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Civilised? When Death becomes a Spectacle?

Perhaps you have witnessed this yourself? You are driving down the motorway, then suddenly there is a concentration of traffic that forces you to slow down – even though there is no apparent reason for it. Very often the cause is an accident on the carriageway in the other direction, and drivers heading in your direction are slowing down to gawk!

I’d seen a similar situation as a youngster, but never understood it. If there was an accident on the main road running past the top of our street, as if by magic, a horde of kids would appear to gawk at it. Perhaps it would have been better, instead of wondering why they did that, would be to ask “Why didn’t I?” Such events held no attraction for me whatsoever.

The only times I have stopped at the scene of an accident have been when I either witnessed it happening, or appeared on the scene so soon after the event, that it was necessary to stop and see if help could be offered.

I see similarities in other places. There is always a requirement for more. The sex act in many films now is so realistically depicted that it is really hard to see the difference between that and pornography. “The Hunger Games” springs to mind as prime example of death now being a requirement for entertainment.

And for some Israelis, the bombardment of Gaza has become their spectacle of choice.
When bombs receive applause
Twitter uproar over pic of ‘applauding’ Israelis watching night attacks on Gaza

Although I find such an attitude extremely difficult to stomach, there is worse to come. “CNN has pulled correspondent Diana Magnay out of her post covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict after the reporter tweeted that Israelis cheering bombs hitting Gaza, and who had allegedly threatened her, were “scum.” See –
CNN boots reporter from Israel-Gaza conflict after ‘scum’ tweet

It seems that Diana has bigger balls than her employer, CNN, whose abject apology to the Israeli’s for Diana’s tweet resembles that of a grovelling sycophant!

Although her choice of epithet caused some consternation, her reaction was completely understandable. The Israeli’s on the hill above Sderot had threatened to destroy her car if she wrote one word ‘out of place’. This is transference of rage onto an innocent bystander, and this must be bordering on the barbaric.

This is not the action of civilised people!

Perhaps the choice of epithet was rather apt after all?

Scum rises to the top!

Turn up the heat, and skim it off!