The Paris terrorist attacks on the evening of 13th November 2015 are tragic and as usual the innocent pay, 129 people lost their lives in this viscous attack. Many people in France, USA, Germany, UK and throughout Europe are claiming to stand shoulder to shoulder against such attacks and this is good news. I believe that terrorism and violence is never the answer and if we the people really want to stand shoulder to shoulder against terrorism we should stand shoulder to shoulder against all terrorism. Whether it be terror orchestrated by Israel, USA, UK, NATO or the United Nations, when reading news reports on this attack I cannot help but notice the scaremongering and hate spreading tactics the media are using. The media present terrorism as a problem that is exclusive to Islam but the facts and the stats clearly show that is not the case.
All war is terrorism so why do the people not stand shoulder to shoulder with the victims of terrorism in Palestine or in Iraq after our armies murdered over one million people in Iraq according to some reports? Or Libya? The media (even the Guardian so called left wing media) completely dismiss the possibility that a poor and overly aggressive foreign policy is the main cause of terrorism, how can they be so certain of this? At times like this it is important that people do not let the propaganda filled mainstream media influence the way we think. The attackers should obviously be treated the same as any murderers are treated but we should not hold the whole of the Islamic world responsible for the actions of a few.
I fear this attack could be used to fight more unjust wars and as a method to take a little more freedom and power from the people. Political censorship of the internet is already destroying freedom of speech and freedom of expression, it removes one side of the story and leaves the people in the dark reading war mongering propaganda. When the people are reading this war mongering corporate propaganda they believe they are well informed but in fact they are not and when the public are not well informed on current foreign affairs, they cannot make well informed decisions. If we let our media guild us they will guild us straight in to another meaningless war that will kill innocent people, cost a fortune and still fail to prevent terrorism in fact it would feed terrorism!
The problem I see is our (Western) governments have been fighting and backing wars and terrorism for many years now but as soon as an attack comes back; they suddenly become outraged by terrorism and violence despite the fact terrorism, violence and exploitation has been much of their own foreign policy.