posted on Aug, 12 2012 @ 07:03 AM
You know, if I was a terrorist or a member of the elite masturbating in front of a mirror whilst reclining on a bed of £50 notes, I'm not sure what
I'd have to gain from bombing the Olympics.
Yes, I can buy into symbolism, magickal acts and the like (part of my academic background is semiotics rather than 'skepticism') but there's a
problem with this. Anyone can read anything into anything. Yes, with research you can be informed and be aware of things that other people won't be
or recognise a symbol that others won't (or rather recognise a specific interpretation of something), but you're also more likely to looking for
things that might not be there in the first place. What's the Mark Twain quote about hammers and nails?
The problem with magickal acts is that you can make practically anything 'magickal'. In it's simplest of terms, just create a sigil and charge it.
There's no mystery to it. The crappy Wenlock and Mandeville mascots, the Union Flag, the #ty 2012 logo: they could all be sigils being charged with
the emotions of the masses. But then again, so could tube maps, coca-cola logos and water marked logo on internet porn could also be magickal in
exactly the same way. My avatar at ATS could similarly be one. The stuff I've posted in the past that has really pissed-off various ATS demographics
could be charging my little artwork with anger and frustration &c.
An elite or PTB doesn't needan opportunity like the Olympics to create and use symbolism. They own everything and everyone. It's not like
they needa special occasion to do it. Let's be honest, the world situation was pretty much buggered back in 2008. There's very few people on
here that believe whatever is happening in the world right now is a new thing that suddenly needs addressing in some way. People here believe it's
aliens in early history, that it's all the fault of the British hundreds of years ago, or some purposely evil intent in the founding of America and
so on. Why now? Why not the last Olympics? Why not the last American one (after all, America is the centre of the universe, right?)
An elite can build their symbolism anywhere they want and have probably done so. If it does exist, then it's in everything, everywhere and it always
has been - not just some over-hyped sports day for rich people. Also, any elite actually probably like London and all that symbolism, the in-jokes in
the architecture, the careful zoo-management of millions of people in London over the last however many years would be frightful waste. The rich and
the powerful love tradition and history, more so when it's a kind of 'status' to show who they are and what they own. Ruining a London they own in
a far more tangible way than the people living in it doesn't really make sense (even accounting for magickal acts and the like). Why destroy their
own wealth and the people/insects they need to create even more wealth for them?
Also, if it's not an elite, and not just 'run of the mill' terrorists, if I was a terrorist I'm not sure why I'd bother with the Olympics at all.
Obviously, I'm not saying I am a terrorist, although if I was a terrorist I'd probably say I wasn't a terrorist because that's the kind of thing a
terrorist would say so people wouldn't think he was a terrorist*. Bombing the Olympics is counter-productive and unnecessary. Yes, I appreciate the
need for 'statements' but you can create a pretty big statement far, far away from the watchful eyes focusing on the Olympics. Home grown British
terrorists like the IRA* didn't just go for the bigger prize of London: some of the most shocking and 'symbolic' bombings were in places like
Manchester and Birmingham. They even went for 'gold' in Brighton rather than in London.
Whilst all the extra police and army are in London, it means there are no longer elsewhere: massive holes in security in many British towns and cities
at the moment. London's actually quieter than it usually is during the summer at the moment (tourism is up in Paris and Berlin too), which means lots
of people in other places.
*for all Stewart Lee fans