Paris and Beirut Attacks: My Thoughts on Terrorism and the Middle East

It’s Monday today, which seems to be my new days to post. I’m sorry I haven’t been blogging more recently, but with NaNoWriMo and the #prefunk promotion I’ve been doing for The Devil Within, I haven’t had much time. Plus, last week was so busy again. I wanted to write my thoughts on Paris on Saturday, but I woke up and watched Netflix instead.

After watching what happened in Paris and Beirut, I felt sad. This time of year always makes me feel a little sad anyway. Another chapter ending, another one beginning. Thoughts drift to friends I’ve lost from growing apart or something more permanent like death. And then on Friday the 13th a section of Paris was bombed and a lot of young people lost their life. Before that, Beirut was targeted by fundamentalists terrorists. I’m at a loss for words. Peace in the Middle East is as elusive as it ever was. Still fighting a war that has gone on since the beginning of time. A war against the lifestyle of the Western World. A war set on keeping people in the dark instead of enlightening them through education, women’s rights, and progress.

The world is reeling from these brutal attacks, but also standing together. And everyone is talking about it, arguing about it, but bringing awareness back to the situation at hand. Innocent loss of life in both countries means more instability in our world and a greater chance for war.

Unfortunately, a people who has been escaping terrorism in their own country is taking blame for some of these acts: The Syrians. Syrians who have been fleeing this type of violence are now feeling the heat for what happened, since one of the Paris attackers claimed to be seeking asylum. In an article by the NY Times, Syrian refugee Hussam Al Roustam said of relocating to New Jersey, “It’s like taking someone from a very small, dark room to a very, very big world.” And this thought lingered in my head over the weekend as I worried about the implications of this attack on Syrian migration toward  peace and safety. In case you forgot, most Syrian refugees are women and children and they are risking their lives to find a safer place to live. (Bodies of Syrian Refugees Wash Ashore – This Link Contains Disturbing Images)

I don’t pretend to know what to do about ISIS or the whole situation in the Middle East. I want peace and stability as much as anyone. This war on terrorism isn’t just in other countries. But not all the people in the Middle East are to blame. There are a lot of terrorists, yes, but in Middle Eastern countries there are also a lot of level-headed people who want peace as much as any Westerner…maybe even more. It’s just finding out how to achieve that without resorting to more war and more loss of innocent life. It seems impossible to get there when you’re dealing with someone who would blow themselves up for their cause.

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2 thoughts on “Paris and Beirut Attacks: My Thoughts on Terrorism and the Middle East

  1. I wondered if any of us would write on this subject. I have talked myself to an absolute standstill on the subject (offline) and just couldn’t put something coherent together that didn’t sound overly idealistic. But the subject needed to be marked, so I’m glad you did Lauren & thank you.

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