Attack in Brussels
It always saddens me to wake up to the news of a terrorist attack. It’s an awful reminder that our world is in a state of crisis, and that we really aren’t safe anywhere we go. It’s also a reminder that this is just the fuel that Trump needs to support his radical views (sometimes I wonder if it is all connected). For those of us living in Canada, many are concerned with the influx of Syrian refugees coming to our country. It’s the fear of attracting extremists or being next on the ISIS hit list . Is this concern valid or is this a case of unreasonable paranoia?
The latest act of terror occurred in Brussels Tuesday morning, killing approximately 30 people and injuring over 200 more. It’s the latest of atrocities committed by extremist groups, and it feels like this chaos is occurring on a regular basis. Within this month alone there have been a number of attacks that received far less media attention. It reminded me of the Paris bombing in November. Lebanon was also bombed, 100 people were slaughtered in Kenya, yet the coverage was minimal or completely non-existent. Not to talk of the frequent bombings and massacres in Syria happening on a daily basis. So why do some attacks attract more attention than others? Is it because we are indoctrinated to believe that violence is a normal thing in those parts of the world? There seems to be far more shock value and concern (North American audience) associated with attacks that are carried out in the Western world. Research featured in the Washington Post has shown that North American media outlets are more likely to cover tragic events in wealthier countries, or in countries that North Americans identify with more. Would that make us selfish or realists?
As Brussels takes over national headlines, let’s take the time to remember some of the unknown or the forgotten.
March 13: Grand-Bassam, Ivory Coast
Death toll: 19 people
March 13: Ankara, Turkey
Death toll: 37 people
March 15: Mastaba, Yemen
Death toll: 119 people including 22 children
March 16: Maiduguri, Nigeria
Death toll: 24 people
March 19: Istanbul, Turkey
Death toll: 5 people
March 21: Bamako, Mali
Death toll: No casualties identified besides the death of one of the attackers
What does this mean for the rest of the world?
Prepare yourselves for anything. Don’t be so naive in believing that this can’t happen to you, but don’t be too paranoid either. At this time, it is very easy for us to get sucked into the fear mongering or anti – Islamic rhetoric. Yes, I get very pissed thinking about these terrorist groups, but disrespecting the random girl wearing the hijab will not solve the issue. There is more to this than any of us can and will ever understand. Let’s be smart, and actually take the time to develop a perspective not solely represented by a biased media outlet.
Regardless of it all, it doesn’t change the fact that lives will never be the same for people who happened to be in the right place at the wrong time. My heart goes out to the all those tragically affected by the attacks in Belgium on Tuesday.
Peace. Love. Unity