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Tassos Symeonides
(RIEAS Academic Advisor)

Copyright: Research Institute for European and American Studies (www.rieas.gr) Publication date: 31 March 2019

Note: The article reflects the opinion of the author and not necessarily the views of the Research Institute for European and American Studies (RIEAS).

The horrific New Zealand mosque attack was yet another terrible escalation of international terrorism. What are we to expect in the wake of Christchurch?

The overwhelming revulsion at the death of so many innocent victims inevitably overshadowed a significant fact associated with this latest outrage: in view of the steady escalation of Islamist terrorist violence in recent years, it is not so much a surprise that Christchurch did happen but, rather, why such a barbarity took so long to occur in a global system where tit-for-tat and unbridled religious-induced violence have become the daily norms. Only those who ignore reality were unprepared for an attack like Christchurch. We can only speculate about the reasons behind this terrorist “time lapse” but the worrisome fact now is what to expect next. Islamist terrorism knows no bounds in its barbarity, brutality and appalling rejection of the sanctity of human life. It is only “rational” that as we speak Islamic “avengers” are planning an equally, or even worse, counterstroke against the infidels in the Christian world. Read more


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