“It is an explosive problem, and one that would be easier to deal with if prominent politicians stopped throwing lighted matches at it.
When President Donald Trump calls the flow of immigrants an “invasion”, he lends cover to those who would repel them violently.
Likewise Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, when he claims that a Jewish billionaire is plotting to flood Europe with Muslim migrants in order to swamp its Christian culture.
And so too Turkey’s strongman, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, when he says that the shooter in New Zealand is part of a grand plot against Turks.
By contrast, New Zealand’s prime minister, Jacinda Ardern has shown how an assault on New Zealand’s values of tolerance and openness is in fact a reason to strengthen them