The New Zealand Terror Attack: Analysed

This one comes under my category ‘terrorism’ which I had to create specially as I never thought I’d be doing an article like this. This case is particularly terrifying because the perpetrator was part of an online group on the dark web, and people just like him encouraged him to do what he did- they all thought what they were doing was right.

On the 15th March 2019, a lone gunman killed 50 men, women and children in a racially, politically and religiously motivated attack. The bottom of this post lists the victims of the attack.

A woman stands on the phone to a family member after the attacks, at the scene of the incident

The shooter made 2 attacks, and live streamed one

The terrorist, whose name I shan’t mention, live streamed his first attack at the Al Noor Mosque- shooting everybody inside. The live stream featured him saying ‘subscribe to Pewdiepie’ before he set off on the murderous rampage.

The reason why I am so interested in this incident is because of the intricacy that went into the planning, and I’m curious how no one caught or reported him. The theory is that the killer was part of a community on 4chan, and they encouraged him to partake in the monstrosity that unfolded. The online community, which I do not know the name of, must have planned for the killer to do the finger meme, in which the person touches their pointer finger and thumb to form a loop, and if you look at it- you lose the game. The killer did this in his court hearing.

I also hypothesise that the killer was told to say ‘Sub to Pewdiepie’ before he executed his rampage.

The names written on the guns…

As you might have noticed, if you’d seen the video (which I don’t recommend you do) the guns are plastered in white paint/pen etchings, and we later found out those are in fact names. The name in the biggest writing was of a victim of the Stockholm attack which took place back in 2017. The attack was orchestrated by Jihadis, and the girls name was Ebba Åkerlund. She was 11 years old, and died on her way to school. She was the latest victim from the massacre. It is clear that by writing Ebba’s name on his gun, he is avenging her death by murdering people that follow the Islamic faith. Flawed logic, entirely. And that’s the sad part- it just made absolutely no sense. These poor men (and one woman) were victims to a random rampage.

I’m unsure what other names were written on his other guns, to be frank I’m uncomfortable googling the situation in general, so this post is more of my personal experience from watching the video and it’s a collection of my own theories regarding the video and situation.

The world needs to learn from the way NZ dealt with the attack.

The reaction by the NZ government (especially the prime minister) was, without a doubt, one of the most beautiful things I have seen. And it’s sad that I have to say this, because there should be many more beautiful things than respecting other religions. There should have been no discrimination in the first place, but there was. And the way the prime minister, Jacinda Ardern, approached the tragedy with a huge heart and an open mind. Just like a person should. The opposite to Trump.

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