It’s true that we don’t run about waving Kalashnikovs but neither do the planners and enablers who put the gunmen into our cities. Sadly, they are all too like us; they sit in quiet rooms coolly discussing the life and gruesome death of innocent people. On the day when the government announced that more money would be made available to destroy the evil regime that targeted folk out having fun at the end of the working week, a quiet announcement was made condemning hundreds of British women to death.
NICE have decided that an early death is the only option for women and girls that have a form of breast cancer. We are civilised so the death sentence is accompanied not by a black cap covering a judicial wig but by a helpless shrug. The members of the committee, many of them honoured by the Queen, cannot recommend the expenditure of the money for a proved and effective treatment.
Ah well - I can hear you say it - that’s different. We can’t forever put money into keeping people alive. The NHS already costs a fortune. Of course, our hearts go out to the women and their families but we have our own troubles. We could do with more being spent on A&E or stomach banding.
The other way to look at it is that only 129 people lost their lives in Paris, about the same number killed on the capital’s roads since the first terror attack in January. Of course, our hearts go out to the victims and their families but we have our own troubles. We could do with more welfare spending to stop the suicides by people in despair over government cuts. We’re not like terrorists, of course, since we quietly take our own lives rather than using a suicide belt to take others with us.
The air strikes on IS are a lot like waving your hands about frantically when you are attacked by a swarm of bees: you’ll still get stung and the swarm will move away when it chooses. Bomb them out of Syria and they’ll turn up in another country where there is dissatisfaction with the government.
In the meantime there are still hundreds of women, sick through no fault of their own, that have been moved onto Death Row. The cost of opposing IS might well be enough to add cancer to polio, diphtheria and the Black Death as historical threats to human life now contained and controlled by advances in medicine.
The good news is that you can bribe your way out of the Condemned Cell if you have £90,000 to spare.