I cannot imagine innocent soldier Lee Rigby would have wanted violence on the streets and attacks on innocent families. That is why I am glad that Help For Heroes decided not to accept money from the EDL.
There is no justification for violence as a reaction to violence. You cannot combat terror with terror. This only perpetuates further trouble.
We must all stand up and be counted and say no to extremism, but we must also realise that our actions create extremism.
A question which is sadly not hypothetical…what impression will the innocent children trapped in a burning Mosque have of the people who set fire to the Mosque?
I hope that they are bigger people than those who threw petrol bombs at them. I hope they can walk away and realise that the actions of the individuals do not tarnish a whole group of people.
This would make them more impressive people than those who have reacted aggressively and with abuse and violence to them.
I have reacted with a poem…
Sad is the day That hate floods out On our streets, In our communities, And on our timelines. The power of the word Spread with a click, Sets the world on fire. False rumour rife Brings forth vocal minorities. But they are bravely fought With words of peace. It takes great courage To reflect on tragedy With warm words Of condolence, Then of reconciliation. To create a world for our children, We must not bow To the instinct of blame When terror comes knocking.