Jacob Appelbaum's opening remarks at the World Forum for Democracy 2015, posted November 20th, should be required viewing on the internet today as the power brokers of the world meet in Paris to discuss climate catastrophe shadowed by terrorism.
While the confusion that follows any terror attack the magnitude of Paris is to be expected, certain reactions in these moments can have dire policy implications on the efforts to contain terror globally.
Both the War on Terror and the War on Drugs have created larger problems than they have solved, and have been exploited for aims other than the stated objectives of stopping acts of terror and the flow of drugs.
I discuss the Paris and Beirut attacks in relation to the media response, selective empathy, and the 'what-about-ery' reaction.
The Paris attacks have prompted people of all faiths and views to urge unity as a cure for terrorism. I agree that unity is a cure for terrorism. What I am less content with is that terrorism is the reason for unity. As long as fear is our motivation to unite, in the absence thereof we will also avoid unity.
It seems like the Western world has not yet made a distinction between the minority of so-called Muslims who engage in violent, suicidal operations and the vast peaceful majority of Muslims scattered across the world, who are constructively contributing to the progress of their societies.
With the holiday season upon us, thousands of victims of terrorism will struggle to celebrate in the midst of the recent attacks against Russia, Lebanon and France. With hundreds more dead at the hands of ISIS, al Qaeda and their affiliates, we shed tears, share in their pain and mourn their losses.
The idea that crisis will bring the continent together no longer rings true in Europe. The only way the EU will work is if it, like any other well-functioning federation, has a strong center. For that to happen, individual nations need to give up a measure of domestic sovereignty. Yet, each crisis seems to have had the opposite effect, pushing the union toward a breakup as member states jealously guard their sovereignty.
LONDON -- I recently traveled to Paris from London. It takes two and a half hours by train. We are neighbors, our histories and populations intertwined. My 10-year-old granddaughter will go there this week with her parents as a birthday treat. She loves everything she has learned about Paris. So, like other Londoners, and citizens of free societies everywhere, she was horrified by the recent atrocities there. I suppose, she said, it could have happened here.
he way I see it, human beings are fleeing oppression and we have a secular moral obligation to help. America is a nation of immigrants -- many of which came here fleeing oppression. We should be able to empathize with these Syrian refugees.
Let us set aside our emotional desire for revenge, however difficult, and take the hard road that will achieve our long-term goals.
We are the land of the free, and the home of the brave. We do not shut down religious institutions or turn away three-year-old orphans begging for our help.
Fear is toxic to a democracy. Fear divides. Fear overreacts. Fear discriminates. It's a lesson we've learned throughout our history, from the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798 to the imprisonment of Japanese Americans during World War II to the post-9/11 Patriot Act.
The aftermath of Paris seems likely to be intensified bombing raids in Syria, closed borders, heightened fear-based security and the deletion of "the gray zones of coexistence" across the planet.
What makes the Republicans discourse' on Islam and the Muslim world dangerous is that it is disseminated through a wide and powerful network of media outlets and rightwing think tanks then consumed by a public with no direct contact or firsthand knowledge of the Muslim world.
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