Manch­ester bomb­ing has stunned us all

Rutherglen Reformer - - News - Dou­glas Dickie

Nor­mally I use my editor’s note to high­light lo­cal is­sues that ap­pear in the pa­per.

But this week I am mak­ing no apol­ogy for com­ment­ing on the hor­rific ter­ror­ist at­tack in Manch­ester.

I am sure I speak for ev­ery­one in Ruther­glen, Cam­bus­lang and the sur­round­ing ar­eas when I say our thoughts and sym­pa­thies are with those af­fected by the bomb­ing.

When I awoke to the news on Tues­day morn­ing I could not quite be­lieve what I was see­ing.

Upon reading it had been an Ari­ana Grande con­cert it be­came clear many of the vic­tims would be young girls and teenagers who had their whole lives ahead of them.

What had th­ese innocents done to de­serve such a bru­tal at­tack? What sort of warped, depraved mind could pos­si­bly find of­fence in chil­dren en­joy­ing a night of mu­sic? Some of them went to en­joy what would have been the great­est night of their lives. They will never re­turn.

Who­ever is re­spon­si­ble for this was pure evil and any­one who helped them should feel the full force of jus­tice.

Some will seek to find blame where none should lie, but it is im­por­tant to bear in mind that the vile crea­ture re­spon­si­ble had a choice and they chose to go to the con­cert and take the lives of at least 22 in­no­cent peo­ple.

Given Manch­ester’s rep­u­ta­tion for pro­duc­ing great mu­sic, it is ad­di­tion­ally poignant that this hap­pened at a gig.

We must en­sure th­ese con­certs con­tinue and that we show those who would seek to de­stroy us that they will not suc­ceed.

Our mu­sic will be around long af­ter their bar­baric ide­ol­ogy is just dust in the wind.

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