Sunday, 15 November 2015

I am not part of a male WE. The Paris Attack.

David Cameron - "However much WE prepare, WE in the UK face the same threat..... WE stand with you united."

Francoise Hollande : " WE are at war, and because WE are at war WE are taking exceptional measures"

Barack Obama: "WE stand prepared and ready to provide whatever assistance the people of France need to respond"

Three statements yesterday which suggest that "WE" are heading for a lot more fighting. WE are under threat. WE are going to fight back in the face of "THEIR" attack. WE are the good guys. WE will be doing all the good fighting against THEIR attacks. 

Fighting talk. Man talk. 

WE love this too....

we shall fight on the beaches,
we shall fight on the landing grounds,
we shall fight in the fields and in the streets,
we shall fight in the hills;
we shall never surrender
                                         Winston Churchill.

It gets OUR blood racing. It gets US foaming at the mouth for brave action. It puts guns in OUR hands and OUR boots on the ground. Fires US up.  Makes US patriotic. 

Stop. 

I'm not WE. I'm part of the WE that is women. WE don't wage these wars. WE don't perpetrate terrorist attacks on Paris. WE weren't on a Tunisian beach shooting at tourists. WE didn't fly planes into the Twin Towers.

WE died though. Lots of US. WE still are. Sometimes in war. Sometimes not. WE are killed by men. 

WE pick up our children to escape those wars waged by men. WE die on boats with our children at night trying to escape the violence in Syria. WE live in the camps at Calais subject to terrible conditions and vulnerable to sexual assault. WE are the ones raped and sexually assaulted in times of conflict as acts of vengeance/indulgence by soldiers who feel it is a "reward" of war. WE are placed in situations of danger throughout the world by the terrible mistakes of men who engage in conflict. WE often fight in those conflicts as military personnel too. It does not mean WE are responsible for the weapon placed in our hand even then. It just shows that WE are brave despite the intolerable foolishness of men who lead us into wars. There are some mighty and astonishing mistakes and most result from power, money and resources (land, oil, gas etc).

OH! I can hear it coming on down the line .....on the 10.56am from Luton.... "MRS THATCHER THOUGH!!!" - Here young man - have a banana and sit over there and eat it in the corner like the monkey you are. One evil woman does not make the rest a target for your daft. 

Next..... careering in driving an Audi A6 from Alderley Edge...... "ANGELA MERKEL THOUGH!"...... here ya go... have a kiwi fruit.... it will last longer and is a bit more intricate as that took you a bit longer to think up. (You're still a bit of a dick. Merkel has also successfully rescued an economy and is under constant and incredible pressure from men trying to oust her despite that. She's doing what she needs to do I guess. She also extended the hand of Germany to refugees whilst men dithered and let them die.) 

Finally..... here comes the helicopter. From Hertfordshire somewhere. Anywhere. "BOUDICCA THOUGH!" ... you win the pineapple. You really do. Boudicca was leader of the Iceni and she defended against the Romans. Who were bastard men and raped a shit load of WE. Pineapple. Arse. Insert. 

Because below is a list of current armed conflicts..... not including the joint military intervention against Islamic state. They are 100% waged by male leaders. 

When you discuss the IS intervention the countries jointly involved - listed below- are 86% "initiatives" led by countries headed by men. That would be 90% but for Portugal.... new women in charge. 

Your WE looks a bit fuckin shaky eh?

 I do condemn the actions of Islamic State. I am horrified by events in Paris. I do think Islamic State are barbaric and I do think they pervert Islam as a justification for inhuman acts. I do hope that their actions don't plunge us into a situation of racist accusations and racist suspicions but I don't doubt for a second that men up and down the pubs of the land last night were proving my hopes futile. 

David Cameron, Francois Hollande, Barack Obama, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Putin, Assad, etc etc etc.... My WE is women. Your WE is male violence. 



List of Ongoing Armed Conflicts : 

Afghanistan, Iraq, Nigeria, Cameroon, Niger, Chad, Syria, Israel, Palestine, Turkey, Somalia, Kenya, Nigeria, Sudan, Pakistan, Mexico, Libya, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, CAR, South Sudan, Ukraine, India, Iran, Myanmar, Thailand, Colombia, DRC, China, Ethiopia, Algeria, Tunisia, Burundi, Russia, Lebanon, Mali, Burundi, Indonesia, Philippines, Malaysia, Angola, Peru, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Djibouti, Eritrea, Mozambique. 

100% male leaders. 100 % of the "WE" is male. 

Military intervention Against ISIL :

 United States - male 
 United Kingdom - male 
 Iraq - male
Syria Syrian Opposition - male
 Australia - male 
 Belgium - male 
 Canada - Woman
 Denmark - Male
 France - male 
 Germany - woman
 Italy - male 
 Netherlands - male 
 New Zealand - Male
 Norway - Woman
 Portugal - women just took over and are being subjected to sexist behaviour from men. 
 Spain - male
 Turkey - male
 Bahrain - male 
 Jordan - male 
 Morocco - male 
 Qatar - male 
 Saudi Arabia - male 
 United Arab Emirates - male
 Egypt - male 
 Libya - male 
 Nigeria - male 
 Cameroon - male 
 Chad - male 
 Niger - male

86% of the "We" is male. Dropping to 90% if Portugal is not included because I think the women just elected mean to fight for significant change and a bit of sexism isn't going to stop them. *Salute*