Over the last year or so I have made a habit of changing my social media profile pictures in response to various terrorist attacks. In the wake of yesterday’s most likely Daesh attack on Istanbul’s Atatürk international airport, however, I am not about to, even if I indeed made one, for illustrative purposes:
Which is not to say that I do not condemn the atrocity and don’t feel sympathy for the Turkish people (and the scores of foreign tourists affected), I most certainly do, but find myself utterly unable to endow my profile picture with the flag of the rogue regime I’m equally unable to endorse.
If there’d been another way, I’d probably take it.
With that matter out of the way, I do sympathise with the Turks, and consider last night’s massacre an attack on us all, which I condemn strongly, albeit without making use of the Turkish authorities’ flag – except, of course, in this blog post.
In spite of last night’s events I take solace in the so-called Islamic State’s continued retreat on all fronts, which is, of course, going to inspire one spontaneous and uncontrolled counterpunch after the other, resulting in the organisation’s ultimate and swift demise.