The Royal Commission of Inquiry in New Zealand has released its official findings into the attack on the Al Noor Mosque and Linwood Islamic Centre on March 15, 2019 – 51 people were massacred in those attacks for which Brenton Tarrant has been convicted and given a life sentence.
The report, however, found that New Zealand’s so-called counter-terror authorities were so focused on what they perceived as Muslim terrorists that the convicted white racist responsible for the attack was overlooked. It nonetheless found no failings within government agencies and suggested the attack could not have been prevented.
Various authorities including Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern have issued apologies to the Muslim community, but if the idea of terror was not painted as having only a single face, could the outcomes of 15 March 2019 have been very different?
Diplomat’s Discourse assesses the perception of the global terror threat and whether governments are serious about tackling it with Arun Gupta, an investigative journalist.