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This thought-provoking letter from the father of a child at the Ariana Grande concert is going viral

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Today, Jeremy Corbyn gave a speech on the Manchester bombing which was described by some commentators as ‘controversial’.

He claimed a link between “wars our government has supported or fought in other countries and terrorism here at home”, adding that “an informed understanding of the causes of terrorism is an essential part of an effective response that will protect the security of our people, that fights rather than fuels terrorism”.

He continued, adding that his views were shared by the intelligence and security services, saying: “We must be brave enough to admit the ‘war on terror’ is simply not working. We need a smarter way to reduce the threat from countries that nurture terrorists and generate terrorism.”

He did not say this in isolation though, making it quite clear that this viewpoint, “in no way reduces the guilt of those who attack our children. Those terrorists will forever be reviled and held to account for their actions.”

His words echo those that have been posted on Facebook by David Banks, whose daughter Ella attended the Ariana Grande concert which was the scene of the terrorist attack.

He describes himself as “a bleeding-heart-liberal-intellectual” and his views are more liberal even than Corbyn’s, but his words are eloquent and thought-provoking, and have gone viral after his urge for people to “perhaps think the unthinkable”.

He titles his piece of writing “Forty-eight hours ago Salman Abedi tried to kill my daughter" – here is what he had to say:

David Banks letter

You may not agree with him, but it seems important to at least ask tough questions at this difficult time.

(Images: Rex/Facebook)

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