We need to root this out

Indiscriminate shootings and suicide bombings have no place in our society.

The indiscriminate mass murders of innocent people in Paris and Beirut have repulsed people across the world.

I’ve seen messages on the Avaaz website in English, French, German, Italian and Spanish as well as in other script that I was unable to decipher.

I wish to convey my best wishes to the injured who are suffering.

My sympathy to their partners and families who may need to care for some newly disabled and highly traumatised loved ones should they survive.  

My condolences to the partners, families and friends of the deceased.  

May those close to you rest in peace.

These bombings follow a sequence of other tragedies: the twin towers in New York, the slaughter of wedding guests in an Amman hotel, the horrendous underground suicide bombings of London commuters, the explosion of a Russian aircraft over the Sinai Peninsula carrying 224 tourists returning from a holiday, the numerous suicide bombs 
detonated in Baghdad and Kabul. During the 2014 elections to the European Parliament, Labour candidate and Brighton resident Del Singh was shot dead whilst eating dinner in a Kabul restaurant.

He’d been visiting Afghanistan in connection with his day job as a development consultant.

Just weeks before, I’d been having a face to face conversation with him at a Labour Party event in Brighton.

He’d given me the impression of being a sensitive and caring person.  

I endorse the sentiments of former United States Secretary of State and presidential candidate Hillary Clinton: “We are not at war with Islam; we are at war with violent extremism.

“Our prayers are with the people of France tonight, but that is not enough.  

“We need to have a resolve that will bring the world together to root out the kind of radical jihadist ideology that motivates organizations like ISIS, a barbaric, ruthless, violent jihadist terrorist group.”

In this context, the condemnation of the world’s largest economies at the G20 summit on Sunday, November 15, was appropriate.

Many of us could be in the wrong place at the wrong time and become a future casualty.

In the short term, we need to condole.

In the medium term, we need to root this out.

Paul Courtel

Amherst Road


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