England and the world are still somewhat in shock after the senseless loss of life at a pop concert on Monday night. There were twenty-two killed and fifty-nine wounded at last count after the suicide bomber walked into a concert and set off a homemade explosive filled with shrapnel. The event caused an immediate outcry, not against the terrorist, but against the people who said that the bomber was a terrorist.
Despite the fact that ISIS claimed responsibility for the action almost immediately, those who assumed that the overly recognizable MO was that of a terrorist were called racist and bigots. Those who proposed a solution to keep this kind of atrocity from happening again were outright shut down as being unreasonable elitist with the hated profiling tendencies.
All of that squabbling and fighting notwithstanding, Queen Elizabeth has kept her mind on what she can do now; comfort those who survived, but are in pain. She took the time to go visit those affected and lend whatever comfort she could. She also took the time to thank the hospital staff and first responders that have taken such great care of those wounded. While the Monarch isn’t able to lend any physical help to the hurting, her attempt to reach out and lift spirits is no doubt touching and greatly appreciated.
Via Daily Mail:
“The Queen condemned the ‘very wicked’ Manchester terror attack as she visited young survivors during a visit to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital today.
The monarch, 91, spent time speaking to Millie Robson, 15, Evie Mills, 14, and Amy Barlow, 12, who were among the the 12 children rushed to the hospital in the aftermath of Monday night’s atrocity.
Speaking to Evie, a schoolgirl from Harrogate, Yorkshire, on the hospital ward, the Queen said: ‘It’s dreadful. Very wicked. To target that sort of thing.’
She also thanked hospital staff and paramedics who worked tirelessly to keep the children alive in the hours after the tragedy, and told them of her shock, saying: ‘The awful thing was that everyone was so young.'”
Shaking hands with heroes: The Queen thanked some of the paramedics and staff at Royal Manchester’s Children’s Hospital who worked tirelessly to help the youngsters injured in Monday’s attack. Five remain in critical care at the hospital
Fourteen children remain at the hospital, including five in critical care. A total of 75 people were admitted to eight hospitals following the attack at Manchester Arena.
An eight-year-old girl was among those killed when Salman Abedi, 22, detonated an improvised explosive device minutes after pop star Ariana Grande finished performing at the venue on Monday night.
Over more than 60 years, the Queen has stepped in to provide comfort for the victims of conflict, disasters and terror attacks. From servicemen injured in the Second World War to the victims of the 7/7 bombing, the Queen has often visited hospitals in the aftermath of tragedy to show solidarity with her subjects in their hour of need.
Today was no exception as the monarch reassured the young victims and their families, and shared in their horror as they recounted their stories of how they escaped the blast alive.
Millie Robson, from Co Durham, who was wearing an Ariana Grande concert t-shirt in her hospital bed, told the Queen how she had met the pop star backstage before the event after winning VIP passes in a competition.
She was on her way to meet her father, David, at the arena exit when the bomb was detonated. Addressing David, the Queen said: ‘It’s not something you expect at all’ and described the atrocity as ‘very alarming’.”
I’d say that describing the evens in Manchester as “very alarming” would be a great example of that English understatement. What happened was a gross misuse of a freedom extended to a person who’s respect for human life was outdistanced by his belief in a bloodthirsty god who’s reward system for killing resembles a sadistic door prize of human toys. Of course it’s always best to look on the bright side if you’re someone who’s had something tragic happen to you, however it’s up to the rest of us to see this for what it is; a targeted attack on those who would foster freedom, free thought and any religion other than the one that incites violence.
Hopefully seeing these beautiful children maimed will make it even more evident to the Queen that she should put her crown behind making sure this never happens again.
(Source: Daily Mail)
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