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Jakarta Post

Families can counter terrorism

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Sat, March 16 2019   /  01:30 am

Shock over a suicide bombing on Wednesday in North Sumatra had barely dissipated when news broke over shootings at mosques during Friday prayers in the peaceful city of Christchurch, New Zealand. We join our neighbors in grieving for the devastating loss of lives in incidents in which so many were wounded, including two Indonesians.Extremism is a clear and present danger to civilization, easily fueling hatred and prompting individuals to kill others, as evident in the gun attacks at two mosques in Christchurch. The police identified one perpetrator as Australian-born Brenton Tarrant, who wrote a manifesto containing “white supremacist” propaganda prior to the carnage. We can neither tolerate such barbarism nor can we accept any intent of revenge, as it will only perpetuate a cycle of violence. As we strive to come to terms with the unprecedented attack in New Zealand, a recent incide...