OPINION: We must not let our fear control us

ON SATURDAY, I woke up to a phone call from my mother telling me to turn on the news.

"Paris is under attack," she told me.

As I went downstairs to turn the television on, that heavy feeling settled in my stomach - the one I felt watching the second plane fly into the World Trade Centre on September 11, 2001.

And when we found out that the London Underground had been ravaged by suicide bomb attacks on July 7, 2005.

You can look through your history books.

There will be some who will try to justify these atrocities, these purposeful attacks on civilians, by what they find there.

But any reasonable person knows that these killings are senseless and cannot be explained away with hollow justifications.

On Friday night in Paris, 123 people went out to restaurants, to a concert hall, never suspecting that it would be for the final time.

The purpose of these actions is to instil terror in us. To make us fear going about our daily lives.

These terrorists want us to question who we are, what we stand for and what we believe in.

And they want to make us fear Muslims, even the majority who would never seek to do us harm, so they can incite more carnage.

We cannot - we must not let them win.

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