I have come across many knee-jerk posts about Paris, watched as they lingered and got stuck in emotional quicksand: fear, pain, anger, and finally hate. Exclamation marks were profuse. This is natural for those directly affected by the incidents in Paris. The rest of us though are not cut this slack. We have a responsibility to explore the ‘whys’ in this narrative, because if we don’t, we abandon this issue to politicians who are already overburdened with conflicting interests.
The video below by Owen Jones is a good place to start. When you’re ready for more information, read Robert Fisk, a journalist based in the Middle East and has been reporting on ISIS for a while. He has both facts and insights about the chaos in the region, and why and how it spreads.
Whatever it is you do, feel, believe in, peace.