Overwhelmed at the brutal killings of November 13, 2015 in Paris, at the pointless loss of so many precious and innocent lives, I think no words of condemnation are sufficient to express one’s outrage at this senseless act of cowardice, this barbarity. For the sake of fairness and justice to those large numbers of Muslims who also have been a continued target of terrorist acts at the hands of the very same people, let’s be equally sensitive and humane towards every single human atrocity. For the sake of fairness and justice to all, I think it is important that we differentiate between people who teach violence and hatred from those who are victims of it, irrespective of their religious denominations. I feel using a very broad term “Islamic” or “Muslim” terrorism for this menace, and thus clubbing every Muslim together in one single box is not only irresponsible and insensitive but can have dangerous consequences, as we have seen time and again.
Today, while we are mourning the heinous acts of violence against many innocent (non-Muslim) civilians in Paris, let’s not forget the terror attack in Beirut which happened only hours before the Paris attacks and in which 43 innocent civilians — Muslims of a certain denomination, were killed by people of the same despicable ideology. Let’s not forget the many massacres of Muslim, Christian and other minorities elsewhere in the past by people of the same ideology. Let’s not forget the car bombings in Iraq and Afghanistan killings dozens of innocent people on an almost daily basis. All these things are equally inhuman and equally condemnable.
© Sadaf Munshi.