READER'S VIEW: Don’t play their game of suspicion and hatred

THERE has been widespread panic following the terrorist attacks in Paris on November 13.

As columnist Paul Syvret says, "ISIS can never hope to win a prolonged or conventional military campaign. Its most potent weapon is psychological - the ability to stoke fear and division; to create the impression in the West that all of Islam is the enemy, not a minority of bloodthirsty extremists masquerading behind a façade of one particular religious faith. If ISIS and their fellow travellers can foment enough anger, suspicion and hatred of wider Islam in the West, then they further their aim of creating a war between the civilisations - a great conflict between the Muslim world and the infidels that make up the rest of humanity. Judging by some of the reactions in the wake of the Paris atrocities, there are those who through a combination of ignorance, fear and intolerance seem determined to play right into the hands of the extremists. These are the people who denounce Islam as a whole, who equate immigration to colonisation, or who denounce multiculturalism as cultural suicide. They are the ones who indirectly further the very aims of the extremists by stoking us-and-them distrust and paranoia."

As for halting the flow of refugees from Syria, many of them from a variety of Christian sects, have you stopped to think that these people have had their homes reduced to rubble, or are fleeing exactly the sort of horrors that were visited upon Paris earlier this month.

I, for one, am not going to play the terrorists' game of anger, suspicion and hatred between Islam and the rest of humanity. I refuse to panic.

A. Bambrick, Rockhampton



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