Resisting terror is like trying not to fall asleep. One columnist thinks it is this simple:
'And all over London last night, after the attack, for many hours, people continued to laugh, to chat, to drink, to dance. Not because they didn’t care. Many of them undoubtedly spent many minutes texting, calling, getting in touch with friends to find out if they were safe. But they carried on living their lives. They weren’t scared or cowed by terrorist fanatics who want them to feel burning terror and fear in every waking moment that they have, to steal away their happiness and their security.
What would have been the alternative? For London’s pubs, bars, restaurants, clubs to all empty as their patrons fled home in terror? To bolt their doors, to stay inside, to venture outside only when necessary, eyeing suspiciously everything and anything?
Today, London carries on. It is quiet by London-standards because it’s a Sunday. There are people in the parks. Some have gone for a swim. Others have taken their kids out. Others are in the pub, drinking: I can see them from my windows. Others are watching box sets at home. Their lives are continuing. They are not scared, and they are not cowed, and they are not allowing fanatics to win by ruining their lives.
Yes, we need a debate about dealing with extremism and fanaticism in this country. Nobody should argue otherwise. And let’s have it.
But that does not mean tolerating or accepting huge disruption to our lives and to our democracy, which would both gift and incentivise terrorism. London, like Manchester, is full of resilience, full of humanity. It’s also full of people getting annoyed with each other about standing on the left sides of escalators, at tourists for abruptly stopping in busy walkways, and at people with overly loud headphones on public transport. It is still London, nothing has changed.
Today we mourn those who have been murdered. When their names come out, let’s read about their lives, about what their loved ones say about then, about their passions and personalities, and all the rest.'
'Terrorist' is a category made up by the west. In the wake of 9/11, the terrorist has also been assigned fictional motives, such as causing fear. This is probably the most narcissistic reading of another's actions, as it completely disregards the murders committed and turns the murderer's motives into a ghost chase whose ultimate goal is the incitement of an emotion in the observer. If the goal of a terrorist is a feeling, then its simple! Don't have that feeling. If you don't have that feeling, you win, regardless of how many people are killed trying to incite that feeling. Then everyone can pat themselves on the back for not giving into an emotion while giving in completely to what would have caused the emotion.
It's the same with Antifa. Going great lengths to point out how fascistic they are as anti-fascists is missing the point now. Approximations no longer help. Free speech doesn't help either. There's not much you can say when you've been pepper sprayed or when you've taken a brick to the face.
The most serious stance you can take in these situations, regardless of what happens afterward, is to take all of these people at their word. Isis are not simply terrorists. They don't care about feelings. They are murderers who have declared war on the west. The west disrespects itself and its enemies and the home countries of these murderers when it pathologically denies them agency for the sake of warm, fuzzy feelings. Likewise, Antifa's whole purpose is to hurt people belonging to a category which no longer exists, which means anyone could be next.
The best we can do is take these threats seriously; after that, there are many options, but I can tell you what is not an option: watching box sets and Netflix are not serious solutions. Going to drink at bars is not a solution.
I'm not in the business of spreading panic. If it wasn't Isis or Antifa, it would be someone else. These groups are simply the most easy to manipulate since they are largely emotion-driven, and are thus mobilized for the purpose of destabilizing areas which offer some kind of competition to the state.
Every country in the middle east which tries to assert some level of autonomy gets its angry mobs armed by the west to fight against it and falls into chaos.
Think about metropolitan areas. These are the places which are more than likely going to favor decriminalized cannabis, gay marriage and equal opporty in the work place more than other places. The cities win these things through democracy, but then they take it farther. Then come bathrooms for made up genders and alternative pronouns which, somehow, the people want legislated. Western governments are trying to keep mobs in check the only way they know how in a democracy: by taking democracy to its ultimate conclusions. Antifa and Isis are useful groups to break laws that would give the state an excuse to tighten restrictions on absolutely everything, so that everything, including arbitrary words and ideas, can be made illegal. Globalists want complete politicization of life, because they know democracy eventually destroys itself and that they can always move the goal post.
In a world full of double speak, it's easy to not take people at their word, but we need to start. It raises the standard for others and for ourselves.
Self defense is important, but it's not good enough in isolation. We need to establish communities of people we trust. The main criteria is honesty. People who can be trusted to act on their word will give you a good indication of how you might shape society. Even if people can keep their word, not everyone agrees about how people should live together. Fair enough. There's room for diversity of community types. But this is only one small step. Eventually, after establishing trust, you will be able to identify the people who are the most capable of protecting the group and seeing its goals realized. We currently live in a world where we have too many people already living in conformity with the above columnist's remedy for terrorism; we already have people consuming and drinking and watching too much television. Keeping calm and self-destructing on is not what we need now. We need encouragement and strength, but that can only come out of building strong relationships in communities that are cooperative.