Monday, 25 July 2016

When sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions

Since last Saturday Germany has been the scene of two further vicious attacks – the murder of a Polish woman and the wounding of two other people in Reutlingen, near Stuttgart, followed by what appears to have been an IS-inspired suicide bomb attack that injured fifteen people outside a restaurant in Ansbach, Bavaria – and now there is news of a fatal shooting incident in Fort Myers, Florida that has ended with two dead and sixteen people injured. Yesterday twenty people were killed near a security checkpoint in Baghdad by a suicide bomber, and this morning a car bomb in Khalis, Iraq, killed at least seventeen.

As the quote from Shakespeare's HAMLET states, we seem to be living at a time 'when sorrows come, they come not single spies, but in battalions'.

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  1. And now reports of a horrific incident in Japan. It's all very scary, especially as my son is off on assorted travels this summer (currently in Austria and later to Paris) but I also know that there's little we can do to predict the chaos that seems to be going on. Simply getting on with things seems the only sensible answer in the face of such madness.

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    1. Alastair,

      We can worry, but in the end the best course of action is to do as you suggest ...just get on with things as best one can.

      I hope that your son has an enjoyable - and safe - time travelling around Europe.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  2. It is a sad comment on our species that these events are becoming almost routine, and not just in our gun loving US of A.It all seems so very pointless. On the other hand, it does help to keep in ind that that the world population exceeds 7 billions, and more people are killed in tyraffic accidents every day. Of course, those aren't (usually) intentional, and it means nothing if the victim is someone you love.

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    1. Gonsalvo,

      You are right ... and had there been a week or so between these events rather than a few hours or days, they would not have appeared anywhere near as bad to the majority of the population.

      You are also right to remind us that lots of people die each day in unintended accidents or as a result of them reaching the natural end to their lives. Regardless of how a person dies, their death affects everyone who knew then, and we should always be mindful of that.

      All the best,

      Bob

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  3. This morning has seen what appears to be a further IS-inspired attack - this time on a church in Normandy - and a suicide shooting in a German clinic.

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