Fear must not rule us

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THE sav­age killing of Bri­tish back­packer Mia Ayliffe-Chung and se­ri­ous in­juries in­flicted on a man in the same Queens­land hos­tel are ut­terly tragic crimes.

It is heart­break­ing to see photos of Mia smil­ing in the re­cent past and to read of her achieve­ments and dreams. She had so much to of­fer this world and the thoughts of many will be with a griev­ing fam­ily and friends.

The al­leged killer from France sup­pos­edly shout­ing “Al­lahu Ak­bar” adds to the mis­ery when so many have lost their lives to re­li­gious fa­nat­ics.

Such ran­dom at­tacks on young­sters un­der­stand­ably cause huge con­cern for par­ents, wor­ry­ing for the safety of their own chil­dren.

The truth is, these atroc­i­ties re­main ex­tremely rare, although we ac­cept that will be of lit­tle com­fort to Mia’s near­est and dear­est.

Ter­ror­ists tri­umph when we are cowed. Bri­tain is a wel­com­ing coun­try and the world wel­comes Bri­tons, so we hope the tragedy in Australia doesn’t de­ter our young trav­el­ling far and wide.

Most peo­ple, of all faiths and none, in coun­tries across the globe, are de­cent and peacelov­ing. We must never lose sight of that.

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