“Abedi killed 22 people and injured 119 when he detonated a bomb after the Ariana Grande concert this week”
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It was devastating, it was a shock, it was a wake-up call. That is how i would describe this tragedy. This event shows us that an attack can happen anytime, anywhere, if we weren’t already aware of that. At a concert, we let our guards down as we dance to the music and sing along to our favorite artists. Unfortunately, terrorism isn’t at our doorstep anymore, it is in our very homes.
Let’s ignore the fact of how he managed to get the bomb into the venue for a moment. We should be considering ‘why he did it?’ instead. The motivations behind this act of terrorism carried out by Salman Abedi has been linked to a larger ‘terror network’. The Telegraph UK reported that “… security services brace for more attacks during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan beginning tomorrow.”. There is also greater fear that Abedi has assembled a second device which is “now in the hands of fellow jihadists.” This is further explored by CNN, which reported that he and his brother “wanted revenge for a friend who was killed by a gang.”, and that Salman Abedi wanted to make a pilgrimage to Mecca.
Terrorism is a vicious cycle. The explosion in Manchester has led to the rise in hate crime, whereby “A total of 56 hate crimes were recorded by the force on Wednesday, a significant rise on the 28 reported on Monday.”, per The Telegraph UK.
It is with sorrow that i receive the news of an event as such, i stand with the people of Manchester and feel for those who have lost a loved one. Fans of Ariana Grande are mainly comprising of teens and young adults with a bright future ahead of them and it pains me knowing that it could have been me or my friends at that concert or any other concerts. There is no room for terrorism, but it is amidst us. Not a matter of if, but a matter of when. Let us do no evil, that we may empower those who hurt us with love, that they may choose to love instead.