Readers blog: To prevent other Manchester attacks we must try and understand why

There is never, not now or ever before, any justification for what took place in Manchester.

Readers blog: To prevent other Manchester attacks we must try and understand why

The only action which can be taken is to understand why it happened and what can be done to prevent others from happening.

To achieve this, a combination of intense intelligence cooperation among the western world is required, as well as honest and careful consideration of the unbiased, historical narrative of this deep seeded ideological divide.

With regard to the latter, I believe it true that the role of Great Britain, the United States and other Western European powers such as France in contributing to the political destabilisation of the Middle East over the past century is little understood.

In particular, the role of US and UK foreign policy operations which played out in the region since the September 11th 2001 attacks should be more widely understood, no matter how difficult that may be.

More recently, the lack of meaningful attempts to find peace in the Syrian civil war conflict may have also fostered much resentment.

The requisite anger, disenfranchisement and outrage needed to carry out attacks such those in Manchester, is rooted in these sensitive issues.

And far from creating justification for them (for which there is none), we must address them, and attempt to cross into a new era, one where past indiscretions of both sides of this ideological conflict is better understood.

For me, this will inevitably involve a more globalist outlook when thinking about education curricula, one which represents honestly the plight of regions around the world other than merely our own.

In short, teaching second and third generation immigrant students in Britain the names of King Henry VIII wives during High School history lessons is of little relevance to the narrative of the world they find themselves in as a minority.

Such recognition of their ancestors’ role in global and British history may foster a greater sense of place, reducing the advent of home-grown attacks which have been a feature of the growing trend of terror these past few years.

When trying to put an end to this tragic cycle we must remember one essential adage: Violence begets violence. Drones, tanks and soldiers will not defeat an ideology, but rather solidify its resolve.

The most difficult reality to face in the wake of these attacks is that the only way to stop them prevailing and expanding into the future is through tireless and relentless efforts at peace.

To be successful, an acute understanding of unbiased - and often contradictory perspectives - of history is required.

Only then can we understand the root of this evil. Only then can we cut off the routes to this maniacal violence. It is, and will always be, the only option to bring lasting peace to all regions of the world.

Daniel Fallen Bailey


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