On November 13, disaster struck Paris. The attacks were the deadliest in France since World War II and the deadliest in Europe since the Madrid train bombings in 2004.
Multiple organized terrorist attacks hit the capital of France and a suburb called Saint-Denis. The attacks came in forms of mass shootings, suicide bombings, and the taking of hostages. Three suicide bombings happened outside the Stade de France. Also, there were other suicide bombings at four places near central Paris. The deadliest attack was at the Bataclan Theatre, where terrorists took random citizens in hostage.
The Islamic State of Iraq (ISIS) claimed responsibility for the attacks. French President François Hollande said, “an act of war, planned in Syria, organized in Belgium, perpetrated on our soil with French complicity.”
The attacks killed 129 people in total, and of the 129, 89 people were at the Bataclan Theatre. Also 433 people were sent to hospital with injuries, 80 described as being critically injured. Seven attackers involved in the terrorist attacks were killed.
A state of emergency was put in place the first since 2005, and borders have been placed on high security control.
Many people want an answer about how to take down ISIS, but as one CNN journalist said, there’s simply no way and it isn’t an easy fix. A former softball coach of mine posted a heated argument on Facebook about how we as Americans react to national tragedies. Even though I don’t agree with every point he made, I full-heartedly agreed with a specific one.
He talked about how Facebook allowed people to make their profiles a French flag and how he saw millions of posts about Americans sending their condolences to France. He stated that we all send our thoughts and prayers, change our profile pictures and make bible length posts about how we are saddened by the attack, but, that is all we do, then we continue to our own lives. And that to me, is an interesting way to look at our society.
Senior Chelsea McCormick had some words to say about the attacks: “I think the attack was a barbaric event used to have people fear ISIS. The attacks causes countries to reevaluate their relations and immigration laws at hand. The actions taken out by a relatively small part of the Islamic population have perpetuated the fear case upon their race. It is unfair. On a lighter note, the attack provides an example of how countries band together after one is attacked.”