Don’t Give the Terrorist What He Wants

I believe everyone who has a pulse and can read the news would have known about the terrorist attacks at Christchurch, New Zealand, that has so far led to the deaths of 50 innocent Muslims.

I don’t think I have anything to add that will truly enlighten people. At the same time, though, I feel the need to say more than just ‘I offer my thoughts and prayers’ as my two cents’ worth in this truly horrific abomination.

It is well-established that the terrorist livestreamed the attack on Facebook. Basically, people were being killed, and it was being shown in real time on the Internet.

That in itself is extremely disturbing. The way I see it, though, there is something even more disturbing: people went on to save the live stream and share it on Facebook, Youtube, WhatsApp and what have you.

If you are one of the people who shared the video, guess what: you are in cahoots with the terrorist. No, seriously. You abetted the terrorist. You aided the terrorist. You might as well have just oiled his weapons, supplied him with ammunition, and thrown in a backrub while you were at it.

Why do I say this? Simple. The whole point of shooting up two mosques and livestreaming the event was to publicize his actions. The terrorist craved attention. By actively sharing the video or even seeking out the video, congratulations – you gave him what they wanted. He sought attention from you, and you gave it to him on a platter.

I mean, think about it. You probably would not want to give the time of the day to your worst enemy when he asks you for it. So why are you giving the terrorist attention and notoriety when he is asking you for it?

And seriously, what is the whole point of you wanting to check out the video? Just to see what it’s like to kill people from the POV (point of view) of a mass murderer? That’s just sick.

On my part, I have not watched the video, and I do not intend to do so. EEVER. It helps that no one on my Facebook, Youtube, or WhatsApp groups are dumb enough to share it. If there had been anyone who shared it, I had long ago blocked and/or unfriended them.

No, seriously. I have ended 20-year friendships with people who blindly posted obviously fake news and wild rumours without bothering to at least check that their sources were reliable. And it is those people who are the ones who would post the video. If that sounds extreme, let me just put it this way: I would far rather end a long-term friendship than be an accomplice in the propagation of fake news or terrorism.

Let me just say this: unless you have a good reason for actually wanting to watch that video, please stay away from it. And seriously, how many people on earth actually have a good reason for watching the video? Well, I suppose the authorities in New Zealand need to scrutinize it to piece together how the attacks unfolded. And I suppose Special Operations Force commanders need to learn how terrorists conduct their attacks so as to know how to effectively counter them.

But otherwise, leave it well alone.

Now, you may have noticed that not once did I refer to the terrorist by name. The reason for that is simple, but let me allow New Zealand Prime Minister Jacintha Ardern to put it succintly:

That’s right. That terrorist does not deserve even a shred of notoriety. Saying his name out loud humanizes him. We can all agree that he does not deserve to be called a human, and the first thing we can do to strip him of any kind of human dignity is to not mention his name.

So here’s the thing: if you should not mention his name, why should you want to watch the video that he wants you to watch?

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