JUSTICE MALALA: Hate-spewing leaders inspired Christchurch massacre and must be stopped or there will be more
The attacks in New Zealand are no surprise — they were nurtured and propagated openly by western leaders
Who killed the 50 Muslim worshippers in Christchurch, New Zealand, during their prayers last Friday?
The man who planned the attack, who armed himself with sophisticated gear, who cold-bloodedly shot and killed the worshippers while recording the entire horrific thing, is in police custody and has been charged with murder. Others will blame, as a UK newspaper has already done, an “angelic boy” who is just an aberration.
The truth, however, is that those worshippers were killed by politicians who spew a racist, white supremacist, anti-immigrant ideology of hate. It is an ideology that is spreading fast across the globe and which is growing among enclaves of white supremacists in SA, too.
How did the omni-shambolic Brexit vote come about in the UK? One of the most incredible — and untrue — images of the Brexit campaign was when then-UN Independence Party leader Nigel Farage unveiled a poster that read “Breaking Point” and showed a long line of refugees. The idea underpinning his campaign was that the UK was under an “invasion” by these dreaded, dirty, unwashed immigrants who were coming to “change our way of life”. His campaign of hate won that referendum. US President Donald Trump on Friday described the attacks in New Zealand as “a horrible disgraceful thing, a horrible act”. But when asked if he saw white nationalism as a rising threat around the world, he said: “I don’t really. I think it’s a small group of people that have very, very serious problems, I guess.” Incredibly, he then turned to “crimes of all kinds coming through our southern border”. He added: “People hate the word invasion, but that’s what it is.” Trump’s words about an “invasion” echo exactly the...