Murder or Terrorism in Utrecht? Both

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Murder is murder.

Terrorism is terrorism.

Is one worse than the other?


People trying to make out that the awful murders this morning are not as bad as a terrorist atrocity miss the point entirely.

If, as it may turn out, this was part of a family feud and the murdered people were trying to save someone they didn’t know, does this demean their actions as they werent fighting off a terrorist?

Of course not. Their bravery stands head and shoulders above anything. That they are heroes goes without saying.

In this age, multiple shootings are often first thought of as a terrorist act. People do jump to conclusions as the media did this morning as well as the dutch anti terrorist force.

But isn’t murder terrorism by any other name?

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Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins

Jon Wilkins is Welsh and lives in England. He is a writer. A Europhile and Remainer, he is a regular visitor to Utrecht and has set his crime novel series in the city.

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  1. Hello from Christchurch NZ where I was born to Dutch immigrants Ans and Rudy. If the attack has a political motive, then it is terrorism. Is it better or worse than terrorism? Who can say as both are almost the worst thing a human being can do. Was the person incited by online hate speech? If so then others are also responsible. I now believe that there should be ZERO tolerance for hate speech as up until now we in New Zealand have tried to accomodate all voices. Hate is hate and if someone at your work, in the street or online has only negative things to say then they should be stopped as they are not adding to society and are probably in fact detracting from it.

  2. Jon Wilkins Jon Wilkins says:

    Thanks for getting in touch with us. Our hearts go out to you and we hope that your city can recover soon, though it has been an awful blow. We do know how resilient the Kiwis are, so with a mix of stubborn Dutch blood I am sure you will come out stronger on the other side. Good luck for the future!

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