News Staff, Mia Gilbertson

What Are We To Do?

November 19, 2015


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When our Twin Towers fell, many countries showed their support. The Star Spangled Banner echoed over Buckingham Palace in London. Flowers, fallen petals, hand written condolences and cards were left at the foot of the U.S Embassy in Beijing. A silent prayer accompanied by soft sobs, filled every church and monastery in Romania. Pakistanis, Israelis, and Kuwaitis drew their blood and sent it overseas. Flags flew at half staff in Turkey. Radio stations were hushed, and televisions screens went black in Russia. Shops and pubs lit their red “closed” signs in Dublin. All across the globe, children took a moment from class to bow their heads in silence. Candles were set with small flames in town squares and capitals. And this is hardly the half of it. Countless countries designated a day to mourn the deaths of those who died on September 11, 2001.





Unfortunately, we have yet another day for mourning. A day where monuments would be illuminated with the colors of France. On November 13, 2015, Paris suffered 7 coordinated terrorist attacks. 129 people died and 352 wounded. First, there was an explosion at the Stade de France. Then a bar and a restaurant, both situated on Rue Alibert, that simultaneously faced a brutal shooting. Not long after, there was another shooting a few streets down. Just a few minutes, and one could hear the boom of a suicide bomber who detonated in another restaurant. Next was the the attack in the Bataclan concert hall. One of the three shooters was shot and killed, but consequently his suicide belt was triggered. His two brothers followed suit and ended up detonating as well. There is much more to know, however I am sure that information is well within your grasp. The real question is, what is there to be done? What can be done? What do you think should be done? But that’s where the controversy lies, isn’t it? We can all unite under blue, white, and red stripes, but we have yet to agree on a course of action.  


The words war and Radical Islam are not particularly welcomed terms. They’re too politically charged I suppose. For years now, the United States of America has fought about whether or not it should get involved in the Middle East. Many believe it’s not our fight, and then those same people cry at the sight of Paris and of a young refugee boy washing up on Canadian shores. They want to take in these refugees, but not fight the very thing that they’re running from. Understandably, supporting these refugees is noble, really, it is, but by doing so a country would have to risk it’s own nation’s security. Might I mention that The Telegraph along with USA Today has confirmed that at least one of the terrorists that participated in the attacks had made his way into Paris as a refugee. On November 16, 2015, USA Today published an article revealing that at least 24 of our state’s governors are now opposed to taking in refugees because of the tragedy in Paris.




But Turning a blind eye to refugees seeking safety is harsh and cruel. B risking the safety and stability of a country’s own citizens contradicts the core role of government, to protect its citizens from outside threats. Really though, taking in refugees is only the second issue at hand. The first is creating a solution. It’s finding that light at the end of the tunnel. The act of taking in refugees alone, is means with no end and no country can sustain these large waves of refugees for ever. As much as some would like to deny, the war in the Middle East is our problem, it is the world’s problem. All those who do not comply, are targets in the eyes of Radical Islam. This is, infact, an issue of global concern. So what is the world going to do about it? What are we going to do?


If I said “war,” well, I could already imagine the criticism. To send our own troops, is to send our fathers, mothers, sons and daughters to face possible death. To get involved, would mean interfering with a country’s sovereignty. It would mean casualties and innocent civilians finding themselves caught in crossfire.


Isn’t there another way? Would a suicide bomber be willing to listen to a voice of peace and reason? Then could he be convinced before the timer stops ticking? How long should he be given? Ten? Nine? Eight maybe? What happens when we reach five, five seconds before sturdy walls of concrete are reduced to nothing but rubble? Five seconds before another 81 lives are lost. Five seconds isn’t enough.

War or not, I’d suggest we act before another timer runs out. How long do we have before the next tragedy.

There’s 9/11, and now, 11/13, and I hope to God that’s that last of it, but that’s not God’s decision to make.

It’s ours.


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