Atrocity in Tunisia – 38 slaughtered

The appalling massacre on the beach in Tunisia in which 38 people were killed, including Lorna Carty and Laurence and Martina Hayes from Ireland, was a hideous atrocity. Everyone will sympathise with the families and friends of all those who lost their lives.

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The appalling massacre on the beach in Tunisia in which 38 people were killed, including Lorna Carty and Laurence and Martina Hayes from Ireland, was a hideous atrocity. Everyone will sympathise with the families and friends of all those who lost their lives.

However, in this situation as in all such terrorist atrocities socialists have a duty to say certain things – things which may not be said in much of the media coverage.

First that those who perpetrated this act are no more representative of the overwhelming majority of Muslims than the white supremacist who massacred black people in Charleston represents all white people, so we should resist any attempt to exploit this tragedy for racist purposes.

Second, these horrible murders, like those of Islamic State in Iraq are not just random acts of evil. They exist in a context. That context is the ravaging and destruction of almost the whole of the Middle East by wars, occupations and interventions driven, above all, by western powers and their corrupt allies trying to control the resources of the region. [For more on this see Eamonn McCann, Making Sense of the Middle East, on P.5].

Just as some Europeans blame all Muslims for the terrorism of a few, so ISIS and others tend to blame all western people for the imperialism and crimes of our rulers. Both responses are wrong. Socialists call on ordinary people of all faiths and none, of all countries and regions, to unite and live in peace.

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