Tuesday, May 23, 2017

More quotes on the Manchester atrocity

The President of the European Council, Donald Tusk, tweeted that

"My heart is in Manchester this night. Our thoughts are with the victims."

Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull told the Australian parliament,

"This is an attack on innocents. Surely there is no crime more reprehensible than the murder of children."

"This is a direct and brutal attack on young people everywhere, on freedom everywhere."

Metro Mayor of Birmingham Andy Burnham, transcript of speech this morning:

Statement from the Muslim Council of Britain:

President Trump:

"My thoughts are with the people of Manchester after this terrible attack."

Of the perpetrators:

"They were evil losers. I won't call them monsters because they would like that term. They would think that was a great name. I will call them losers from now on. And we'll have more of them. But they're losers, just remember that.

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany expressed her "sorrow and horror" over the attack, and added

"This suspected terrorist attack will only strengthen our resolve to work with our British friends against those who plan and execute such inhuman acts. I assure the people in Britain: Germandy stands by your side."

The attack in Manchester has also been condemned by the newly elected President Macron of France, by Vladimir Putin of Russia and by the leaders of Spain, Canada, Japan, China, Poland, India, Pakistan, Ukraine and many other countries.


Jim said...

I know this comment may seem a little cold hearted, so close after. But once again we see "Dont underestimate a terrorist". I dont say that in a "jim was right" kind of way, I say in in a what can we do about it kind of way.

Keeping calm and carry on is not going to cut it, nor is lighting candles to come together for each other.

Yes, I feel unlimited sympathy, and I really do what to send my condelencies for the victims and of course their familes, Just I think the better action than showing "solidarity" is to do my upmost to ensure it does not happen again.

Anonymous said...

I can hear it now from all round west cumbria and beyond - 'send them all back home to where they come from'. Lock the borders.

Jim said...

That is not the answer either Mr/Mrs/Miss Anonymous. Perhaps there should be more stingent actions on those who are known to the authorities, Yes the borders should be screened but not closed, that is kind of the point of us not joining Shengen.

"Send them all back home" - but no one is saying that either, only send away the ones who are known to the authorities.

Forget all this "racism and sexism" just for one second, right so we have people (that is what we all are, regardless of race, or religion or anything else)
we have people, some people can be trusted, other people can not be. Same thoughout all of history, some people are pretty nice, others are like the yorkshire ripper. Any that are known to the authorites that may present a danger to the general public therefor need to be isolated in some way or forn.

Anonymous said...

no one is saying - "Send them all back home"? I think you will find a lot are.

I agree that "Any that are known to the authorites that may present a danger to the general public therefor need to be isolated in some way or forn.", but it must be done legally not left to the whim of some politician. For all their years of bluster the politicians have yet to create such a legal framework.

Chris Whiteside said...

Since the Manchester bomber was born in Britain, even though his family may have been refugees, the idea that we could protect ourselves by a policy of "send them all back home" does not make enough sense to deserve any further discussion.

I'm not sure whether the anonymous poster who suggests people are saying this was being ironic, but unless those people are suggesting that we could deport people born in Britain decades ago to the countries their ancestors come from - and good luck with that idea - it is simply not a runner.

We do need to look more carefully at who we allow into this country and make sure the likes of DA'ESH do not succeed in planting agents on us posing as refugees. We do need to monitor those who may present a danger to the public.

But an open and free society will always be at some risk from those who abuse that freedom. We can reduce that risk but will never be able to entirely eliminate it without losing the things which make this country worth living in.