Tasmanian Times

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

The individual has always had to struggle to keep from being overwhelmed by the tribe. If you try it, you will be lonely often, and sometimes frightened. No price is too high for the privilege of owning yourself. ~ Friedrich Nietzsche

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‘It wasn’t a forced we need to go, rather a heartfelt other-worldly plea … ‘

Promenade des Anglais, Bastille Day 2016 …

Promenade des Anglais in Nice post attack. Jazz festival cancelled, people in shock. Viva la France!

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That empty feeling …

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Promenade des Anglais in Nice today post attack. Jazz festival cancelled, people in shock. Viva la France!

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Promenade des Anglais in Nice today post attack. Jazz festival cancelled, people in shock. Viva la France!

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Promenade des Anglais in Nice today post attack. Jazz festival cancelled, people in shock. Viva la France!

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Promenade des Anglais in Nice today post attack. Jazz festival cancelled, people in shock. Viva la France!

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Promenade des Anglais in Nice today post attack. Jazz festival cancelled, people in shock. Viva la France!

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Aerial scene of the attack … Promenade des Anglais in Nice …

From Amanda Sully’s Facebook page: ‘Long live Liberty, Equality & Fraternity’ …

Hobart’s Amanda Sully was in Nice at the time of this appalling attack which has left so many dead. They were on the boulevard when son Elliott, 13, sensed they should leave. They did. Partner Geoff Law was climbing in the Alps … Her mum was in Milan. • Amanda says … (on Facebook) …

• Amanda says … (on Facebook) …

Thanks to Elliott’s prescience, we left just before the end of Bastille Day fireworks display on Nice waterfront tonight. Missed attack right where we were standing by a few minutes and now in our little apartment with non stop sirens going off… Thinking of all the lovely people in the crowd near us hurt tonight and one of the killers still on the loose with Nice in lock down.

A FEW HOURS later …

Yes, Elliott saved our lives last night. It wasn’t a forced we need to go, rather a heartfelt other worldly plea …

Walking around Nice today were so many disturbing sights. Not least the angry young men in “FCK ISIS” T Shirts furiously looking at and yelling abuse to Muslim people. I understand their anger, you are always on the look out for the next attack, but the blanket judgement’s are almost as terrifying. Every one is on edge. Fighter jets overhead every 10 minutes (ridiculous show of ineffectual power), navy destroyers just off the beach and army and gendarmes on streets. Needless to say ‘Massive Attack’ concert in Nice which I had tickets to has been cancelled. One lesson learned – always listen to children’s fears and intuition.

RODNEY CROOME on Facebook …

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Seven weeks ago Rafael and I watched the moon rise from the Promenade des Anglais. We experienced Nice as a beautiful, creative, friendly, vivacious multi-cultural city. Those qualities will defy hate and heal the most terrible wounds.

SHIRLEY APTHORP on Facebook …

I’m in Nice, and Facebook wants me to mark myself as safe. “Are you OK?”, Facebook asks. Are any of us? I am just passing by; it doesn’t feel right to claim any personal part in a tragedy that must feel all too close to those affected. So much out there is not OK.

*Lindsay Tuffin has been a journo since 1969, mainly in Tassie …

SMH: Nice attack: Up to 80 dead as truck ploughs into crowd

Guardian: Bastille Day truck attack: French president denounces ‘monstrous’ killing of 80 people – live updates

MEANWHILE … Perhaps (and life is complex and the perpetrator seems to have been an unhinged violent nutter) it all began with George W, Tony Blair and John Howard’s INVASION of Iraq … Certainly Tassie’s Andrew Wilkie wants Australia to have its own Chilcot Inquiry …

The Saturday Paper: Andrew Wilkie and the Chilcot inquiry … Late that year, Wilkie decided to betray his government. The more intelligence he saw, the more he realised that the strategic, legal and moral basis for invading Iraq was dubious. A pivotal moment was his preparation of a report on the possible humanitarian consequences of an invasion. This was positioned against humanitarian – and strategic – advantages. Hussein was, by any measure, a capricious and murderous thug who had committed genocide against the Kurds in northern Iraq. But to Wilkie, the calculus seemed clear: the consequences would grimly eclipse any benefit. The whole venture appeared doomed. And yet Wilkie felt none of this was slowing the path to war.

For leaking against the government, Andrew Wilkie received death threats and lost friends. “I’d do it all again,” he tells me. “Even if I hadn’t won the argument, I’d do it again. The decision I made at the time was correct.”

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Peter Bright

    July 19, 2016 at 12:51 am

  2. Hans Willink

    July 15, 2016 at 7:31 pm

    The NT news cover on the Nice massacre is revealing and has attracted criticism for being disrespectful. Why not have it at page 1, like everyone else, instead of at pages 16-17?

    http://media.fyre.co/pu1qadOJTcyMIKM8hT0H_ntnews.JPG

    I don’t think that they are being disrespectful at all. In fact, if mainstream media followed their example and didn’t instantly relay these terrible incidents onto page one of their newspapers and into Western living rooms around the world within minutes, they would starve terrorist organisations of the very oxygen they need to grow, publicity.

    Also of note is the media’s automatic presumption that the Nice murderer was either an ISIL terrorist or an ISIL inspired lone wolf, presumably because he had the name “Mohammad” and came from a predominantly Islamic country, Tunusia. Such a presumption is equivalent to presuming that Martin Bryant was a member of the Ku Klux Klan because Martin is “Christian” name and Australia is a predominantly Christian country. The most recent news from Nice would suggest he wasn’t very Islamic at all, drinking alcohol, eating pork, a mosque non attender who did not follow Islamic customs, including Ramadan.

    Perhaps the Nice murderer more like Martin Bryant than we care to think, more a deranged psychopath intent in going out in a blaze of glory than an ISIL terrorist on a Jihadist mission.

  3. Mike Bolan

    July 14, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    When will our governments understand that it is impossible to guarantee security today?

    There are so many ways of killing or maiming people, so many tools and opportunities to create mayhem, so many new technologies and ideas to hurt and diminish, that the only safe way forward will be to create a peaceful world.

    Stop blowing up people overseas, killing groups with drones and generally acting like thugs and bully boys – that may be the only way to stop the killing – by no longer making people hate us.

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