Wednesday 24th May

What can I say that hasn’t already been said, or that doesn’t sound trite.  At times like these words can seem inadequate.  I have never visited Manchester, though I do have a few friends from there, but it doesn’t make me feel any less hurt, any less outraged. And of course I have never heard of the young star whose concert was so disastrously ruined by this attack.

Strangely, last night I stupidly got involved in one of those Facebook arguments with a couple of raving anti-Islamists.  I should have stopped, but the very inanity of their ‘global domination of Islam’ arguments angered me and I kept responding.  Needless to say when I woke this morning (Monday) to the news of Manchester, my Facebook was full of their even stupider comments.

Now, this is where cool heads are required.  While deploring the person(s) who committed this atrocity and the perverted ideaology they espouse we must not blame a whole Religion for this.  I have worked with a few Muslims, and each one of them equally deplore and are horrified at these attacks.  They are peace-loving people who only want to live their lives quietly and bring up their children just the same as the rest of us.

And all the condemnation in the World will not solve the problem.  All the hand-wringing will not stop this.  Unfortunately, the perception in most Muslim countries is that the West is engaged in a Crusade against their religion, and our involvement in Iraq and Libya has not helped.  Statements such as those uttered by Donald Trump on the campaign trail (despite what he says for the benefit of his Saudi friends) and Marine le Pen and now Paul Nuttall only fuel the flames of hatred – which is exactly what the Terrorists want.   Hold back the hate, and concentrate on hope for a better future.