Not to be a downer, but the New Zealand government is very much a part of the so-called “war on terror.” The prime minister’s gestures of condolence are undoubtedly sincere & they’re very powerful indeed. But it would be far more powerful if New Zealand withdrew its troops from Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, & elsewhere & did not deploy them in the future in the Islamophobic “war on terror.”

This is Zulkarnain Banday’s comment on the issue:
“Don’t get swayed by the Hijab or Duppata on New Zealand PM’s head. New Zealand is part of the military machinery that has killed roughly around 4 million Muslims in the ongoing so-called ‘war on terror’. From the boots on the ground to the logistics, the country has assisted the United States in every way possible to perpetuate the endless bloodshed across the Muslim lands.”