Yesterday’s terrorist attack in New York once again displays how vulnerable we are to persons willing to do anything to spread their ideology of hate. I cannot fully express the sadness that I feel for the victims and their families. No one should have to experience what they are experiencing.
We need to protect ourselves against extremism, but we must not use this as an excuse to further the cause of bigotry and Islamophobia. Hate is the same no matter the source. We must work to understand one another and address grievances in a peaceful manner. It doesn’t matter how many police or soldiers we put in place if we cannot reach out, seeking to change hearts and minds. This only happens through diplomacy and outreach. Only then can we say we are safe.