NZ’s PM Ardern has ‘rewritten the script’ for nation grieving after terror attack

NZ’s PM Ardern has ‘rewritten the script’ for nation grieving after terror attack
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits the Muslim community of Christchurch after the Mar 15 mosque attacks. DW video, YouTube

[Ed. – To summarize: she has refused to assign identifying characteristics to the attacker, has “globalized” and generalized the problem of “people killing people,” and has prepared to disarm the innocent.]

Ardern has resisted war rhetoric. Since the modern era of terrorism began, on September 11, 2001, world leaders have responded to terror by promising vengeance and waged war, rhetorically and militarily. George W. Bush set the tone, with a statement on the morning of the World Trade Center attacks: “Make no mistake. The United States will hunt down and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts.” …

In the years since then, many other leaders have given speeches that shared key elements of Bush’s rhetoric …  “We will not be intimidated,” the Norwegian Prime Minister, Jens Stoltenberg, said, in a statement following a massacre carried out by the white supremacist Anders Breivik, in July, 2011. Stoltenberg called Breivik’s attack an “act of cowardice.” And, while Barack Obama avoided war rhetoric in his responses to terror, in his first statement on the Boston Marathon bombing, in 2013, he promised to “get to the bottom of this.”

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