While Paris was bleeding

@troyburns (1428)
New Zealand
November 14, 2015 8:28pm CST
This too was going on: 43 killed and hundreds wounded as two suicide bombers rock Beirut. ISIS claims responsibility. Not what Lebanon needs right now as the country reels from political instability and the weight of 1.5 million refugees who have fled from neighboring Syria. In southern Afghanistan, rarely an oasis of peace, seven people from an ethnic minority - including a child - are decapitated by Islamic militants with ties to ISIS. A mass grave containing the bodies of 78 women has been uncovered in Iraq. These were the women from recently liberated Sinjar who weren't young enough to be used as sex slaves by ISIS jihadists. Meanwhile, in deepest darkest Africa, observers worry that Burundi might descend into a Rwandan-style genocide. It's only a decade since the end of a civil war which claimed 300,000 lives, and while the current squabbles between Hutu and Tutsi are minor - only a few hundred have died - the signs aren't good. A little to the north, the world's newest country - South Sudan - teeters on the brink of oblivion. Two years of civil war have left thousands dead, millions displaced, and the rest at risk of starvation. Then there are crises in the Central African Republic and the DR of Congo. There is Boko Haram in Nigeria and al-Shabaab in Somalia and Kenya. There are drug wars and child soldiers and millions enslaved. And all of this happens while the world mourns for Paris. Don't get me wrong. What happened there was evil and a tragedy, but please, let's have a little perspective. When we look toward France, we see OUR values and OUR way of life come under threat,and that's what ultimately matters. Our sympathy and prayers may in fact be saying more about our own self-interests than they are about the suffering of strangers. I know this is a hard idea to stomach, but we must not confuse our concern for Paris with a concern for all of humanity. Most of us really don't care that much.
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@poehere (17680)
• French Polynesia
15 Nov 15
No matter what it is a mess world wide. It is hard to deal with it all and Paris only happened yesterday. The rest of what you speak of has been going on for years. There is not much anyone can do about all this. Do you have a solution to deal with this mess?
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@troyburns (1428)
• New Zealand
15 Nov 15
@poehere - Hi Ann. All of the things I wrote about happened yesterday. The reason some of these situations have persisted or worsened over the years is because so few people know or care about them. I believe the first step toward a solution is for more of us to have a broader understanding of world events and press for change before a crisis point is reached. Unfortunately, we tend to wait until trouble is at our door before we get interested, and then wonder where it came from.
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@epiffanie (10458)
• Australia
16 Nov 15
I am teary while reading your post. We really need to start being concerned for all of humanity as you said. But it seems like the majority become only concerned when they, their families, their countries become direct victims of terrorism ..
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@troyburns (1428)
• New Zealand
16 Nov 15
@epiffanie - Thank you Bess. It's only natural to be most concerned about what directly impacts your own way of life, so I'm not being critical of the outpouring for Paris. I just think that a much broader perspective is needed if problems like this are to be understood and then solved. Africa is the big one for me. One day we are going to wake up and realize we've been ignoring it too long.
@PainsOnSlate (20662)
• Canada
16 Nov 15
I saw something very similar today being passed around Canada saying we should all be praying for the world not just for Paris because we forget that other countries struggle every day with terrorism.
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@troyburns (1428)
• New Zealand
16 Nov 15
Yes, it's sad that we don't recognize that more often. I don't want to belittle anyone's sympathy for those in Paris, but when we elevate the importance of one atrocity, we risk diminishing the importance of others. That'can be divisive, and what we need more of now is unity.
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@Rollo1 (16685)
• Boston, Massachusetts
15 Nov 15
Christians are being systematically exterminated in the Middle East, and they garner the least attention of all.
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@troyburns (1428)
• New Zealand
15 Nov 15
Not just in the ME - though that's certainly serious enough. Sub-Saharan Africa is a hotbed of extremism which the world chooses to ignore. It's time to acknowledge - as those in power refuse to do - that most terrorism IS religiously motivated, and although North Korea is a notable exception, it's one religion in particular that is persecuting Christians. It might also help if evangelical types stopped making martyrs out of folks like Kim Davis and started talking about REAL persecution.