Christchurch attack: Treat far-right terror as the threat it is

The deadly attacks on two New Zealand mosques should draw attention to an obvious fact: Terrorists linked to the far right are no less murderous than the Islamist groups that get more headlines and attention from politicians.

Western governments should not be fooled by the skewed headline count; Watching white supremacists should be a priority - alongside preventing the radicalisation of Muslim minorities. This is not just a moment to grieve the dead - at least 50 of them - in Christchurch. It is time to review the data and make a conscious policy shift.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 19, 2019, with the headline 'Treat far-right terror as the threat it is'. Print Edition | Subscribe