The last year has seen a marked increase in the number of deaths caused by terrorism in Western Europe. The last spike was in 2004, when the commuter network in Spain was attacked which resulted in Spain withdrawing from the coalition invading Iraq and Afghanistan. Since the end of World War II, Europe has had a fair share of terrorist attacks. Between 1970 and 1994 terrorist attacks in Europe were more commonplace. Organisations such as the Provisional Irish Republican Army (PIRA) to Spain’s Basque separatists and other extremist political groups would regularly conduct attacks, resulting in numerous deaths and injuries; some carefully targeted, others more opportunistic. The one thing they had in common was that the ‘terrorist’ would try to remain undiscovered and definitely more alive.
However, now there is one striking difference. The current threat posed by Islamic extremism, be it Al-Qaeda (AQ) or the self styled Islamic State (ISIS) has added a new dimension to terrorism within Europe. One that may have significant consequences to the relative peace that has endured for so long.
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How do you start a personal series of events when you are not a ‘sharing’ kind of person? How do you be frank and honest for the first time in your life when you’ve always hidden behind a mask, a facade? I’ve never allowed myself to get close to many people, having lived my life in semi-isolation from the majority of society as did many of my colleagues. The work I did defined me and my outlook on life. I did not share personal details. Period.
That was then and this is now. My life has changed to such a degree that trying to pretend that the way I lived my life before my injury is the way to continue is folly. I’m not the person I was seven years ago and whatever dangers that I believed existed have paled into insignificance compared to what I now face daily. I’ve decided that the personal me needs to explain some things because of something I have decided to do. An undertaking and an obligation. So the best place is to start not at the beginning but somewhere near the end; the last few weeks before I lost all sensation in the lower half of my body.
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Why a different website? I wanted to have a website with unrestricted space and no adverts. It still uses WordPress and you can still log in with your WordPress account, it’s just hosted by me so that I have full control over it. Nothing else.