In the wake of yesterday’s attack on Paris, I can’t help but to reflect on the numerous violent occurrences going on around the world in recent months and the past year. It has me wondering, “Is this what the people of the world felt like before World War I and World War II?
Yesterday’s unprovoked attacks on civilians and private citizens as they went about their daily business, of a nation who is not at war, is a clear declaration of war against said nation. However, who has made this declaration? It is not a country. It is not a recognized union
of countries. It is a group of radicals that definitively fall under the caption of “Terrorists”. They are a group of extremists who have openly verbally declared war on the world.
I find myself dumbfounded, and stunned at those individuals who think this is the correct way
to get their message across, especially those who claim to be doing so in the name of religion.The individuals randomly attacked yesterday had no link to your religious war. They were simply men, women, and children who were enjoying a meal, or watching a soccer game, or viewing a rock concert. Where is the message in attacking any of these people or venues? In previous wars and conflicts each move and counter move had a clear message and reason. I see none in these needless violent acts that continue to escalate.
The definition of War is, “a state of armed conflict between different nations or states or different groups within a nation or state.” as sited by Google. If this is the case then what occurred yesterday and the much publicized “War on Terrorism” cannot be a war. There must be a nation or state attached to the uprising group for it to be war. These terrorists have no set country, no actual territory that they are protecting. They are simply a bunch of screwed up individuals who wish to feel they are doing something noble with their lives calling themselves warriors. When in reality all they really are, are cowards hiding behind masks, attacking unwitting citizens in areas that are supposed to be safe and neutral. They are bullies forcing their will at all costs on the masses who do not have the same beliefs or philosophies.
These few cowards in their drive to spread their agendas and message through fear and oppression have accomplished two things,
- They have diluted the true meaning of their message, minimizing any positive strides that peaceful believers may have achieved. They have done more
harm for their cause than good, and are blind to the negative
affect their actions and their own hate have had on their own cause.
- They have united the world against their message of hate and violence negating any understanding of what the intent of these actions actually are for anything other than fear, and tyranny.
So, how do we end this needless violence against a cowardly enemy that has no face, in a war that has no decipherable boarders? This is not a war. It is chaos. It is anarchy on the greatest scale. It is Armageddon with no face. I have no answers as to how to stop the insanity, or resolve the major issue at hand, except to say that love, acceptance, and understanding ultimately wins against hatred, bias, and judgement. My fears are that we are on the brink of a world war that cannot be won, as there is no clear enemy, just a bunch of angry individuals in need of anger management classes who are acting out in the most horrific and wide scale violent ways possible. I am saddened by the direction I see the world going in, and what my children and their children will be left with once this tyrannical behavior hits its climax. I can only hope that before all is lost, these misguided individuals will realize that their methods are not the way to create positive change in the world, and will find a more peaceful, open minded way to get their message to the masses.