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Monday, January 12, 2015

1.5 Million Marched in Paris... That Should Fix Things

While the show of solidarity in Paris yesterday was indeed heartening, perhaps some perspective and soul-searching are called for.

Over the course of a few days, 17 precious human lives were snuffed out in France (and a larger number were wounded); a series of events which captivated the news for a week and caused a groundswell of emotional outpouring that culminated in a rally of more than 1.5 million people on the streets of Paris.

But during the same week, Boko Haram (a Jihadist organization that is indistinguishable from ISIS or Al Qaeda in its methods and goals), killed more than 2000 people in Nigeria!!! And in one of the week's attacks in Nigeria, Boko Haram used a little girl to carry out a suicide attack!!!

Where is the outpouring of rage and anguish? Where are the rallies? Why is the deliberate taking of those lives placed in a separate category and relegated to the middle pages of newspapers that people barely read?

A rally in Paris, no matter how big or well-meaning, will not stem the tide of what is quite obviously a global problem. 

Treating only the symptoms in a few posh locales will not eradicate an illness that respects no borders, boundaries or treaties. We are way past the point where kleenex and bandaids will help. 

And with all due respect to the good intentions of the world leaders who cared enough to show up and march in Paris... unless they can somehow translate that momentum into an international policy of absolute intolerance for ALL acts of terror - without regard for the victim's skin color or the creed they hold dear - I fear we are headed for a new dark age from which we may never emerge.


Posted by David Bogner on January 12, 2015 | Permalink


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I agree. I don't think the civilized part of the world has the fortitude to fight a war to win. no truces with all the weapons at our availability.

Posted by: dave | Jan 12, 2015 3:33:19 PM

When Blacks kill Blacks no one cares. But if a single weapon the Boko used had been sold to them by a Jew, you'd have heard about it.

Posted by: Garnel Ironheart | Jan 12, 2015 3:44:54 PM

Imagine how much smaller the world response would have been if the attacked publication had been run by and for Orthodox Jews. A big hint is the response to news that the Kosher Market was attacked. To many, we're evidently far less important than some trendy nihilist filth.

Posted by: RAM | Jan 12, 2015 4:57:05 PM

How far are we removed in France from the events of WW2 or even the Crusades. Far closer than many are willing to admit. What remains the same are Jews being hunted down and killed for being Jews. How many would have marched in Paris if the atrocity was limited to the Market.

Posted by: Ed | Jan 12, 2015 5:22:51 PM

there would not have a march at all

Posted by: dave | Jan 12, 2015 7:04:47 PM

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