This is a copy of my Facebook post tonight. I’d love to write about this in more nuanced detail, but between 12-hour student nurse shifts and my final assignments to qualify as a nurse, I’m a little short of time:
Much as our political process had a role to play in the rise of the IRA, so too did it in this.
Yes, he’s an un-Islamic nutter.
Yes, it’s wrong that young children suffer.
Yes, it was evil.
No, he’s probably not linked to ISIS or anything but just a seriously mentally unwell loner inspired by them.
But I’ve heard the attack called ‘senseless’, which it definitely was not.
To quote the Guardian:
“Even before Abedi was named, several members of south Manchester’s Libyan community wondered whether the suicide bomber was one of their own: perhaps one of the young men who had fought in Libya during the 2011 revolution, some of whom came home traumatised and angry.”
Our government intervened in Libya as we did in Iraq and Afghanistan. France has had decades of racism and the cracks of destabilisation are becoming visible. The USA has voted for Trump.
If we can take a single message from last night, it should perhaps be that we can vote against the rise of isolationism in this election.
We can vote for parties that support the UK’s rich and diverse fabric.
We can vote for parties that promote international co-operation and peace.
We can vote for parties that don’t seek to wade into the Middle East and North Africa when there’s oil to grab, only to abandon the same regions when there’s genocide.