The shootings in Paris the tail end of last week are still dominating the news, as one would expect. 17 people died during terrorist attacks on satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, police officers, and a kosher supermarket. In support, more than three million people have taken part in marches across France to represent unity. More than 40 world leaders joined the start of the Paris march, linking arms in an act of solidarity. These attacks have come under scrutiny and caused a number of political problems. One example of such was reported this morning in The Telegraph, as Fox News ‘terror expert’ declared everyone in Birmingham is a Muslim.
This issue has been discussed at length and has caused much conversation here in our Essex marketing and PR office.
The problem with incidents such as these, is that society tends to do a very good job of tarring everyone with the same brush. I find it astounding that Islam as a religion is being blamed for these attacks when it was clearly the actions of individual extremists that brought about these terrible circumstances. Already, attacks have been made on Mosques in Paris and the attitude that can be seen from seemingly reasonable people on the likes of Social Media begs belief. The sad truth is that every religion will have extremists; let’s take Anders Behring Breivik as an example of this. When he carried out his horrifying rampage there was little said that tarnished Christians. So why on earth is a different stance being taken for another faith?
Who do we blame for these attacks? The educational system, the views of ignorant parents being passed down the generations or the media?
How do we tackle extremism and the bad reputation it lays on innocents? The truth is the minority have caused problems here for everyone else and the attacks have been heavily publicised, 9/11, 7/7, the attacks in the last few days. It’s easy to see how a few individuals have caused mass hysteria but it is important to remember these three incidents have been spread out over 14 years.
Where do we go from here?
It’s terribly unfair and something needs to be done to separate them from those that wreck havoc and devastation.
It doesn’t help when the CEO and chairman of the worlds second largest media outlet antagonised the situation. “Maybe most Moslems peaceful,” Rupert Murdoch wrote on Twitter yesterday, “but until they recognise and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.”
I think I have made my point clear, but society as a whole needs to come together on this and come to one simple agreement –
We consider individuals like the Charlie Hebdo assailants exactly as what they are: animals who murder for murders sake, to incite the kind of religious conflict that the likes of those that are attacking mosques are indulging in. In turn we must treat Muslims as who they are: ordinary individuals who are as horrified at the prospect of terrorism as the next person, and wish to live their lives with their families, friends and faith without conflict – just like the rest of us.