Stop the Cliched Responses to Islamic Terrorism

Last month, following the cowardly and tragic Manchester attacks, a weary and scarred Britain pulled itself together and sent out yet another message of strength and solidarity. So did we, in urging collective caution and honesty in the response. But today, after another pointless act of savagery stained with the hatred of an enemy, it’s time to dispense with some of the tiresome cliches that are a feature of our response. They waste public time, energy and redirect attention. They lead to endless debates on the internet and are driving western society apart. For another, they insult and deride the memory of those who have pointlessly lost their lives. This violence shows no signs of abating, and our response has to be definitive, resolute and must absolutely avoid some of these common disagreements.