The fine folks in the intelligence services who keep track of terrorist sympathizers no doubt have me on their list. At various points, I have written about the hypocritical and revisionist response to the Paris bombings, criticized US drone use policy under Obama, promoted anarchist who use violence, and criticized police tactics used to apprehend the Boston Marathon bombers.
But despite this, i am no fan of terrorism, either freelance or state sponsored. Terrorism is sometimes politically effective because it tears at the fabric of everyday life and makes the issues it is highlighting impossible to ignore. But this in itself does not make it fair or just, it just makes it effective.
On May 22 a suicide bomber killed 22 concertgoers and injured dozens more in Manchester. The performer at that show was Ariana Grande, who has tried to do right by Manchester, despite not being responsible for the attack.
She has visited victims of the attack in a children’s hospital. She has pushed her record company to give half a million dollars to the families of victims. She has delayed her planned tour and instead has organized a giant benefit event in Manchester this weekend with many big name pop bands, with free tickets to those who were in the May 22 concert.
But perhaps most important is Grande’s message to her fans and the world.