Saturday 3 December 2016

Terrorists are trying to use the old tactic of divide and conquer

Published 27/07/2016 | 02:30

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, pictured speaking at a rally in Roanoke, Virginia, has been stoking up resentments in the USA. Photo: Sara D Davis/Getty
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, pictured speaking at a rally in Roanoke, Virginia, has been stoking up resentments in the USA. Photo: Sara D Davis/Getty

It is difficult to imagine a more unstable time in recent world history. Political upheaval and an unprecedented spate of horrendous terror attacks are eating away at the bonds that unite.

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The generations after World War II understood the value of peace and security. They built bonds instead of extending borders. Through dialogue and diplomacy, they discussed difficulties instead of rushing into a knee-jerk response to every crisis.

This allowed understanding and trust to develop, as consultation enabled compromise and coordination when approaching problems.

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