Standing Together in Silence

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The world woke up to another terrorist atrocity today, on Easter Sunday of all days. Hundreds of worshippers in churches in Sri Lanka were praying peacefully when an explosion devastated their holy sanctuaries. Many are dead and many more are injured. It’s not the first time and, sadly, it won’t be the last.

‘Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the Earth.’

These cowardly attacks come so soon after the New Zealand mosque killings. There appears to be no end in sight to needless killing and violence. And for what purpose? Political ideologies? Religious ideologies? We cannot always know the true motives of those involved but what we can do is to unanimously condemn those who seek to divide us. World leaders have done this today. Sadly, their spoken word is all too often where it ends.

If the UN, NATO and other such alliances all claim to be peacemakers then where is the globally co-ordinated action? Where’s the strategy? There appears to be a distinct lack of joined up thinking between governments of leading democracies.

It’s time for a new international treaty, one that creates a specialist task force with personnel from each participating country so that they can be quickly deployed to assist in the identification and neutralisation of threats.

Individual nations have their own way of dealing with atrocities. Most do so effectively but, together, we can be stronger in tackling the scourge of extremism.

Those who wage war on humanity have no place in our societies. Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the Earth. As for those who hate enough to murder and divide us, it’s time to up our game.

Today, we all stand with Sri Lanka, and rightly so. However, simply standing together in words, only to be followed through by inaction, is no longer enough.

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