It’s a shame that I even have to make this post. It’s early on Saturday morning, and yet, here I am, not even out from beneath the covers of my bed.
Paris is reeling. More than 125 are dead in what was a series of coordinated, simultaneous terrorist attacks that ISIS is taking credit for.
What can you really say? This is an unprecedented tragedy and the entire world is mourning.
But here is what I’ve decided: terrorism, sadly, is something that may never go away. There will always be extremists out there who are disillusioned enough to believe that murder and chaos is the only means to an end in order to achieve the world that they desire.
And while they gloat about and praise these cowardly acts, the only way to properly defy them is to let them know that nothing they can do will make us cower in fear. Nothing will let us change who we are. We will not subscribe our lives to the fear of terrorism.
They can’t win, ever, because they can not break our spirit.
And that’s what needs to happen moving forward. Petty disagreements surrounding political emails, oil, the South China Sea, and a piece of paper determining how many centrifuges Iran can spin need to be be put aside so we can look at the bigger picture.
What ISIS did on Friday night in Paris is an act of war. Now it’s up to the rest of the world to decide what they want to do next. We have truly reached a defining moment in history. And that’s where everyone’s focus should lie. How we react to this, both politically, mentally, and spiritually. Most importantly, it’s something that we all need to do together.
People are still haunted by the American wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. Any mention of sending troops overseas is met with backlash. When we send special forces to Syria, the predominant question is whether there will be “American boots on the ground?” No one wants any more Americans to die in a war on foreign land.
Thus far into his presidency, Barack Obama has refrained from starting a new war for that very reason. But to say that he hasn’t tried anything to stop ISIS is flat-out untruthful. A clandestine drone campaign has been ongoing for months. The operation just recently killed a notable ISIS executioner.
Will that policy change? It’s possible. Acts of evil can change the minds of even the most staunchest pacifists.
But that’s for world leaders to decide.
As for the rest of us, we can do our part by standing together as one. Never mind your religion, skin color, ethnicity, immigration status, salary, or political views.
Let’s unite under a more simple concept.