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FATAH: They should’ve called it the Christchurch-Colombo Call for Action

Oscar Wilde once said, “When good Americans die, they go to Paris.” Maybe that is the reason there were no Americans at last week’s Paris Summit hosted by President Emmanuel Macron of France and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern of New Zealand to “curb online extremism.”

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was there alongside Britain’s embattled Theresa May and other liberal politicians of Europe who signed on to what they called the “Christchurch Call to Action” to commemorate the killing of 51 Muslims in a massacre at two mosques in the New Zealand city on March 15.

The coming together of Western leaders within two months after the horrific hate fest was welcomed by one and all. But between March 15 in Christchurch and May 15 in Paris, there were other horrific acts of genocidal nature in Asia and Africa, that went completely unmentioned in the Paris document.

Representatives of Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden and the UK all seemed to have etched ‘Christchurch’ on their minds, but could not recall the massacre a week later of over 250 Christians by Islamist terrorists in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Jordan’s British-born King Abdullah and ambassadors from Indonesia, India and  Senegal joined their former European colonial masters in Paris, but they too didn’t utter a single word in solidarity with those who died in Colombo.

The question is, why didn’t prime ministers Macron and Ardern invite Sri Lanka’s Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to the summit? With him at the table they could have named the summit the ‘Christchurch-Colombo Call for Action,’ but sadly they did not. As they say, it’s all about ‘location, location, location.’

The president of Nigeria too was conspicuous by his absence as was the leader of Burkina Faso, two countries where many more than the Christchurch 51 have died at the hands of terrorists.

Seems the narcissism of Ardern got in the way of her better judgment. It was irresponsible and hypocritical for the West’s leaders to demand that hatred be eradicated from the internet, but not from the minds of people ideologically driven towards supremacy, be it White or Islamic.

Here is a sample of hatred that does not require the internet and social media. It’s targeted at vulnerable Muslim youth, sowing the seeds of revulsion towards non-Muslims.

From a sermon at a Toronto mosque a few years ago: “O Allah! Count their number, slay them [non-Muslims] one by one and make them a lesson to their likenesses. Oh Allah, Defeat them and make the ground shake beneath their feet, and show us in them the wonders of your Might, for they are weak before You, O Mighty, O Powerful.”

Stateside, the recent uncovering of a video showing Muslim children chanting at a Philadelphia Islamic event was shocking. “We will chop off their heads, and we will liberate the sorrowful and exalted Al-Aqsa Mosque … We will subject them to eternal torture,” chanted the girls.

Elsewhere, earlier this year, Kuwaiti singer Monia Al-Hob told a public TV network that on Judgment day, “we will kill all the Jews,” adding that Jews will have a special gate to hell.

Its quite likely this new breed of ‘young and beautiful’ leaders in the West have had little time to read anything of substance. It may help them to read up on hate-based killing from before both the internet and electricity was born. Two examples of the pre-Facebook and Twitter era may help.

The 1971 genocide in Bangladesh by Pakistan and the 2002 genocide of Darfuris by the Arab Janjaweed. But unfortunately, they come with a Colombo stamp on them, not one made-in-Christchurch.

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