You can already see the evidence of how this tragedy will structure the narrative of our country for the next few months – who will manipulate this event to support their argument? what political fuel will be extracted from the well of contention? Based on the available information the perpetrator was not organised, was not heavily armed and had no support. Nobody with a stable mindset would run upon the Houses of Parliament armed with a knife – or drive into other human beings – this tragedy was not a calculated or rational attack. The location of this attack makes it the perfect story to continue peddling fear and hate among the masses. The iconography of the location can be eaten up by news organisations to imply that there is a global radical conspiracy. It’s the kind of story that far right wing platforms will be morbidly smug about because it supports an isolationist world view as oppose to sensible and logical conclusions. Platforms will frame the tragedy in a way that detracts from the fact that this was the act of a lone assailant with very severe mental issues. The facts will be obscured until it fits in as a piece of the ongoing narrative that the world is not safe – broadly speaking, the world is safer now than its ever been before any previous time in history.
The hallmarks of a civilized society are key: an economy, transport infrastructure, cultural activity, social assimilation – but most essentially – peace. The belief in the idea of the state & a citizens adherence to the states law is based off the mutual agreement that law and order is kept by the state in return for social conformity. When an event of terrorism takes place in a society that prides its self on peace achieved by military prowess and strength, it undermines the social order. This is why attacks in Western cities like Paris & Brussels are considered more horrifying by the global community than events in the Middle East despite the victims shared humanity. The global communities perception selectively sympathizes with first world cities over second & third world cities because of a debased idea of inherent societal superiority – of Western civility. This kind of selective regard produces humanitarian issues and perpetuates global instability.
It’s eerie the role that the affected state has to play in the global theater when tragedies like this occur. The country must demonstrate its capability in dealing with these events, in containing these breaches. The international community is watching, everybody is watching. The state must demonstrate its ability to respond to these incidents swiftly. The issue was responded to in a stunning six minutes. All credit due to the sharp efforts of world class British security services. Beyond this Westminster has been combed, police are en mass in central London. Choppers dot the skies. Terrorism units are surveying, forensics are busy. The scale of the operation will be in the millions of pounds already and reflects the heightened state of fear in the current political climate. There’s a cold duality to England’s response to this situation: an assurance to its citizens that the state is very much in control and also a demonstration of strength to the leaders of the world & extremists of any kind – Britain is armed. It’s important now more than ever to remain in solidarity, to not become erratic. The response from the international community has been an out-pour of love and support despite stormy political seas. This love and solidarity needs to continue and be built upon. This kind of unity and support shouldn’t require a tragedy to ignite it.