As you sow so shall you reap

Paraphrased the Bible verse says something like, as you sow so shall you reap. It is a metaphor for many things in life and when it comes to politics our politicians are often accused of sowing division. Winston Peters, for example, was accused of being divisive when he challenged the Muslim community to root out the extremists within their ranks. His challenge was directed at the Muslim community but Western governments elsewhere are challenging their entire populations to do the same.

Why does Winston Peter’s challenge make people uncomfortable? Islamic terrorists are Muslim after all. Islamic radicals are unlikely to live inside Hindu, Catholic or secular families. Doesn’t it make sense to challenge the community that extremists go to the mosque with, got to school with and who they socialise with?

The groupthink in our public discourse is so pervasive it goes as unnoticed as the air. For example, let’s say a bunch of young girls are blown up at a pop concert. You have to say something about it. But what?

Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, on what he called the “incident” (seriously) at Manchester Arena:

We will not allow terrorists who seek to sow fear and division to achieve their aims.
Likewise, Amber Rudd, the British Home Secretary, had no doubt about the intent of the attack:

Its intention was to sow fear – its intention is to divide.
…Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission…was admirably on message:

Once again, terrorism has sought to instil fear where there should be joy, to sow division where young people and families should be coming together.

The London press weighed in:Those who perpetrated this attack hope to sow division.

And the Canadian press:

To state the obvious: Terrorist attacks are meant to terrorize and sow division.

And the American press:

Isis and the other purveyors of terror are gradually succeeding in sowing division…

You’d be surprised how easy it is to sow division. But take it from the Scottish press:

It’s very easy to sow division…

Yes, yes, but what do the experts say?

Paris (AFP) – By targeting children at a pop concert in Manchester, the Islamic State group aimed to cause maximum outrage and sow divisions by turning people against Muslims, experts say.

When death stalks the land, make no mistake: He may look like a grim reaper, but he’s really a grim sower. An entire sowing bee of experts has so decreed…

You non-experts might think this a fairly crude sleight of hand – that concerns about “division” is a not so subtle way of suggesting that the real problem isn’t guys like Salman Abedi waiting with his nail bomb at the exit to the pop concert, but divisive types like you querying whether it’s prudent to keep importing more and more Islam into the western world. Well, screw you: if you disagree that the real danger here is the sowing of division, you’re just sowing even more division.

…in Britain and Europe they sowed diversity and reaped division.

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