I wish to give my condolences to all the families and those effected by the Paris attacks and hope to see that beautiful city healed. That said, I also wish to give my condolences to all families and those effected by the attacks in Beirut. I also wish to give my condolences to all families and those effected by terrorist events that happen EVERY DAY in Africa, which gets no US media coverage or tributes to the dead. I wish to give my condolences to all families of those killed and effected by the two rare cyclones that hit Yemen as well as all climate events globally and to all in Yemen who innocently suffer the bombardment of Saudi Arabia, the home of terrorism for an oil route as the US media turns a blind eye to the devastation and misery there.
I wish to give my condolences to all innocent children in Syria and their families in refugee camps who have been victims of war and of climate change which led to civil war which has now led to the destruction of their culture and their land all for dueling pipelines which has now only fueled more terrorism. I wish to give my condolences to the innocent refugees risking their lives to seek a better life for their children because the same terrorism that touched France has been destroying their lives for years.
I wish to give my condolences to those in Afghanistan who were attending weddings only to be killed by a drone. I wish to give my condolences to all the families of those killed in the attack of a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan. (Of course, the US military commanders can always say any bombing was a "mistake" and seek to downplay their carnage. That certainly does not help the cause of peace and sending a message that innocents are not the enemy.)
I wish to give my condolences to all families of US soldiers sacrificed by the government for those pipelines in this perpetual and never ending resource war that has now laid waste to more than half of this Earth. I wish to give my condolences to the people of Iraq who now suffer with cholera and the effects of a war that was one of the most heinous crimes against humanity. I wish to give my condolences to a^ll who are denied water due to it being used as a weapon of war and economics which is also a crime against humanity and nature. I wish to give my condolences to the families of thousands in Haiti who have died from cholera that was brought in by UN workers who have yet to take responsibility for it.
Finally, I wish to give my pity to those who cannot understand that we are all humans- and that regardless of what country you live in you are no less worthy of compassion than anyone else.
All of the tributes to Paris and the lighting of landmarks and the flowers is all very sweet. However, people in Palestine are shot daily and there are no flowers. People in the CAR, MILLIONS of them have been slaughtered for political agendas and out of hatred and yet no tributes to them. People are now dying in climate disasters globally including the US that the US media does not even have the temerity to tell the truth about the cause and yet where are their tributes?
This exclusivity in and of itself is the root cause of the hatred and resentment that is leading this world to the abyss. For decades we have bombed, stolen resources and sought to keep those we saw as unworthy down in order to have geopolitical and economic dominion. This can only be a way of life for so long. Sooner or later those regardless again of where they live will seek to balance the scales- and that almost always results in innocents being killed with the cycles of violence and hatred continuing.
It is time to stop answering violence with violence. What was the first thing Hollande did after the Paris attacks? Bomb Syria. Does he not realize that is a huge reason why these attacks are occurring? Of course no terrorist attack is validated but again, how can a bomb being dropped in a place where innocent children die not be seen as fanning the flames?
Will we as a species ever come to the conclusion that perhaps violence and war are not the answer? Or have we with war as now with climate change gone too far to contain it?
I do think most of the people of France do not want to see more bombing in Syria. Matter of fact, I think most people in this world do not want to see anymore war and violence. That does give me hope. I have said it before and I will say it again: This world will forever remain out of balance and in disarray the longer we continue to ignore the connection between caring for this Earth in concert with humanity. I pray that has not been lost forever.
Thanks for reading if you got this far.