East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai



I don’t do “political” posts, usually.
But the fact is, last night we got home after the movie and heard about the Nice killings. Both my brother and I are very fond of Nice, we love the town, the people, the sea. We try and spend at least one day there every year.
We have friends there – and we spent part of the night messaging them to make sure they were all right. Which feels terribly selfish in the face of all the dead and injured. Our friends are fine – many others are not.


As usual, they hit a celebration – happy people having a good time.
The DAESH is trying to force us to become like them, to become radicalized – a joyless people that only thinks in dualities: black/white, right/wrong, them/us, friends/enemies. But the real world is not like that, and we know.
They need an enemy because without an enemy they are nothing.
They need a Crusade against them to justify their existence.
We won’t fall for such a ploy.
We are better than that.
We are part of a civilization and we paid our dues in terms of wars, tragedies, and age-old hatreds to get where we are – we’ve been there, done that, and saw it doesn’t work.
And yet do you see, how easy it is to slip into that them/us duality?
Because there are a lot of other civilizations and peoples and histories and religions and political stances – and they all are better than this small core of deranged losers killing people as a form of throwing a tantrum.

My thoughts go to the victims and their families.

Author: Davide Mana

Paleontologist. By day, researcher, teacher and ecological statistics guru. By night, pulp fantasy author-publisher, translator and blogger. In the spare time, Orientalist Anonymous, guerilla cook.

4 thoughts on “Nice

  1. This kind of “ISIS inspired” attack is becoming more and more common, and low-tech/high-impact attacks are seriously chilling, because they are so hard to predict or interdict.


    • ISIS/DAESH is basicsally become a franchise or an open source sort of thing – any deranged loser out there can pick up a pret-a-porter “cause”, shoot the postman (or a few kids… my goodness) and think he’s part of something big…
      This makes it very scary.


  2. Davide it’s not selfish, it’s just human I think.
    My best friend was in Paris during the DAESH attacks and my priority was to know that her was ok and safe. Again, I think it was just human.
    And the right thing to do 🙂

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