(This is an old post I’ve moved over from a blog I used to have. I wanted to get rid of the blog but save some of the posts. The original was posted on 06/07/2015.)
A bit of a random one today. It just struck me that it’s the 10th anniversary of the London bombings tomorrow and I found it quite weird when this realisation hit for 2 reasons. First it doesn’t seem like it can be that long ago (and yet at the same time it seems like much longer ago) and second there hasn’t been a huge “thing” made out of it.
Let me elaborate. I don’t follow the news religiously. I don’t watch live TV and so don’t watch the news, I don’t buy newspapers, I don’t listen to the radio. I do however try to catch up on the BBC website on my lunchbreaks at work so I at least know what is going on in the world and have seen nothing before today regarding this anniversary. I don’t even know if there are any national memorial services, minute silences or anything else going on. This got me thinking – when it was the 10th anniversary of 9/11 the whole world knew about it. And don’t get me wrong, I don’t mean any of this in a bad way, I’m just comparing the differences here.
Now admittedly 9/11 was a much bigger tragedy on the scale of things and can be viewed as the start of this ongoing conflict which led to many other things. Without that there wouldn’t (theoretically) have been the war and therefore wouldn’t have been retaliations in other countries such as over here in the UK. There’s also the fact that a lot more people died and a lot more nationalities were probably involved due to it also involving the two planes, whereas the majority of people on the London transport were probably Londoners going about their daily business.
I think it’s also partly to do with the way as nations we act differently. America is a much larger place and generally the people are more outspoken and want to get out there and make opinions known (speaking very stereotypically here of course, I realise not all Americans are brash, gun-toting “my way or the highway” people and certainly hope it doesn’t come across like that!) and us British are known for our stiff upper lip, get on with it and probably feel slightly embarassed that we’re causing a commotion.
I was also discussing this with my boyfriend and feel that it’s maybe because we’re used to it as well. Not that we’re setting off bombs left, right and centre but because even people of my age (31 at the time of writing) have been aware of the IRA bombings and threats through most of our childhood so maybe it doesn’t seem so odd whereas the 9/11 attack would’ve been jaw dropping in any country I think; perhaps had it been some kind of mass shooting it wouldn’t have been quite so hard to get your head around.
Anyway I will be thinking of the victims tomorrow and all those still affected by it. Let me know your thoughts on the matter.