July 7th, 2005

A Pocket Full of Murder

*feels sick*

Oh, my word. A tourist bus? The Underground? And they've only confirmed two casualties as yet, when you know there are bound to be far, far more than that?

For all the Londoners on my f-list and elsewhere on LJ -- for all the citizens of London and the tourists visiting there, whoever and wherever you are -- I am praying right now. I remember visiting London, ten years ago. I remember loving it. I can't imagine the horror of seeing it ripped apart by bombs.
A Pocket Full of Murder

No. Just NO.

I don't usually get into things like this, but I'm too appalled and, frankly, angry to keep silent. And those who know me best will know that I don't get angry easily, or often.

Nevertheless, I feel the need to state my utter, utter disgust with the attitude of the LJ commenter (not anyone I know personally) who expressed regret in a third party's journal that a certain other person on LJ was "not among the dead or injured" in the London attacks.

I don't know anything about the party being wished ill in this case -- never talked to them, never even seen their LJ name before today that I can recall. But I don't care how much you disagree with someone or how obnoxious you think they are in the way they present their views -- making jokes, in a public forum no less, about what a shame it is that your LJ nemesis didn't get blown up by a terrorist bomb is just plain sick.

On a day when people in the UK are grieving the horror of lost and injured loved ones, I can think of few things more disgusting and inappropriate than to make capital of that tragedy to express your petty resentment of another human being. That kind of comment says a lot more ugly things about you and your attitude toward other people than it does about the person you've just declared, however jokingly, as unworthy to live.

And no, I am not linking to the comment in question or naming any of the parties involved, because that isn't the point here and I don't want this to turn into a circus. I just felt that I had to say something or I'd explode.

ETA: I see that the comment in question has been deleted. Well, at least someone thought better of letting it stand, but frankly, it shouldn't have been said in the first place.