We cannot continue to pretend as if these horrid acts are occurring on their own, nor can we shy away from accepting responsibility for the innocent blood that has been shed as a direct result of our actions.
Xenophobic thinking is a cancer on American society and inimical to global peace and stability. While we'll never completely eradicate this sort bigotry, it's imperative that we turn things around -- and soon.
The massacres that struck at the heart of Paris constitute an attack on all human-kind and the values shared by human civilization in modern times.
The deathblow to xenophobia against Syrian refugees here was the actual identities of the attackers--virtually all of those involved, aside from the dead owner of the passport, were either French or Belgian.
Any rational person would have to agree that the world stands a better chance of effectively fighting IS together, than separately.
Based on President Obama's defiant ("I know better than everyone") defensive crouch at his post-Paris attacks G-20 Turkey press conference don't expec...
The natural reactionary impulses that tend to rise to the top in the wake of absurdity are the ones that need to be tempered most. The fear created by the terrorist act craves for certainty. But certainty, which should not be comingled with confidence, can blind one to other considerations.
For those who remember when the first towers fell on 9/11, there is an unnerving feeling of déjà vu about the Paris attacks.
On Friday morning, reports began to break out that an American airstrike had managed to kill Mohammed Emwazi, known, though he shouldn't be, as Jihadi John.
It is apparent that there is a politics of empathy and grief in the West; empathy and related emotions have fallen victim to Orientalism that refuses to acknowledge the dignity, respect, and worth of the persons slaughtered on an all fronts.
Even if the French wholeheartedly embraced this plan, it's not going to happen overnight. And a lot of brave soldiers are going to die in the effort -- there is no getting around that. Whether this price is politically acceptable is up to the French people, really. It's for them to decide.
In rightfully and legitimately condemning selective grief, Lebanon (and for that matter the entire world) forgets that it is a country that selectively grieves all the time.
We cannot tolerate intolerance and violent extremist views that are unwilling to accept co-existence with others different from themselves. These extremists are the minority in our society, but unfortunately those who are practicing active tolerance are also in the minority. There are too many of us sitting in silence, unable or unwilling to take action.
The Paris attacks aimed to further expand an existing wedge in France, and Europe at large, with many citizens of the Muslim faith. Western societies have a clear choice: allow jihadist violence to further divide or use it as fuel for greater unity.
Those who showed their support for Paris have to be shamed for daring to be so insensitive. How did we get to this point? Why do we need to antagonize people when they grieve, when they are scared? Why can't we just accept people's feelings and then try to educate?
The many pots are calling the kettle black. Promiscuous American military intervention in the Middle East long has promoted the worst forms of violence and terrorism.