Terror attacks : a crisis for Civilisation

Since Arab Spring, there have been warnings. Come 2014, there was the famous hashtag : #NousSommesChretiens, which accompanied the social media movement in solidarity for Christians and all other victims of ISIS. Not once did our leaders act upon all best intentions. In France, the only politician to thoroughly fight for action was and still is, François Fillon, now joined by many others at last.

Why? Why does the Western world wait for an event so cruel, so horrid to finally defiantly pronounce itself? Was not last year, last summer and the summer of 2014, as the Islamic State gained ground throughout Iraq and Syria, not enough? The refugee crisis did not start over night nor did it begin last June (as Hungary reminds the rest of Europe continuously). What happened in Beirut is a testament that Lebanon, nation, which has enough on its plate, especially this year, is cracking, faster than poor Mother Nature would appreciate. Lebanon, like the West, has a government, which has turned a blind eye to what Syria has to suffer.… maybe  because of the war in 1975… As a certain Lebanese woman now living in Paris said: “It is no longer the same place.” with a chagrin unparalleled. What happened in Garissa is testament that extremists are ferocious and love blood spilt everywhere. It is a crude horrible truth but was it necessary for many world leaders to wait until the events in Paris, events of the 13 November, forever etched in our minds, to act and declare war?

During the following week in Strasbourg, at the World Forum for Democracy, the French journalist, Nicolas Hénin, was kind enough to relate about  his time as captive of ISIS, more of an explanation of what ISIS is and what governments should do in the wake of these recent events than anything else. Against the French paper, Valeurs Actuelles, against the notion of talk with Syria’s neighbors, he failed to mention a few key elements in this war… the desecration of the wondrous and illustrious past of Orient, the new order in the city streets  of Syria and Iraq, the actions against Muslims but mostly Christians from Orient.

Now, a month later, what can we, as Civilisation, do and say? Hénin and the likes of said journalist oppose negotiations or any form of diplomacy. Turkey (and Russia to an extent) is playing a double game, a collection of dangerous chess board moves; a dishonest businessman in the States is continuing his mass march towards racism (if he hasn’t reached said goal already); France is losing its self-perseverance bit by bit as the rest of Europe is also veering towards far-right political control, recipe for disaster and destruction. To what ends will we go before acting rationally? Shall we disgrace international law as Cheney and Bush achieved in 2003 with Iraq or shall we be “forgiving” and not hate as the young French father who lost his wife in the attacks of the 13 November? Shall we continue turning a blind eye to those so-called allies who, in turn, do the same to the turmoil in their own great region and refuse to help those, who share their language and or basic religious beliefs? Flexing our nationalist muscles will only reward the Islamic State more and lessen the definition of humanity. Faith or no faith? Rationality or no rationality? Common sense or no common sense? That is the question.

I leave you with two videos: one, a journalism report from ARTE on a Christian church choir from Damas, Syria, when they were visiting Strasbourg to perform during the Sacrées Journées Festival, festival celebrating fraternity between world religions and the music of each of all those religions; the second, the reaction of André Manoukian, who spoke during a radio program of FranceInter.


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