Monday, June 5, 2017

One Love Manchester Concert

From the Wall Street Journal:
Ariana Grande led a lineup of global pop stars on Sunday in putting on a show of defiance against terror attacks in Britain, opening her set with the song “Be Alright.”

Her “One Love Manchester” concert, held at the Emirates Old Trafford, came less than two weeks after a suicide bomber killed 22 people and injured more than 100 others at Manchester Arena just after Ms. Grande had ended her show.

...Sunday’s benefit to pay tribute to and raise funds for the Manchester attack victims drew a sold-out crowd of 60,000 and featured Liam Gallagher, Take That, Miley Cyrus, Black Eyed Peas, Katy Perry, Justin Bieber, Coldplay, Pharrell Williams and others.

I've seen a few clips from the One Love Manchester concert but I didn't watch the live stream. What I saw was mostly messages of peace and love and understanding from Ariana Grande and the other artists performing.

It certainly is impressive that Grande returned to Manchester just over two weeks after the terrorist bombing there.

What's even more impressive is that tens of thousands of people chose to attend the concert. The bombing two weeks ago and the attack in London just a day earlier didn't deter them.

The images of the massive crowd gathered to enjoy music sent a loud message to radical Islamic terrorists. Thousands and thousands refused to cower in fear.

However, although the concert was an important display of defiance and a nice expression of solidarity, let's not pretend it solved anything in terms of eradicating the terrorists. That will require action by leaders willing to address the reality of radical Islamic terrorism.

Sixty thousand people is a huge audience for a live performance. Unfortunately, there are hundreds of thousands of people harboring the beliefs and goals of radical Islam.

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