Months before the Manchester attack, London mayor Sadiq Khan had called the threat of terrorism "part and parcel" of living in a big city.

Many are appalled that the mayor is insensitive enough to make such a statement.

However, the context confirmed that he merely suggested that big cities must be prepared for any attacks that terrorists may be plotting.

While critics may have ignored his intended meaning, his statement is still problematic in that it shows a degree of resignation about terror as a new normal.

We must never accept this. We must counter the Islamist rhetoric and the ideology that informs it.

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