Ardern’s sincere words and actions


New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern addresses and answers reporters’ questions in the wake of the massacre of 50 Muslims, with equal number of people inured in the city of Christchurch. VIDEO/CBC News/Youtube
“Ms Ardern (pictured with a mosque-goer) visited the Wellington based mosque to pay her respects and comfort those affected by the tragedy – New Zealand’s worst ever mass shooting” PHOTO/Daily Mail

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern meets members of the Muslim community / PHOTO/BORIS JANCIC/AAP/PA Images/Female First

white nationalist/terrorist

an Australian living in New Zealand went on a killing spree, killing 50

Brenton Harrison Tarrant is a white nationalist/extremist/terrorist

17-minute video of the 36-minute attack Tarrant also live-streamed

Friday the 15th of March 2019 became a black day for New Zealand


power of words

words can be used as weapons to hurt, to harm, and to kill

words can also be used as balm to soothe, to heal, and to console

words can be used to mislead, to incite, and to violate

words can also be used to guide, to calm, and to respect

words exude love when uttered at the right time and with deep sincerity

there are grim situations that crop up suddenly

those are times when true leadership must rise above the mundane

rare are leaders with guts, and common sense who exercise just logic

and who also display empathy while facing the grave crisis at hand


Jacinda Ardern

Ardern is that rare leader who showed her mettle in facing local terrorism

true progressive giant among communal, racist, sexist/homophobic pygmies

with courage and conviction she criticized a white nationalist explicitly

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said:

He is a terrorist. He is a criminal. He is an extremist.

“But he will, when I speak, be nameless.”

Ardern clearly demonstrated her greatness when she declared:

“That quiet Friday afternoon has become our darkest of days. 

But for the families, it was more than that. It was the day that the simple act of prayer – of practising their Muslim faith and religion – led to the loss of their loved ones lives.

Those loved ones, were brothers, daughters, fathers and children.

They were New Zealanders. They are us. 

And because they are us, we, as a nation, we mourn them.”


they are us

“they are us”

three simple words of English

neither difficult to pronounce nor hard to remember

but very tough words to utter for politicians who thrive on divisiveness

as they presume sincerity, humanitarian outlook, and freedom from hate,

Arden has it all

she is the yardstick for judging an honest politician

even though an agnostic, Ardern covered her head when she met Muslims

it was her way of comforting them; making them feel she was one of them

Ardern’s rejection of Tarrant was wholehearted and unequivocal

You may have chosen us – we utterly reject and condemn you.

Ardern also took swift action to announce “every semi-automatic weapon…”

the Australian terrorist “…used in the terrorist attack … will be banned.”

a true first, indeed …


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