Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

MAKE no mis­take, the world is at war. It is not an en­emy that can be recog­nised like in pre­vi­ous wars where there were uni­forms, bat­tle­fields and the en­emy was read­ily iden­ti­fi­able.

The en­emy now is a lone wolf ex­trem­ist with no ideals or a ter­ror­ist fight­ing un­der the ban­ner of Is­lam and quite of­ten not even a Mus­lim.

[These are] ter­ror­ists who cre­ate havoc in the name of the Mus­lim re­li­gion but are not fight­ing a re­li­gious war, more a war of de­stroy­ing ev­ery­thing that does not meet their own doc­trine. They move eas­ily across in­ter­na­tional bor­ders and have no scru­ples who they kill or in­jure.

Ter­ror at­tacks can hap­pen any­where in the world, at any time, with­out warn­ing and usu­ally against a place that is not of mil­i­tary sig­nif­i­cance, rather a gath­er­ing of in­no­cents, like the most re­cent bomb­ing at Manch­ester.

If these cow­ards are un­der the mis­con­cep­tion that their cow­ardly at­tacks will help them over­run the world with their ide­ol­ogy, they are very much mis­taken. The ef­fect is just the op­po­site, it makes the pop­u­la­tion more re­solved to stand up to ter­ror­ism and not be in­tim­i­dated by it.

The only way these ter­ror­ists can and will be beaten is for all the na­tions of the world, es­pe­cially the Mus­lim na­tions, to be steeled in their re­solve to erad­i­cate these fa­nat­ics.

Alan Leitch Austins Ferry

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