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Manchester Terror Attack at Ariana Grande Concert: Better Off Dead

Who goes to a pop star’s concert? Girls and their moms and dads, that’s who, and that’s who the suicide bomber targeted when he killed over 20 people and injured over 100 more.  The Daily Mail has a good rundown of what has happened since the attack.

The device used to kill these people – a nail suicide bomb – was sophisticated. Pros did this thing. British police are looking for potential cell members.  “Police this morning confirmed that the suicide bomber, who was known to authorities, died inside the arena. US security sources said the bomber had travelled to the venue on public transport.”

The killer’s name: Salman Abedi. No one is surprised.

Terror attacks are meant to kill ideological enemies, to cow them into submission, to make them afraid to go about their lives. Terrorists pick places that will do the most damage psychologically and punish the West in concrete ways:

  • 9/11 attacked economic freedom and went to the heart of our prosperity
  • The Paris and Florida concert and nightclub attacks went to the heart of sexual and artistic freedom
  • The Manchester attack is an attack on the freedom of women and girls

All the right people are condemning the attack.

ISIS accepts responsibility attack and promises more and worse is coming: “And what comes next will be more severe on the worshippers of the Cross and their allies.”

It would be heartening if the somnolent West decided to more clearly identify the enemy and expunge it from this earth. Color me skeptical.

On cell phones where most people get their news, the various Trump investigations received top billing over the Manchester attack this morning.

An editorial sums up the helpless spirit that will likely be the outcome of this bombing with this supine headline:

There’s only one way Britain should respond to attacks such as Manchester. That is by carrying on exactly as before

Oh yes, carry on. There’s nothing to see here. There’s nothing to do. This is our glum existence. To live with murderers among us, and pretend that all is well. No fighting it. Resignation.

It’s politically incorrect to focus on the problem. So lip-service will be given and then citizens will go back about their business knowing the truth but being unable to utter it lest they face social shame.

The West has made a decision: Tell the truth and act on it, or die. Evidently, we’re better off dead.

Melissa Mackenzie
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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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