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On My Visit to New Zealand: Can Christchurch Heal Our Collective Wounds?

On My Visit to New Zealand: Can Christchurch Heal Our Collective Wounds?

Ramzy Baroud

I visited the city of Christchurch on May 23, 2018, as part of a larger speaking tour in New Zealand that also took me to Auckland, Wellington, Hamilton and Dunedin.

New Zealand is an exceptional country, different from other countries that are often lumped under the generalized designation of the ‘western world.’ Almost immediately after my arrival to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest and most populous city, I was struck by the overt friendliness, hospitality and diversity.

Can only hope there is a better healing, but unless we all begin to pay
attention to the rise of the right wing and its coordinated violence, I’m not
optimistic.

Was watching a C-span program today about Israel/Netanyahu who is identified
as being connected to right wing all over the world - arming, training.

One of the lawyers handling Palestinian law suits commented that "Charlottesville
was Kristolkacht" – basically Nazis at play.

First thing that Russia’s Putin said about 9/11 was that it was “The Reichstag fire
in NY City.”