Salman Abedi, the man who carried out the suicide bombing in Manchester, was a terrorist and a murderer. There is simply no other way to describe him and the atrocity he committed.
As unbelievable as it may appear to the decent and civilised majority of the world’s population, IS has garnered sympathy in some circles due to a false narrative they have circulated about themselves -- a narrative that paints them as vigilantes, as Islamic warriors going against Western imperialistic ambitions, as good guys in the war for the morality of the world.
Nothing could be further from the truth.
Incidents such as this prove, once again, and not that it should have been in doubt, that IS has no shred of morality on their side.
In no situation are the killing of innocents justifiable.
In no narrative can we excuse the murder of children.
In no scenario can any person of conscience buy into a political ideology which calls for such brutality and barbarism.
IS is nothing more, and never will be anything more, than a murderous stain on the face of humanity.
Whether or not the attacker, Salman Abedi, was recruited by them remains irrelevant. The fact that they would wish to claim credit for his despicable actions shows their own moral depravity.
No matter how it is presented, their ideology of hatred will not stand, especially when the targets of these attacks are innocents, when the victims include children.
This is not a problem specific to Manchester. This happens every day all over the world, and they have shown their true colours many times before.
Manchester is just more confirmation of what we already knew.