By Hayden Wright
Queen’s Brian May has spoken at length about the Manchester terror attack at Ariana Grande’s concert, expressing grief and frustration about the looming threat of terrorism in Great Britain.
“I woke up this morning and saw the news of Manchester and the first thing I did was tweet about it, just to express my grief and sympathy with the people,” he told NME. “There were mums there that didn’t even know if their child was alive or dead. It’s the most terrible thing. To me, it’s almost impossible to imagine the kind of hatred that has to exist in someone if they would bomb children.”
May says missteps from 2001 may have fanned the flames of geopolitical instability, making the world less safe and more hostile. He spoke out against retaliatory violence, racism and intolerance that fuel misunderstanding and conflict.
“I’m afraid I regard everything as an opportunity – out of tragedy comes knowledge and realization,” he said. “To me, 9/11 and all these terrible disasters are an opportunity to reevaluate ourselves and I think we failed to do that in 9/11. We went on bombing people. Tony Blair, David Cameron… [Britain] still [has] this attitude that you can solve a violent situation by violence. I don’t believe that. I believe we have to sweep all that away and start again. If we really think we can solve this kind of violent behavior by being violent ourselves and being racist and reacting in that way then we are in for the most terrible tragedy for the world, because this is how it escalates.”