risks are far outweighed by the road toll, cancer, and black-on-white violence in urban America.

You are more likely to be killed by a fridge falling on you than you are by an uncontrollable fire which engulfs your entire home when a fridge’s engine explodes.

So in order to pay your respects to the victims, I suggest you light a candle. Just, keep it away from the bedsheets.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to everybody affected by this tragedy.

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David Hiscox
David has studied history and political science at Melbourne University. His thesis was written on how the utilisation of Missile Defence can help to achieve nuclear disarmament. His interest in history was piqued by playing a flight simulator computer game about the Battle of Britain, and he hopes to one day siphon the earnings from his political writings into funding the greatest prog-rock concept album the world has ever seen.
  • Addelad

    Brilliant! I was struck by the, ahem, diversity given we were looking at North Kensington. Social security payments really need to be reviewed in the UK.

  • entropy

    Being morally superior to others, I offer more than just my thoughts and prayers.

    Observe: my generous offer of a spare room, some tea and bikkies. I telegraph this offer over the internet so everyone can know what a lovely person I am.

    I am aware that this is not a particularly practical offer; that London is a big city and that people affected will no doubt have friends and family they can stay with. Even if they don’t, I’m sure they’d prefer to stay in a hotel than sleep on a total stranger’s couch. Also, I live in Australia, so… yeah.

    Some people think I’m a despicable piece of scum for leveraging the deaths of others to signal my own virtue, or that there’s something weird about opening my home to traumatised young girls fresh from an Ariana Grande concert, but those people are just alt-right trolls.

    • Can I come and stay in your spare room, please sir ?
      I do so very much like bikkies and a cuppa.

      • entropy

        Of course, friend. Actually, David Hiscox is housesitting for me at the moment, so just pop around and tell him I sent you.

  • The stupid Englander twats, cladding a high rise in flammable aluminium. Didn’t they learn anything from their Naval spat with the Argies, during the Falklands war ?
    Aluminium warships burn ferociously when hit by an Argentine Exocet missile……
    In any case, regarding the recent Londonistan immolation, I attach a link to a video, the selection of which is in poor taste.
    I have, however, lit a candle in memory of lives lost…..

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=nch1URmJvMA

  • Sir Cumference

    Wonder if Sadiq Khan has the same feelings for the people that died beside their workmates in the Trade Towers.