With a heavy heart, I am desperately trying to make sense of what transpired on Friday, November 13th, 2015. It’s been more than 72 hours since the unfathomable unfolded in the heart of Paris. Innocent Parisians going about their evening watching a soccer game, enjoying a rock concert, or having dinner while enjoying the company of friends. This normal evening quickly turned into one of horrific and historic proportions. 129 dead , over 350 wounded.
It would be easy to get angry and frankly no one would blame me. The images are still fresh in the minds of all of us. I say us because this attack on Paris was an attack on the entire international community. You can be Christian, Jewish, or Muslim but this was an attack on all of us. An attack so deep rooted in hate that you question if we can ever comprehend it.
To fully understand the ideology behind ISIS you have to go back well before World War 1 and the Ottoman Empire. Well before any of us walked this earth. This long history makes it impossible to understand or to solve. ISIS has done a great job of spreading their apocalyptic caliphite movement. They target the disenfranchised, the lonely, and the weak. How do you fight this ideology ?
You can drop all the bombs you want (I’d gladly drop a few myself) and send in all the ground troops you want but to what avail. To beat an ideology you have to change the ideas that are behind it. Make the disenfranchised feel as if they are part of a community, speak to the lonely, and help transform the weak into the powerful. I don’t care what religion you practise because at the end of the day we’re all part of the same human race. We were put on this earth to safeguard it and live together. Too bad we’re doing a pretty shitty job so far.
Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible – Maya Angelou