Paris, Beirut and the terrorist attacks that are shaking the world

Suicide bomb attacks in Beirut one day, Paris under a state of emergency after a series of deadly terrorist attacks the following day, both incidents claimed by ISIS.
Is there any connection between the two? Why was the attack in Beirut not shown that much in the media? Why Paris again? Who can be blamed for the attack? How can Europe protect its citizens from such sad events?

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on 15 November 2015

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  • Patricia Papuc said on Reply

    I don`t understand who is financing ISIS but it is important to underline the fact that ISIS is formed by extremist people who have nothing to do with Islam because no religion on earth teaches you to kill. What annoys me is the way media is only showing some events and forgetting about others, it is as if some lives are more important then others. Lebanon was just before Paris and few people were talking about the event and when Paris happened everyone was talking about it. Paris is one of the major cities of Europe and it is also a city with a strong Muslim population, so it represents a good target and if you want to make a point it`s the perfect city because it is also one of the most important voices of the European Union. I think that these attacks in France are going to impact the issue of migration in Europe, since most migrants coming now are Muslim, I also think that the Schengen space and the EU common security system will be badly shaken now, I think that Europe can be more powerful only if countries work together, following the principles governing the EU: Unity in diversity.

  • Joost said on Reply

    It is always sad to see the media attention for terrorist attacks in a far away land. Land with names like Beirut, Iraq, or Afganisthan, where attacks on public places (for example, markets) happen every week. In the evening they have been forgotten, and in the eight a clock news they have been replaced with gossips about moviestars and a cat who looks grumphy*. But when a terrorist attack, an accident with a bus or a plane crash (for example, MH17) happens in the first world** it gives us the feeling that it can happen to us too. I think that is because we feel that these country’s are relative safe. The terrorist attacks in paris showed europe that this is not true, and that this can happen everywhere. But does it make me feel unsafe? No, it doesn’t. The chance that i get killed by a terrorist attack is 0,0000732%. Ofcourse these numbers are old, and with recent events they would be a little higher. But still, there is no reason to not visit a restaurant, theatre or a soccermatch . Because if we give in, and be scared for bombings in public places, we give the terrorist exactly what they want.
    *http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newsvideo/weirdnewsvideo/11850935/Grumpy-Cat-throws-the-first-pitch-at-baseball-game.html
    **https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_World

  • Adina Nistor said on Reply

    What is happening now is more and more frightening and I don’t think we respond very well to this, in the sense that we give in to fear and make decisions that will most likely lead to more conflicts. About the MM coverage, I thought about it, discussed about it and listened to mostly both sides of the argument. It is true that the MM in Europe and US cover more what happens, concerns the tragedies of the European countries. And leaves aside others. But I see that people, citizens do the same thing. I have seen a rapid change of FB profile pictures with the app that adds a filter of the French flag. When the Colectiv tragedy took place in Bucharest, many of my friends posted and still post about it every day. I think it’s just who and how we are… we sympathize more with those who are closer to us. It’s not that Lebanon does not matter, that those people don’t matter. But unfortunately its tragedy does not touch directly on the hearts of all the people. And that people frame it differently. I think Europeans react strongly to what happened in Paris because it means we can be next, it is so close. It is a mix of empathy and fear. I was talking recently with a friend from New Zealand. She showed me the main news website. That was before the Paris attack, but in general, there were no articles whatsoever on what we consider extremely important. In a way we are a global village, in another, every country is in its own little bubble, reacting to things that concern it more or less directly.

  • Sylvia Farkasovska said on Reply

    Until now, ISIS focused on securing the territory in Syria and Iraq proclaimed as caliphate. In spite of recruiting western foreigners, it was considered rather a “regional” threat than international. The attack on Charlie Harbo was claimed by ISIS, however, it was not confirmed to have been planned and organized in Syria or Iraq. The Friday attacks in Paris were thus the first ISIS attacks in western territory. In that manner, ISIS followed Al-Queda’s strategy in spreading fear and bringing the threat to Europe.

    France, one of the secular countries in Europe, has one of the largest Muslim populations in Europe. It has also been fighting extremist Islamists all over the world. There are over 3 000 French troops deployed in Western Africa, 2000 in Central Africa and 3 200 in Iraq.

    Lebanon borders with Syria, and houses more than 1 million refugees from neighbouring conflicts. A Shiite militant group and political party Hezbollah is based in Lebanon with strong prevalence in targeted area. ISIS members are Sunni and have refereed to Hezbollah as “the Shiite Satan party”. Shiites are considered deniers of the faith by Sunnis. Hezbollah also backs Al-Assad’s government’s fight against ISIS.

    The attacks in both countries were brutal and violent claiming lives of innocent people and spreading terror as intended. I read many comments on social media complaining about weak media coverage of Beirut’s attacks in comparison with the attacks in Paris. Then I came across an article in the Washington Post explaining how “the news” refers to something unusual. (the whole article can be found on https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/monkey-cage/wp/2015/11/16/why-have-the-paris-attacks-gotten-more-news-coverage-than-other-terrorist-attacks/)
    Yes, it is true, terrorist attacks in Western Europe are unusual, and while we all hope and believe it will stay that way, I often wonder whether we have become desensitise to violence in other countries, “those” other countries. Whether it needed attacks in Paris for us to realize what people in Syria, Iraq face daily and worse.

    The reprisals for the attacks will not only be noted in Syria (France launched an aerial attack on ISIS capital Raqqa on the 15th of November), but also here, in Europe. The situation with refugees seeking asylum in Europe is already dire. The V4 countries refused to accept any refugees from the beginning of the crisis and turned fully racist and discriminatory in their domestic policies after the attacks. The Hungarian Prime Minister Orban accused all refugees of being terrorists. The Slovak Prime Minister Fico implemented monitoring policies, claiming all Muslims living in Slovakia will be now watched. An article in yesterday’s Slovak newspaper reported police officers visiting hotels and hostels looking for Muslims and Arabs.

    Being Slovak myself, I am very concerned not only about certain governments’’ attempt to interconnect terrorist group with asylum seekers, but also about public’s response. There is a huge demand to educate and explain concept of terrorism and current situation in Syria, Iraq in order to
    abate fear and gain understanding. And compassion – the Syrian and Iraqi victims of ISIS as well as western air strikes are the same innocent victims as the people killed in terrorist attacks in Paris and Beirut.

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