Sunday Tasmanian - - News -

THE re­cent sui­cide bomb­ing in Manch­ester that killed 22 peo­ple and wounded a fur­ther 60 is ap­palling in its tar­get­ing of in­no­cent young peo­ple who ven­tured out to en­joy a con­cert.

Noth­ing can jus­tify the tak­ing of the lives of chil­dren as young as eight to ad­vance a spu­ri­ous “cause’’ that in no way re­sem­bles the key tenets of Is­lam.

It is be­yond com­pre­hen­sion to imag­ine that any­one would man­u­fac­ture and det­o­nate a bomb with the sole aim of in­flict­ing the max­i­mum amount of harm on any group of peo­ple.

By far the most ef­fec­tive way to beat ter­ror­ism is to build strong com­mu­ni­ties where peo­ple reach out and sup­port one an­other. Iron­i­cally this is the very thing that the lat­est ter­ror­ist act is achiev­ing, where peo­ple are ral­ly­ing around and as­sist­ing all who have been af­fected by the dread­ful atroc­ity.

Clearly those who are mourn­ing the death of loved ones are be­ing com­forted by the love and care of “Manches­tri­ans” who are also reach­ing out to as­sist the wounded.

Ter­ror­ism is an evil that will al­ways be out­weighed by the ba­sic good­ness that re­sides in most of hu­man­ity.

Ed­ward Sian­ski West Moonah

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