In the wake of the recent terror attacks in London and Manchester, it is troubling—but not so surprising—that someone would take it upon themselves to seek reprisal against the Muslim community, which we saw in the early-morning hours of Monday when a white man drove a van into a group of worshippers leaving a mosque after prayers.
Seeing so many innocent lives lost to such senseless and cowardly acts is heart-wrenching. It is only natural to want to strike out—to avenge those who died or were horribly injured.
But fighting terror with more terror is not the answer. It not only serves to exacerbate already simmering tensions, it very well could spark a series of tit-for-tat incidents in the coming days, weeks, and months, which is precisely the hatred and division groups like ISIS wants to foment in its goal to destroy our values and way of life.
Revenge attacks like we saw Monday just fuels the terrorists' cause.
Though difficult, the best option is to turn the other cheek. To show that love can prevail over hate even in the darkest moments. That's what a Canadian family chose to do after their daughter, 30-year-old Christine Archibald, was killed in the London Bridge attack earlier this month.
The hastag #ChrissySentMe quickly spawned acts of goodwill while a GoFundMe page was set up to solicit donations to charity. “Please honor her by making your community a better place. Volunteer your time and labor or donate to a homeless shelter,” the family had written.
Such a noble gesture in the face of such personal tragedy.
The attack on a Quebec City mosque in late January, which left six men dead and 19 others injured, shows Canada is not immune to these types of “revenge” attacks. As well, Statistics Canada last week revealed the number of police-reported hate crimes against Muslims jumped by 60 percent in 2015 compared to the previous year.
Let's all do our part to be united as a community, not divided.
Above all, let's not help the terrorists win.