There should be no question in anyone's mind that the Paris attacks last weekend have forced the entire country and the nation's leaders to reassess the scope of the terrorism problem, the absolute terror and brutalization that the Islamic State represents, and France's role in countering international terrorism more broadly.
Hours after the Paris attack, the fiery rhetoric emitted in France was reckless. President Francoise Hollande promised a "pitiless" counter-offensive. Within a day, France launched massive airstrikes against the ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq.
I write to you, sending hope from Harlem, that in the midst of it all, the scripture, "God will be a very present help, a shelter in a time of storm," will help to begin the healing. We pray for our President, the President of France, and all leaders that must make some very difficult decisions.
In the last few days, Paris has been in the news and on our minds for all the wrong reasons... tragic reasons. And still, there is no doubt that with its indomitable spirit and enduring troves of art and culture, the city -- and France itself -- will overcome.
Military responses are incompatible with the values of democracy. Sending troops means bringing home body bags. Dropping bombs means killing civilians, and ultimately far more civilians than military targets. Waging war means creating desperate refugee populations with no safe place to go.
Our strategy of war has not been very effective in terms of quelling global terrorism, and it has eroded all of the goodwill we experienced after 9/11. We responded to our tragedy by calling it war instead of murder. I beg the people of France not to make the same mistake America did.
Just what people call this group is important because different names create different degrees of familiarity or foreignness with specific target audiences in order to recruit supporters, identify enemies or persuade the undecided.
We shouldn't refuse a gesture of love, an act of simple gratitude, or a nod to solidarity because it's not big enough. Every profile page turned to the color of France's flag creates a momentary awareness of the trauma of terrorism, no matter where it strikes.
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(photo: Pascal Chevallier)
I wish we could be certain that our political leaders would always react to dramatic events only after thoroughly analyzing the situation to determine the most adequate and commensurate response.
For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks.
Filters don't change the world. For the most part, they're just a way for you to show your online friends you support something in that moment. Within a day or two, most filters give way to new profile pics and all is forgotten... until, usually, another senseless act or weather-related horror occurs.
The Lebanese government's reputation couldn't be worse, especially the ministry of interior and Al Machnouk. Ever since the trash protests escalated in Beirut last August, all eyes have been on the Internal Security Forces (ISF) and Nohad Al Machnouk
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Violence is the last refuge of the weak. The brainwashed, deluded slaves of savage megalomaniacs can decide to take people's lives, but only we can decide whether or not they take our minds.
In what sense is ISIS Muslim? They are the fringe and extreme minority yet the most radical and furthest away from Islam and Muslims. They have named themselves Islamic, robbed the language of the Quran, and donned on 7th century dress and symbols.