Decency, Dignity – Making a Difference


I have just read a post in the London Guardian newspaper that links to a major US media outlet which has seen fit to publish pictures of what it alleges are remaining components of the explosive device that killed 22 young people in Manchester, England.

Young people who, to date, include an 18-year old, a 15 year-old, a 14-year old and an 8-year old.

I can do no better than quote the Guardian newspaper:

“The UK government has expressed its anger after photographs apparently showing fragments from the Manchester bomb were leaked to the ———-. A Whitehall source said:

“We are furious. This is completely unacceptable. These images leaked from inside the US system will be distressing for victims, their families and the wider public. The issue is being raised at every relevant level by the British authorities with their US counterparts.”

The images appeared just hours after the home secretary, Amber Rudd, told the US authorities not to leak information. That came after details about the attack emerged in American media on Tuesday before being confirmed by British police. Rudd had said that she was “irritated” by the early release of Salman Abedi’s name and had made “very clear” to American counterparts that no further leaks should happen.

The row goes to the heart of the close intelligence-sharing relationship between the transatlantic allies and provides an awkward backdrop to Theresa May’s meeting with the US president, Donald Trump, at the Nato summit in Brussels on Thursday.”

Some of you will know that I have written recently about what I regard as the causal disregard some in the US have for matters of security.

Is it really that difficult to understand? Forget the reasons, forget the causes, forget the discussions I would likely be leading in other forums about the guilt the West should own for its behavior in the past, which behavior is the likely genesis for much of the bloodshed we are now experiencing in the West. Forget all that for one moment.

We are where we are. We need to protect our citizens. Our young. We do not do that by revealing all over our media what it is that we know about those who would wish us harm. What it is that we are doing. When. And how. So. Could the US please stop doing it?

And when I say US, I do not just mean Trump. It ain’t just him doing this. It is some in US intelligence. And it is other US officials, too. Plus, it is the US mainstream media, grasping at any opportunity, however insensitive and gruesome, to recover ratings.

And it’s not just about security. It is also about common decency. I have never understood why the mainstream media feel it necessary to publish pictures of people who are dead, and lying in the street. When relatives have probably not yet been told. Publishing pictures of people in pain. Where is the common sense of decency and dignity?

I do not seek regulation or legislation. I just want those who are in a position to make a difference, actually to start behaving differently. For the love of all things humane, could we all of us just make a simple decision not to make a profit off those of our baser instincts, which some of us attempt with a modicum of dignity to keep under some measure of control?

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Published in: on June 5, 2017 at 10:35 am  Leave a Comment  

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