What next for the West after Paris?

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After the attacks that shocked the world for their brutality and coldly calculated effect, there is a dilemma for the leaders of the West, for Obama, Cameron, Hollande, Merkel, and all the other figureheads. But there is also a dilemma for the citizens of the Western nations, one which will have far larger consequences, the dilemma of the appropriate reaction. Barely twenty-four hours after the mass murders, there are already cries-from a bigoted and ignorant minority, but growing increasingly louder-against migrants and against Muslims.

Isil are not stupid. The attacks upon Russia and France show this. The bombing of a Russian plane in Egyptian soil was a killing of two birds with one stone for the terrorists, revenging Egypt for being the only Arab nation to issue a public support for Russian bombing in Syria and, and revenging Russia for said bombing.

By Traced based on the CIA World Factbook with some modification done to the colours based on information at Vexilla mundi. [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
They realise that with each attack, the ignorant in the nation will turn on all Muslims, attacking their property and their wellbeing. They know that it is precisely this social ostracisation that lures people into joining their cult, people who feel isolated and have nothing to lose.

Extremism must be cut off at the source, the isolation of Muslims and minorities must be addressed. It is important now more than ever that the world stands united, shoulder to shoulder against Isil. American with Briton with Frenchman with Lebanese, Christian with Muslim with Jew, we must show solidarity and remove the domestic threat before we deal with the international threat.

Standing united is crucial, and we must recognise that as Tolkein put so deftly in Lord of the Rings, “there is some good in this world and it’s worth fighting for”. That fight begins here and now, no matter what decision our leaders make, the citizens of the world must link arms and stand united; lest we fall divided.

11 thoughts on “What next for the West after Paris?

  1. Very well said, Matt! And I couldn’t agree more. I very much fear the rounding up of innocent Muslim and other refugees and cramming them in internment camps as happened in WWII here in the states. It ruined so many lives.

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    1. As far as I am aware, Islamic State (IS), Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isil), and Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (Isis) are all synonyms for the same organisation. The term ‘Daesh’ appears popular too, John Kerry called the organisation that in a recent speech. There’s a fuller explanation at http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/isis-vs-islamic-state-vs-isil-vs-daesh-what-do-the-different-names-mean-9750629.html which you may find helpful.
      Best, Matt

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  2. I fear this as well 😦 Though I thoroughly believe anti-Islam sentiment isn’t held by the majority, it is the voice of that extreme ignorant minority who will work its hardest to be heard, and unfortunately, it’s working. Whenever I see an anti-Islam post on social media with thousands of likes, I can’t help but worry.

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    1. I think there’s a tendency to fear what you can’t understand, and given that some don’t understand the divisions in Islam and the different interpretations of the Quran (as there are with any religious text) they fear it. As you say, social media is a particularly worrying outlet that gives everyone a voice for better or worse…
      Best, Matt

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  3. Please dont show up U.S…..please dont make this a war because its right. Just allow the refugees entry. we cant fix this, we tried once before n spent trillions on idk what….ammunition?

    Muslims are nice but terrorists suck
    We are all human so wtf
    Ill be here to comfort but not to carry
    N thats if u make it here by ferry


  4. Nice post, Matt. I myself have been silent since the attacks on Paris. Albeit the attacks being gruesome and we have to defend ourselves, we do want to overkill in not letting people in who need our help. My fear is posting my thoughts, yet not knowing the total information of what is going on in the world. It is quite easy to say just do not let them in, but is it the right thing to do? Also, is it what we all want to do to stop ISIL’s agenda? Great questions you posed.in this post and it does provide me with a topic to post about. Thank you for the post.

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