The Edge of Terrorism
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|Martin Barillas||March 23rd 2017|
Sadiq Khan, the mayor of London, has come in for more scrutiny in the wake of a terrorist incident in the British capital that left three innocent persons dead at the hands of a terrorist. When Khan visited New York in September 2016, he was shocked to hear a terrorist bomb detonate on West 23rd Street in the Chelsea neighborhood. An Afghan national was later arrested in connection with the incident. In response to the bombing in New York, Khan said that living with terrorism is "part and parcel of living in a big city." In an interview with the Evening Standard, Khan said, "is a reality I’m afraid that London, New York, other major cities around the world have got to be prepared for these sorts of things.
In September 2016, Khan spoke at global summit in Montreal alongside Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau, he told the audience that the Republican nominee’s plan to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the US showed a “lack of understanding.” that contributes to the radicalization of Muslims. "Donald Trump said that Muslims from around the world - I'm paraphrasing - would not be welcome into the United States of America."
"Not only does that show a lack of understanding and awareness of the great country that is the USA and its history and legacy, it's also inadvertently playing into the hands of Daesh and so-called Isis because it implies it's not possible to be a Western liberal and mainstream Muslim."
In May 2016, Khan condemned Trump's proposed ban on admitting Muslims into the country. At the time, Khan was newly elected to his current post. He tweeted in response to Trump, "Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe. It risks alienating mainstream Muslim. London has proved him wrong."