On the one hand, it feels wrong to give the terrorists any of our time, but on the other hand, if it is ignored, that is a kick in the teeth for the victims of the attacks. Ultimately, I decided I would publish this post because I feel what’s happening is too big to ignore.
Firstly, I would like to express my heart felt sympathies to everyone who lost their lives or their loved ones or were affected in any way by the recent attacks in Beirut, Paris and Bali. In fact, I would like to extend that to anyone who has been touched by terror attacks anywhere at any time.
The people responsible for these attacks are sending a message: fear us.
We must not give into that fear.
The aim seems to be to divide us. For a small minority, it seems to be working. I have read countless attacks on the entire Muslim community across Facebook and Twitter and it both saddens and sickens me.
It saddens me that these terrorists are killing in the name of a religion that on the whole is a peaceful religion.
It saddens me that seemingly intelligent people are falling into the trap of blaming all Muslims. The extremists who carry out the attacks make up around 0.03% of all Muslims. From what I have witnessed personally, the Muslim community as a whole are as disgusted and shocked at the killings as any religion.
It sickens me that the terrorists have succeeded, even if only in a few cases, in making people turn on each other.
Surely if all non-Muslims attack innocent Muslims, eventually, they will fight back. We will wipe each other out and do the terrorist’s jobs for them.
Lets not forget that these terrorists kill indiscriminately. Remember that the attack that happened in Paris, that got the most media attention here in the UK (whether because they are our neighbour and ally or because the people took to social media to continue the discussion from what they had read is another story), that was needlessly barbaric, and killed over 100 innocent people, is only the tip of the iceberg when compared to Syria.
Those refugees that some people want to blame for all of this live in a country that suffers attacks like that every single day. Those people aren’t coming here to hurt us, they are coming here because the other option is to die.
I hold my hands up. My first, knee jerk reaction to the Paris attacks was to say we have to close the borders. Not because I think the Syrian people deserve to die, but because I was worried that the terrorists could enter under the guise of being a refugee.
After the initial shock wore off, and I thought about it logically, I realised that not only will closing the borders not stop the terrorists getting in if they are determined enough, but also, that that would be playing into their hands. We would be allowing fear to divide us, and fear to rule us.
It is time to stop thinking of people as Muslim or Christian, forget gender, nationality or political views.
It is time to go back to basics and remember we are all people.
It is time to stand together, united, and show these terrorists that we will not be divided by fear.
We will stand united together, as one nation.
We will not allow their hatred to poison us against one another.
We are united. We are one.
Please feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments, even if they are different to mine, but please keep them civil!