"An eye for an eye will only make the whole world blind." ― Mahatma GandhiI
I bear no ill will towards Lee Rigby, I deeply regret his death and offer my sincere sympathy and condolences to his loved ones who have been overwhelmed by these shattering events. I cannot however in all conscience support the idea of a state funeral, this would be subjected to the danger of being high jacked and exploited by those who are motivated by racial hatred in an attempt to target all Muslims. I believe that all victims of conflict should be treated with dignity and this I feel would be more like a jingoistic circus than an occasion of respect and it would at the end of the day make matters worse. It is unpalatable but undoubtedly true that had this young murder victim been an innocent young British Muslim the idea of a state funeral would have been regarded as absurd.
We now have the obscene sight of the British gutter press stirring up hatred and displaying the worst kind of insidious racist bigotry in an attempt to whip up a storm of anti black, anti Muslim hatred. And now in a quite grotesque display of sickening double standards, once the seeds of reprisal and violence have been sown by them, they piously denounce those hate filled lumpen morons who are attacking minorities and setting fire to Mosques, the British news media needs a giant enema.
Don't fall for Press lies, look behind their reactionary hate filled agenda and malignant chauvinism. Depend upon it, savagery on the streets and the burning of places of worship will only lead one way, that is to more deaths and more hatred, make no mistake; there are serious malcontents among us who would welcome that.
I have further reservations about state funerals in general but right now is not the time or place to air them.