Editorial

On this one President Trump is correct

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

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Even United States President Donald Trump's harshest critics would agree with his call on Muslim nations to move hard against extremists. For what we are seeing from these people who use Islam as a shield to commit mass murder and unleash mayhem across the world is totally unacceptable and most despicable.The latest act of senseless brutality was committed in Manchester, England, Monday night, during a concert attended mostly by teenagers. A man, we are told, set off a home-made bomb in the foyer of the Manchester Arena killing at least 22 people — among them an eight-year-old girl — and injuring 60.

Twelve of the injured, we have since learnt, are children under the age of 16.

International media reports say that the so-called Islamic State (IS) has claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing which British Prime Minister Theresa May has correctly described as a “sickening” act.

If indeed these terrorists feel justified that they are striking back against past misdeeds of Western countries, including the US, how does one justify the killing of innocent civilians?

There is no doubt that the world has been shocked by the savagery of IS which, we must note, has been condemned by true Muslims who preach peace and dialogue, rather than violence, to settle differences.

That was something that President Trump chose to ignore when he was campaigning for office. However, as part of his learning curve, he now seems to be more appreciative of the complexity of the issue.

On Sunday, in an address to leaders across the Muslim world at a meeting in Saudi Arabia, he called on them to help rid their countries, and indeed the world, of these merchants of death.

“Drive them out of your places of worship. Drive them out of your communities. Drive them out of your holy land. And drive them out of this Earth,” President Trump appealed.

He rejected the notion that the fight against terrorism was a struggle between religions, and urged the Muslim leaders to increase their efforts to combat what he described as a “wicked ideology”, and purge the “foot soldiers of evil” from their countries.

“This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different civilisations,” the US president said. “This is a battle between barbaric criminals who seek to obliterate human life and decent people, all in the name of religion; people that want to protect life and want to protect their religion. This is a battle between good and evil.”

He is, of course, correct, and our hope is that his appeal will not only find favour with the leaders to whom he spoke, but result in action against individuals who believe that bloodshed and savagery will somehow result in them achieving whatever it is they desire.

Slaughtering children and innocent people, including the elderly, is not something that Muslims would do. It's the behaviour of monsters. The international community must not yield to these demented people.

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