New Zealand PM’s handling of Auckland attack commendable - M.M. Zuhair, PC | Daily News

New Zealand PM’s handling of Auckland attack commendable - M.M. Zuhair, PC

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking to the media at a press conference after the Auckland supermarket terror attack on September 3.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern speaking to the media at a press conference after the Auckland supermarket terror attack on September 3.

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Arden’s handling of the Auckland attack needs to be commended even while we condemn the attack, former MP M.M. Zuhair, PC said in a media statement.

“Following the widely condemned despicable knife attack on innocent shoppers at the Auckland mall in New Zealand on 3rd September, Kiwi Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s empathetic but emphatic speech, “It was carried out by an individual; not a faith, not a culture, not an ethnicity. But an individual gripped by an ideology not supported here by anyone or any community” went viral particularly amongst Muslims worldwide!

“What is significant in Ardern’s timely and precise response was that she did identify the attacker of Sri Lanka origin as a single stand-alone individual, thereby instantly separating the alleged IS inspired attacker from the rest of his faith, culture and ethnicity and in effect from his countrymen of origin. She paved the way for persons of the attacker’s faith as well to unite and fight the common enemy, real “terrorism”.

“New Zealand’s strategy is bound to succeed in preventing greater radicalisation or widening resistance amongst those who feel victimized by the globalized unceasing wars, converting millions of otherwise normal people into refugees and then to modern day ‘slavery’ for the refugees’ survival.

“In the absence of an objective strategic vision to isolate the terrorist from the rest of his kith, kin and compatriots in faith; ‘resistance, violent resistance and terrorism’ are bound to multiply in an unmanageable vicious cycle. That is a lesson Sri Lanka needs to learn from Arden’s handling of two major blows to peace and harmony that New Zealand went through on March 15, 2019 at Christ Church and on September 3, 2021 at Auckland.

“The family has said, in a statement issued, that the Auckland attacker was wrong in what he did, expressed sorrow for the victims but that he has had a long spell of mental health problems. The family is sad that he could not be saved. It is noteworthy that a witness to the attack in the mall had said the attacker was “running around like a lunatic”. It is for the authorities in New Zealand to examine whether the attacker was indeed a ‘terrorist’ or a ‘lunatic’. Lunatics are excusable but not terrorists,” the former MP said.


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