We’ve all heard the news by now. The atrocity of the terrorist attacks on the capital city of France have rocked the world, leaving at least 127 dead and hundreds more injured, many critically. There are no words I can write here that can convey the shock and sadness we’re feeling from across the channel. Some of my friends who live in that beautiful city have described the scene and it doesn’t want repeating. Thankfully they are all safe.
I don’t want to sit here and recycle social media thoughts and trends, because you’ve read them already. I’m not going to sit here and write about the evil that carried these attacks out. I’m not going to sit here and compare tragedies from across the globe. And I’m not going to sit here and write about the sudden racially-fuelled hate against the 1.6 billion people who practice a religion. You’ve seen it all already.
What I am going to do is write about the brilliance of the decent people in this world. In the most harrowing of times and the most frightening of scenes, good human beings come out and show their love and show solidarity. The London Eye, the Sydney Opera House, the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin, the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai. Even our Facebook profile pictures. All lit up in the blue, white and red of France. The thoughts of the whole world are with them and that is more powerful than any act of hate. Countries may have rivalries, in sport and in history, but when the going gets tough, we pull together. That is quite admirable. That is worth holding on to in this battle of good versus evil.
We can’t escape the tragedy of the situation. This is the deadliest act of terror in Europe since the train bombings of Madrid in 2004, but our desire to stand by our allies and our friends in times of need will always come through. This war against terror is going to be tough. It’s going to be bloody and I’m afraid this won’t be the last time this kind of event will tear lives apart. However, if we can stick together and show that love beats hate, we will win.
We will win.
7 days into this year of 2015, France was thrown into chaos after the Charlie Hebdo shootings. Once again, the mourning process has begun, and once again they will recover and carry on. For that is what the good people of this world are best at. Carrying on.
To Paris, to France and to the decent people of human kind:
“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.” Martin Luther King was one of our good guys.
Remember his words.