As I write this piece, the lights have dimmed in Paris after the ISIS attacked multiple locations in the City of Lights, including a huge concert hall, a cafe, a crowded bar and areas near the soccer stadium.
Immediately, there is a massive show of condemnation and sympathies from all over the world. Over 120 people were killed, and 350 people were hurt in what could be dubbed as the deadliest terror attack in Europe ever.
Bloodbath. Terror. Fear. Pitiless. Heartless.
These were just the words used to describe the “attack all over Paris”.
US President Barrack Obama described the attack “not just in Paris, not just in France. But an attack in all of humanity and the universal values that we share.” French president Francois Hollande called it as an “act of war.”
We were in shock after the 911 attacks in the United States about a decade a half ago.
Definitely, the coordinated attacks in Paris showed much sophistication years after the world witnessed one of the twin towers in the US was ruined by a plane. Then the Pentagon grounds.
There were a number of incidents attributed to suspected terrorists in the Philippines. There was also the Bali bombings in Indonesia, among others.
In the wake of terror and even the neutralisation of Osama bin Laden in the recent years, we still have in our midst the terror attacks in Europe.
What can we do? For now, we Pray for Paris. Pray for PEACE all over the world.
(photo credits: French graphic designer Jean Julien)