Manchester May 2017

I woke to read further of the events at the Manchester Arena. There is the usual posturing on-line from the usual sources.  The General Election campaigns are suspended, as if this helped anyone.

Many families are badly affected by the events of last night and there is no condoning deliberate murder. My thoughts are with the victims. Having said that, some of the comments I have seen online about #Manchester are disgusting.  This includes US commentators seeming to claim that the UK has been weak in letting in immigrants, and calls are out there to deport all Muslims and to close mosques. Leaving aside the disgusting and racist nature of such thinking, it solves nothing and is based on prejudice, not evidence. The event of last night is NOT the result of immigration, nor of “appeasing” anyone. More likely it was motivated (at least in part) by the inflaming of the world with illegal and useless wars. Wars of vengeance recruit more radical terrorists. We ought to be learning not rushing to condemn. Meanwhile, the actions of many Muslims and others of minority ethnic groups have been inspiring, as has the response of the city generally. Free taxi services, people opening their homes to those stranded, hotels coming into help and so on are more balanced than screeches of outrage. The suggestion that Europe is not safe is a nonsense. We live in a World where terrorism is a fact. Last night is was Manchester, next time it might be Moscow or Washington. What we need to do is understand and solve the causes that motivate such crimes. Describing the perpetrator as a “loser” seems singularly unhelpful. It may well be the person concerned saw himself as a hero. This was a criminal act, like mass shootings or other

The event of last night is NOT the result of immigration, nor of “appeasing” anyone. More likely it was motivated (at least in part) by the inflaming of the world with illegal and useless wars. Wars of vengeance recruit more radical terrorists. We ought to be learning not rushing to condemn. Meanwhile, the actions of many Muslims and others of minority ethnic groups have been inspiring, as has the response of the city generally. Free taxi services, people opening their homes to those stranded, hotels coming into help and so on are more balanced than screeches of outrage. The suggestion that Europe is not safe is a nonsense. We live in a World where terrorism is a fact. Last night is was Manchester, next time it might be Moscow or Washington. What we need to do is understand and solve the causes that motivate such crimes. Describing the perpetrator as a “loser” seems singularly unhelpful. It may well be the person concerned saw himself as a hero. This was a criminal act, like mass shootings or other

Meanwhile, the actions of many Muslims and others of minority ethnic groups have been inspiring, as has the response of the city generally. Free taxi services, people opening their homes to those stranded, hotels coming into help and so on are more balanced than screeches of outrage. The suggestion that Europe is not safe is a nonsense. We live in a World where terrorism is a fact. Last night is was Manchester, next time it might be Moscow or Washington. What we need to do is understand and solve the causes that motivate such crimes. Describing the perpetrator as a “loser” seems singularly unhelpful. It may well be the person concerned saw himself as a hero. This was a criminal act, like mass shootings or other events. At the time of writing we do not know much more, but it may well be a lone individual.

The suggestion that Europe is not safe is a nonsense. We live in a World where terrorism is a fact. Last night is was Manchester, next time it might be Moscow or Washington. What we need to do is understand and solve the causes that motivate such crimes. Describing the perpetrator as a “loser” (as Trump has done)  seems singularly unhelpful. It may well be the person concerned saw himself as a hero. This was a criminal act, like mass shootings or other

We ought to be learning not rushing to condemn.   Meanwhile, the actions of many Muslims and others of minority ethnic groups have been inspiring, as has the response of the city generally. Free taxi services, people opening their homes to those stranded, hotels coming into help and so on are more balanced than screeches of outrage.As ever tragedy brings out the best as well as the worst in people.

The suggestion that Europe is not safe is a nonsense. We live in a World where terrorism is a fact. Last night is was Manchester, next time it might be Moscow or Washington. What we need to do is understand and solve the causes that motivate such crimes. It is a fairly safe wager that terrorists want to polarise societies and divide. Describing the perpetrator as a “loser” seems singularly unhelpful. It may well be the person concerned saw himself as a hero. This was a criminal act, like mass shootings or other multiple  murders. It needs seeing as that. It is important we all keep a sense of perspective and deal with things rationally. The values we hold- of liberty and freedom of expresssion, of an open society, need upholding. Rushing to premature judgement solves nothing.

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