Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg: Only 'love' can combat terrorism

Founder of omnipresent social media platform responds to recent deadly attacks in Istanbul, Brussels, and Lahore.

March 30, 2016 15:02
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Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has come out against recent terrorist attacks in Pakistan, Belgium and Turkey, saying understanding and love are the only means by which to fight such violence meant to "spread fear and distrust."

"Each of these attacks was different, but all had a common thread: they were carried out with a goal to spread fear and distrust, and turn members of a community against each other," the social media mogul said Sunday on Facebook.

Zuckerberg made the call for global action shortly after a suicide bomber killed 72 people in the Pakistani city of Lahore.

"I believe the only sustainable way to fight back against those who seek to divide us is to create a world where understanding and empathy can spread faster than hate, and where every single person in every country feels connected and cared for and loved," he wrote in the post. "That's the world we can and must build together."

This morning we activated Safety Check in Pakistan after a bomb targeted children and their families in a park in...

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Last Tuesday, suicide bombing attacks rocked Belgium, killing more than 30 people at the Brussels airport and in a metro stop in the Belgian capital.

Days before on March 19, a suicide bomber detonated himself in central Istanbul, killing three Israelis and an Iranian.

The attacks have fueled growing fears of the spread of the extremist group known as Islamic State from the Middle East across Europe and Asia.

The terrorist group claimed the attacks in Istanbul and Brussels, while a Taliban offshoot that once declared support for ISIS claimed credit for the Lahore bombing.

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