- great paradoxical absurdity > appalling violence in Paris > parts of media + certain individuals + groups = advocating denial of sanctuary to refugees – people who have experienced very same violence (at the hands of very same fundamentalists) = as a daily reality
- one must empathise with those refugees fleeing violence and terrorism
- exploiting anger + fear felt by so many people across the world in the aftermath of these horrible attacks, purely to further own Islamophobic + xenophobic narrative = misdirected anger + hatred = inexcusable + entirely unhelpful.
- solidarité which must prevail
- our obligations > kind of violence + terror from which refugees are fleeing
- observe somewhat selective humanity + relative silence from same people in relation to events in Beirut + similar violence across the world
- emergence of refugee crisis + displacement of millions of people = considered a consequence, in part, of failings of incoherent + ineffective foreign policy of certain Western countries
Find also to read:
- Religion, fundamentalism and murder
- Do we have to be an anarchist to react
- Wrong ideas about religious terrorism
- Massive police operation in northern Paris suburb of Saint-Denis
- French Muslims under attack
The great paradoxical absurdity is that, because of the appalling violence in Paris on Friday night, parts of the media and certain individuals and groups are now advocating the denial of sanctuary to refugees – people who have experienced the very same violence (at the hands of the very same fundamentalists) but as a daily reality. For such people to express moral outrage and horror at the actions of the terrorists in Paris whilst simultaneously proposing that we withhold protection from refugees fleeing such violence in their own countries, it is entirely contradictory. If one genuinely feels outrage at the death of 129 people and injury of many more on Friday night in Paris, and empathises with the families of those killed, then one must empathise with those refugees fleeing violence and terrorism. Anything less is simply moral hypocrisy.
However, such moral outrage is not authentic, but opportunistic – exploiting the anger…
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