Mosque massacres: Performance evil in New Zealand

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Opinion

March 19, 2019 - 9:47 AM

New Zealand, from an American perspective, may seem to be at the end of the Earth. But that perceived isolation doesn’t equal protection. Evil can come from anywhere and descend on anyone. The internet can speed messages of hate.

On Friday, at least one gunman, possibly more, attacked two mosques in Christchurch on New Zealand’s South Island, killing several dozen people and wounding dozens more. It was afternoon on the day of prayer for Muslims.

The carnage was purposeful, livestreamed on Facebook. This was a heinous act of violence designed to be seen and shared. A shooter, apparently using a helmet camera, led viewers on his rampage.

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