The depravity of terrorists knows no limits. We can only shed tears of sorrow for hapless victims. The innocents and the powerless have always been pawns in wider proxy wars, with no light at the end of the tunnel. Haven’t we been here before? Drone attacks in Pakistan, aerial bombardments, home demolitions, extra-judicial killings, detention in the occupied Palestinian territories, rocket attacks and stabbings in Israel, barrel bomb attacks in Syria, suicide attacks in New York, Nairobi, Beirut, London, Paris, and airliner explosions over Sinai and eastern Ukraine. Terror has no religion, race or ethnicity – it is politics that creates fertile grounds for terrorism. Violence begets violence. It is time to address the root causes that nourish terror, namely: poverty, unemployment, Islamophobia, antisemitism, racism, food insecurity, religious void, social injustices, occupations and wars.
Dr Munjed Farid Al Qutob
London

• One lesson from the Paris atrocities is the need for proper border and other immigration controls. It is clear that in the current circumstances, the Schengen vision of a borderless Europe is not simply dead but deadly (Report, 14 November).

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