Need to stick together
Quiet restaurants, popular bars, a rock concert and a football stadium.
All places frequented by people like us in cities right across Europe on any typical weekend and now a target for the death cult that is Islamic State.
Anyone who questions the need for the destruction of these killers must surely have had their doubts dispelled by the Paris murders.
Yet bombing in anger will not be enough if we want a successful resolution.
We need political settlements, not just in Syria, Iraq and Palestine, but stability in countries such as Libya too.
ISIS and their Wahabi-funded hate preachers despise us because we are democratic, support equality and diversity and practice open systems of justice.
They despise those Muslims who aspire to successful integration into European societies, making a contribution and enriching the communities in which they live.
They also attack and kill other Muslims across the Arab world. They want to drag us down to their level of hatred, division and prejudice and away from the humanity that makes us better than them.
It’s very tempting to look for scapegoats when we are angry and scared.
Labelling all Muslims or refugees as terrorists because of the jihadis is as futile and wrong as condemning all Catholics as paedophiles because of the actions of a minority of priests.
There will be further terrorist provocations against our cities and our citizens which we all have a responsibility to counter.
Europe has to stick together since the democratic values that the fundamentalists hate in our societies are the very things that bind us together and are worth standing up for.
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Time to take the gloves off
There have been times when world powers, some of them arch enemies, have acted in unison to address a situation which threatens to destroy civilisation.
The Second World War was an example when the free world and communist Russia joined forces to successfully destroy Hitler’s Nazi Germany.
The world once more faces a similar situation with the rise of militant Islam.
Unfortunately the present methods deployed to destroy the enemy are uncoordinated on an international level.
What is required is to bury national political differences and co-ordinate a common military plan to once and for all defeat the common enemy.
Yes, it will require “boots on the ground”. Yes, troops and innocent people will suffer and die. Unfortunately that is the price for freedom.
We cannot go on accepting the unacceptable slaughter of innocent people going about their daily lives.
The world has defeated savagery before. It’s time to do it again. Take the gloves off.
Bernard Darbyshire via email
We all get junk mail and then we get the odd letter we really want, like a bank statement plus. A bank statement plus is an extra page of something that the bank says we should have, and my letter was no exception.
The extra page was information from the Financial Services. Shame the print was so small I could not read it. It may have been important. Oh well, not to worry!
I have written to my MP in the past about really small print on what could be very important letters, but nothing ever gets done.