Why do our leaders not see this as war?

I was watching Last Night of the Proms last night, and they started the performance with this:

As anthems go, La Marseillaise is definitely in the top 10.  Stirring stuff.  A haka in its own right.  It made me reflect on Nice, as it was, of course, the Proms’ tribute to the French.   And it struck me that we are a marvellous people.  Look at what can be done when we work together.  A stage full of people who are near the top of their game on each instrument, coming together; not to shine as individuals, but to work together towards a goal so much greater than themselves.   In contrast, we have this.






I realise some of you have gone punch drunk, some of you are numb, some of you are in a state of denial.  And I don’t know why this event has affected me more than the stadium shootings, or the airport or metro bombings.

But it has.

Human beings are marvellous.  We have the potential to be so much, do so much, achieve so much.

And then we have a large group of people who stand on the cornerstone of Islam to destroy, to remove culture, to remove creativity, to remove freedom.

I think about the people we respect and honour on Anzac day.   They paid the ultimate price so we can be the best we can be.  Since 1945 most of us have known freedom.

And yet there are those in our societies who are currently frozen.  They are allowing this destruction of culture, of individuality, of potential and telling themselves they are the better person for allowing it.

Our leaders are living in a dream.  And ultimately, they are failing to lead.

In the end the only thing that wakes up politicians in a democracy is to take your vote away and give it to someone who is doing what you want done.

Luckily, New Zealand is still decades away from these kinds of problems at home.  Perhaps, with some luck, we may be spared them altogether.  But who can honestly stand by and watch the destruction of life as we know it?  Life that our families paid for in blood.

How long before we respect their sacrifices more than we respect the feelings of those that wish to do us harm in the name of their God?



– Pete


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