America: Your Solidarity with Paris is Embarrassingly Misguided

November 14, 2015   |   Claire Bernish

Op-Ed by Claire Bernish
November 14, 2015

(ANTIMEDIA) The World, at Large — We are in mourning. Again. Indeed, Paris is in mourning, again.

For the second time in less than a year, we are all de facto Parisians — with Facebook profiles, casinos, and whole buildings draped in the blue, white, and red of the French flag. Solidarity as sympathy, bien sûr — a most poignant message that humanity stands with Paris — and will act decisively to avenge the “carnage” unexpectedly wrought by those whose motives most will never fall victim to, much less comprehend.

Most?

Evidently, despite the accumulated knowledge of the entire planet at our disposal through the computer screen, solidarity has escaped some of us.

And I am weary.

Without question, I mourn for Paris’ recent victims and their families — and I would never claim knowledgeable firsthand experience of the same. But I refuse — despite my partial French heritage — to cloak myself in nationalism of any stripe or star, particularly not now. Because, besides victims in Paris, an incomprehensibly astronomic number of people have been grieving loss of the highest order for some time — in places whose names roll off our tongues as if it’s accepted that violence simply happens there — and a majority likely couldn’t guess the colors on these victims’ flags.

You see, I also mourn for those killed mere hours before Paris crumbled into chaos, in strikingly similar attacks in Beirut.

I mourn the hundreds of thousands displaced or killed in Syria, no matter their pledged allegiance. No matter their professed religion. No matter.

I mourn for the millions killed in ongoing and renewed, illegal United States’ aggression in Iraq — and those facing a torturous demise from exposure to depleted uranium employed in violation of international and humanitarian law — for reasons far closer to ‘American’ and corporate hegemony than compassionate principle.

I mourn the untold number killed in the United States’ insidious — and seemingly permanent — war in Afghanistan. And the countless children there who know nothing of peace, much less the feeling of safety it brings. And patients and staff recently targeted, bombed, and then shot while fleeing the Médecins Sans Frontières hospital in Kunduz — and the irony of that humanitarian organization’s French roots.

I mourn those forced into human slavery or sex trafficking in Malaysia; and curse the scant hope they escape, now that the massive TPP has garnered U.S. government’s tacit approval of the abhorrence that is human trade.

I mourn for Palestinians, whose land was usurped — and whose lives and infrastructure and families and sense of security and HOMES are under siege and occupation by an illegal and actively terrorist State.

I mourn the patients and staff at the over 100 healthcare facilities in Yemen that have been BOMBED since March. And the apparently soulless who found an acceptable target in hospitals.

I mourn for Yemen.

I mourn for the victims of complicit government violence in Mexico, and 43 students and their families who lack answers.

I mourn for Chinese men, women, and children working, quite literally, as slaves, so the West can be rude at dinner and take endless pictures — of its narcissistically apathetic self.

I mourn rampant genocide — past and present — for the sake of manifest destiny. And empire. And imperialism. And inexplicable and unstated reasons.

In fact, I mourn for all victims of terror, whether State or group sponsored, without conditions attached to my grief — no matter location, nor loyalty, nor arbitrary geopolitical happenstance of location of a victim’s birth. And I’m already grieving those soon to be terror’s next victims; since, as French President François Hollande jarringly warned, avenging Paris’ victims just birthed (yet another) “PITILESS” war.

As if gentle were somehow a method to employ in waging war.

Yes, I mourn for Paris. But I do so while weeping in shame at the deplorable supercilious judgment ensconced in Western reaction to it; for countless pitiable xenophobes and their endless vapid justifications; for arrogant commentary from politicians and their media mouthpieces with their embarrassing post-tragedy clamoring to exploit ignorant heartstrings for the appropriate victims; for the endless War of Terror — and the service members who somehow haven’t yet deduced that this would ALL END if they simply refused to fucking fight.

The fact is, grief on this scale is exhausting. And I’m very nearly out of tears.

So keep these victims around the globe in mind — every, single man, woman and child who has, who is, and who will suffer the maiming, horror, torture, and death that’s as necessary to war as those who take up arms — when you next excuse a politician’s stance on war, because the rest of his or her platform seems really promising.

Or, at least, seems the lesser of two evils.

And shake that flag from your social media profile; and your home; and your thoughts. Because as long as you wear just one flag, your attempt to stand with victims of terror is a most embarrassingly hollow solidarity, indeed.


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Author: Claire Bernish

Claire Bernish joined Anti-Media as an independent journalist in May of 2015. Her topics of interest include thwarting war propaganda through education, the refugee crisis & related issues, 1st Amendment concerns, ending police brutality, and general government & corporate accountability. Born in North Carolina, she now lives in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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  1. Way to take a tragedy and publicize it to tell everyone about how special you are. You're a disgrace. You're cheap. You're a sensationalist, and you should be fucking embarassed.

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  2. Well hmm I must say for someone recently brought onboard… you already know how to "stir the pot, per se". LOL – if you only knew the background. Yes, I will say that there is a contributing factor.

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  3. I'm glad you live in America, where you are free to post this. Your United States Military says "you're welcome."

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  4. oh boy…you are reeeally ignorant to the Truth, huh? oh, I see..another Conservative fascist I guess you would not defend yourself after years of bombings and killings of your family….huh? ok, go inside and have a cup with your Teabag in it! No wonder!!!!

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  5. It's OK if you can't critically think! Some people just can't…

    If this was all you got from this article, then you missed her point entirely…

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  6. I Fucking Love Being Conservative: your response to the writers blog is not what many intelligent people think. Some of us think for ourselves and Question Authority. God Bless you……

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  7. And here I was thinking ' well said'! You should be embarrassed for not opening your eyes to the excess war and death throughout the world and mourning each and every one! You should be embarassed for only mourning those deaths that main stream media tells you to, rather than including all those who are terrorized by war!

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  8. How can you still be so stupid after reading this bit of harsh reality!!!!!

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  9. by God you think refusing to pick up arms and fight is going to stop terrorist from killing people?

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  10. "This would all end if they simply refused to (insert immature profanity for effect) fight."

    What an incredibly ignorant and simplistic approach. What did anyone in Paris do to deserve what happened? Were they actively engaged in combat with ISIS?

    Nope. They weren't. They got killed because radical Islam dictated it. They want western civilization dead because it exists.

    Go ahead and hide behind your feigned intellectualism, your "military industrial complex" jargon, and ignore the facts right in front of your face. ISIS and radical Islam will kill you whether you're fighting with them or not. Extend the olive branch and they'll cut off the arm that holds it.

    How these things escape you people time and time again is truly the baffling aspect of these attacks.

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  11. You forgot(or ignored) to mention Turkish victims who are suffering of Pkk terrorist attacks fot the last 30 years. And not long ago, last month ovet 100 people are killed by Isis bomb.

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  12. Dunbar's Number: people are naturally limited in the number of other humans they give a shit about.

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  13. I too feel bad for all those in other countries who are in constant turmoil, those who are displaced by war in the only home they've known, for those who have been/are victims of the US military, for those on constant fear in Gaza and Jerusalem and Israel… I despise those who don't feel sympathy for those living in terror-filled, constant war, drug filed, dangerous countries that cause their citizens to flee and search for a better life in another country, if they have to very there illegally. But this, too, is horrific. This is pure terrorism. This is an attempt to kill as many people as possible, to make us fear the terrorists responsible, to make us fear for our lives from here on out, to show "who's [supposedly] the boss." Just like they did with 9/11 and Charlie Hebdo. They want us to fear them. Well, we're not going to let that happen. What's wrong with showing our CLOSEST, LONGEST ally our condolences for over 100 people killed in their country/city in multiple attacks, to show our support to them. They supported us at 9/11 which was historical for us. I'm sure this is going to be historical for them. One of those "where were you when [this] happened. I think, at this moment, it's very wrong to say our support is misguided. No support for "someone close" is ever misguided. besides politicizing this TERRORIST event (not mass shootings here in advertise, BTW), I feel this is the second worse thing someone can say in times of tragedy such as this. And this is me thinking for myself.

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  14. The Paris attacks were a Gladio type operation to swing the coming G20 meeting and western public to support putting troops on the ground in Syria to further the Western agenda to attack the East.

    There is a long record of NATO Gladio operatives killing in Europe as a deception to put the blame on others.

    The agenda is now to get public support to put troops on the ground in Syria. This will put the NATO axis in Syria with zero degrees of separation from Syria and its allies Russia, Iran, Iraq, Hezbollah, and lurking in the backgroud is China.

    I wonder if the West is trying to unconsciously bring about the biblical apocalypse?

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  15. Actually she used the correct spelling for "you're" …as in you are welcome. Must suck when you don't even know you're an idiot.

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  16. Posting mourn for Paris does not discredit everything else in the world. This tragedy reminds us as humans that we need to love not hates. This article is another piece of negativity. Regardless of any color, religion, flag, nationality we are all humans and have the basic right of life. So my solidarity isn't only for Paris it is for humanity and you can interpret that any way you wish. I know what I stand for, you or this article will not change that.

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  17. These acts of terrorism are not a bully pushing kids on the playground, and you are foolish to think that apathy will alleviate it. War is tragic and should never be taken lightly, and they should have been considering that before THEY started it with senseless acts of violence against countries that would fight back. If your friend was shot in the face in front of you and that person stood before you ready to fire again would you take it? Or pick up the gun in front of you and defend yourself? Its ideal to think that we should all just be friends but ultimately it is not the retaliation that ends these ideals, its the act of aggression which doesn't come from those you would insult in this letter. And i can tell you right now that those you would show apathy to, would cut your head off for even having an opinion in the first place. Its sad how the internet has made such strides, yet education behind writing is sadly not one of them.

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  18. These acts of terrorism are not a bully pushing kids on the playground, and you are foolish to think that apathy will alleviate it. War is tragic and should never be taken lightly, and they should have been considering that before THEY started it with senseless acts of violence against countries that would fight back. If your friend was shot in the face in front of you and that person stood before you ready to fire again would you take it? Or pick up the gun in front of you and defend yourself? Its ideal to think that we should all just be friends but ultimately it is not the retaliation that ends these ideals, its the act of aggression which doesn't come from those you would insult in this letter. And i can tell you right now that those you would show apathy to, would cut your head off for even having an opinion in the first place. Its sad how the internet has made such strides, yet education behind writing is sadly not one of them.

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  19. These acts of terrorism are not a bully pushing kids on the playground, and you are foolish to think that apathy will alleviate it. War is tragic and should never be taken lightly, and they should have been considering that before THEY started it with senseless acts of violence against countries that would fight back. If your friend was shot in the face in front of you and that person stood before you ready to fire again would you take it? Or pick up the gun in front of you and defend yourself? Its ideal to think that we should all just be friends but ultimately it is not the retaliation that ends these ideals, its the act of aggression which doesn't come from those you would insult in this letter. And i can tell you right now that those you would show apathy to, would cut your head off for even having an opinion in the first place. Its sad how the internet has made such strides, yet education behind writing is sadly not one of them.

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  20. These acts of terrorism are not a bully pushing kids on the playground, and you are foolish to think that apathy will alleviate it. War is tragic and should never be taken lightly, and they should have been considering that before THEY started it with senseless acts of violence against countries that would fight back. If your friend was shot in the face in front of you and that person stood before you ready to fire again would you take it? Or pick up the gun in front of you and defend yourself? Its ideal to think that we should all just be friends but ultimately it is not the retaliation that ends these ideals, its the act of aggression which doesn't come from those you would insult in this letter. And i can tell you right now that those you would show apathy to, would cut your head off for even having an opinion in the first place. Its sad how the internet has made such strides, yet education behind writing is sadly not one of them.

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  21. These acts of terrorism are not a bully pushing kids on the playground, and you are foolish to think that apathy will alleviate it. War is tragic and should never be taken lightly, and they should have been considering that before THEY started it with senseless acts of violence against countries that would fight back. If your friend was shot in the face in front of you and that person stood before you ready to fire again would you take it? Or pick up the gun in front of you and defend yourself? Its ideal to think that we should all just be friends but ultimately it is not the retaliation that ends these ideals, its the act of aggression which doesn't come from those you would insult in this letter. And i can tell you right now that those you would show apathy to, would cut your head off for even having an opinion in the first place. Its sad how the internet has made such strides, yet education behind writing is sadly not one of them.

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  22. These acts of terrorism are not a bully pushing kids on the playground, and you are foolish to think that apathy will alleviate it. War is tragic and should never be taken lightly, and they should have been considering that before THEY started it with senseless acts of violence against countries that would fight back. If your friend was shot in the face in front of you and that person stood before you ready to fire again would you take it? Or pick up the gun in front of you and defend yourself? Its ideal to think that we should all just be friends but ultimately it is not the retaliation that ends these ideals, its the act of aggression which doesn't come from those you would insult in this letter. And i can tell you right now that those you would show apathy to, would cut your head off for even having an opinion in the first place. Its sad how the internet has made such strides, yet education behind writing is sadly not one of them.

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  23. These acts of terrorism are not a bully pushing kids on the playground, and you are foolish to think that apathy will alleviate it. War is tragic and should never be taken lightly, and they should have been considering that before THEY started it with senseless acts of violence against countries that would fight back. If your friend was shot in the face in front of you and that person stood before you ready to fire again would you take it? Or pick up the gun in front of you and defend yourself? Its ideal to think that we should all just be friends but ultimately it is not the retaliation that ends these ideals, its the act of aggression which doesn't come from those you would insult in this letter. And i can tell you right now that those you would show apathy to, would cut your head off for even having an opinion in the first place. Its sad how the internet has made such strides, yet education behind writing is sadly not one of them.

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  24. And every victim should be mourned yes, but condemning people for mourning any of them is just idiotic and self righteous not to mention contradictory

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  25. It's definitely true that someone here is a disgrace, but it surely isn't Claire (the author).

    Ask yourself who you're really mad at, and why. I'm guessing you really just hate someone who challenges the paradigm of jingoistic, imperialistic subjugation of foreign nations through genocide and brainwashing. You don't want anyone suggesting we should have compassion for the non-caucasian nations since you've been programmed to deeply hate the "sand-n***s" and love war for the sake of American glory.

    War isn't your high school's homecoming game. Nobody should be proud to endorse it.

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  26. this guy is the true intellect here. words are clever, and smartly used words are even better, see propaganda in nazi germany, but put some of your own F***ING thought into what you read, or we'll get history all over again. people learn nothing from the worse mistakes.

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  27. Yes; it's clear that the last 14 years of genocide has done SO much to cure the world of "terror" and solved America's public relations problem. Just like Nancy Reagan cured us of our drug problem.

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  28. i mourn for all those as well. the solidarity with paris is in part due to the solidarity they showed us during 911. over and above that, there was tremendous loss of life yesterday all over the world, and while i cannot dress my photo in the flag colors of every life lost, i can post my heartfelt sadness and condolences for all of them in my statuses on all social media. please dont assume that just because my display photo is that of the french flag that im not painfully aware of the global loss yesterday and many days prior. to do so is to discount your intelligence since you dont know me. and lastly, please stop trying to instigate separation during a time when our world needs to mourn together.

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  29. Way to show everyone what a conservative stands for: disequality, racism and classism. Way to go I Fucking Love Being Conservative… you made a fool of yourself and all your kind.

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  30. On well noone is ever happy. We are a counrty of butt hurt individules like this. I support Paris i changed my pic. Does not mean I'm ignorent to the rest of the worlds plight. Crawl off your high horse.

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  31. So you're not allowed to mourn a particular tragic attack unless you cite the rest of the world's problems? I stepped in a puddle and got my pantleg wet, cry for me too, please. This comment section is full of nothing but fake diplomats. To quote MJK "Throw that Bob Marley wannabe motherfucker out of here"

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  32. Point well made…but not everyone does or can follow current events with the same intensity. This is an event that was disseminated en masse. Have we become desensitized or hypocritical because we aren't in a permament state of mourning? Because yes, there is plenty to keep us mourning for a lifetime and more. People remember the Holocaust, the small lifeless Turkish boy who washed ashore, the Rwandan genocide, Columbine, ad nauseum. People remember but they also need to go on with life – all the while remembering and respecting the past. I dare to say that the statemebt that the West/America's "solidarity with Paris is embarrasingly misguided" is in itself embarrasingly judgemental. There is not one way to mourn. Nor should people feel guilty for moving on and carrying on with life. There is a time to weep, to solidarize, to build and to enjoy. This is the balance. This makes us human.

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  33. I get it. But as you mentioned those other tragedies, I fail to recall hearing much of anything about most of them. The american media's lack of coverage of those other events is the real disgrace.

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  34. When the russian airplane was hit near the Sinai mountain in Egypt, did anyone change their profile picture to one, with the russian flag? Over 200 innocent Rusian people died that day by an ISIS atack. Thats what's hypocritical, and its the same with all eastern Europe. I'm sad about the normal human beings who have died in Paris, but I'm equally sad for there is still an Iron curtain held tight by the media.

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  35. Rosario- Not claiming to be a diplomat, just agreeing with the author on the premise of these attacks happen all the time, but we pick and choose which ones to raise hell about.

    Honestly I believe it's rude to reduce some of these problems to a "pant leg getting wet."

    However, for some reason I feel we won't see eye-to-eye on this one…

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  36. So are you saying the mainstream media is not cheap, a disgrace, sensationalist, and shouldn't be fucking embarrassed. What are you reading, watching and listening to.

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  37. Wow, another PC jerk-off attention whore…. I'm not going to point out the fallacies in your temper tantrum, but merely laugh at how pathetic it is. Fuck off. Don't breed.

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  38. "All of this would end if we wouldn't fucking fight?" I don't think ISIS really got that memo. Throughout history, there have always been oppressive shitheads that live to torment, kill, and oppress. They don't live with reason or any sense of moral code. They will kill indiscriminately and will want you dead because of your birthright status as an American. I hate to tell you this, but as a 15 year vet, I have learned we live in a violent world. Changing your Facebook profile won't accomplish shit, except make you look like an armchair activist, participating at the lowest level of engagement. I mourn for the oppressed around the world, that barely live off $2 a day so that I have an Iphone and high quality branded clothing. I know its awful. I know the world has many tragedies.

    I also know that I'll still be the first guy to put on my uniform, pack my bags, and go where I am needed, so that you can write your opinion without the fear of masked men bursting in your house with guns eschewing a litany of religious hate.

    Before you chastise the military, how about just talking to a few of them?

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  39. the only embassed one should be you, maybe you should go back and read it again, but before doing so, forget everything you think you know about the world and polotics, try reading it as a human, one who is not detached from the very thing that he is.

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  40. gabe jordan you should probably delete your comment to avoid further humiliation lol

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  41. Gabe Jordan im embarrassed to have the same first name as you. What a failed attempt at correcting someone.

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  42. cheap. sensationalist. disgrace. embarrassed.. all things that the republicans, and a lesser extent liberals, should be with the hyperbole that they will ALL be spewing. get a grip on reality.

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  43. "and the service members who somehow haven’t yet deduced that this would ALL END if they simply refused to fucking fight."

    What is he talking about? Someone please explain the logic. What would end? The US's part in it? No, probably too late for that after decades of US meddling (a term that puts it lightly), do you really think they'd stop targeting the US?

    Please, no smug responses or anything snarky I'm just looking for sensible answers because that shit made 0 sense to me.

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  44. Gabe Jordan sorry dude but she used both you're and your in the correct way. sucks to be you right now.

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  45. yeah but Turkey has been bombing and killing people in the region too. ask the Kurds about the Turks. and the Armenians too.

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  46. it is when it's phoney. i don't believe for one second that GOP or the Military Industrial Complex give two shits about Paris. they see dollar signs. their thinking right now on how they can turn this into another chapter in the book of perpetual war.

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  47. by god you think bombing another country is going to stop terrorists from killing people?

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  48. "this would ALL END if they simply refused to fucking fight." is the most idealistic and impossible notion I've ever read. What exactly is the time frame of non-aggression required for us to have peace? If we stop bombing Daesh strongholds for a year, will terrorism cease to exist? Or will it be stronger because they have had a year with no hindrence to build their resources and train? Stop being naive. It's a shitty world we live in. The loss of life will always be deplorable, but there is a distinct difference between waging a war against an enemy with no regard for human life and the slaughter of innocents. You cannot honestly equate civilians being unintentionally killed in collateral damage from a bombing with an orchestrated attack directed at civilian targets.

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  49. You mean the same troops that have done absolutely nothing to stop the politicians from infringing on our rights day in and day out? The same troops that DO NOT fight for our freedumbs but for the financial gains of select DOD contractors and politicians.

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  50. Jeff Benkovic The troops do what they are told by the people in charge. While in my post I am referring more to the troops that literally fought for our right to free speech, I understand where you are coming from. Let's not talk badly about the military. Instead, how about we focus on what we can change on a local level to bring about change on a larger scale? Hopefully we as a country are getting smarter and will start voting people in that will actually do what we, the people want. I know I am trying, are you?

    The point of my comment stands.

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  51. Way to openly share your antisemitism. You are what's wrong with the world. Perpetuating negative and biased opinions and acting like they are facts are what retards peace in all those places you say you sympathize with.

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  52. I applaud your courage in saying what many people feel but yet are too afraid to say. If only we did not glorify war by way of memorials and parades and cenotaphs. Maybe it would all stop. I like you, put the blame where it deserves to be put – on all the people who condone wars by picking up weapons and pointing them at others, that most times, we know nothing about. Wrapping ourselves in fear and instead of thinking and reading for ourselves, we lazily swallow what is fed to us by the various media and governments. I think in reality humans like war on some level because if we abhorred it as much as we say, we would put a final stop to it……And the Gods hang their heads in shame for what they have created.

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  53. @ChrisDolliver: You are too ignorant that you are mixing up Kurds and Pkk terrorists who are killing both Turks and Kurds and it was established by both Armenian, Assyrian and Kurdish terrorists to divide southeast part of Turkey.. And what does have to do with ignoring innocents killed in Turkey if you are now defending when they are Turkish and muslim you can ignore them? You are distorting the point. The point is, you shall not discriminate the victims unless you are racist.

    Armenians? Are you talking about the ww1, when England was invading Turkey? First face with your bloody history, then you can give humanity lessons to Turks.

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  54. Chris Dolliver do you really think countries decideing to lay down arms and not fight is gonna stop them?

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  55. "The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule. Some are quite graphic, with commands to chop off heads and fingers and kill infidels wherever they may be hiding. Muslims who do not join the fight are called 'hypocrites' and warned that Allah will send them to Hell if they do not join the slaughter.

    Unlike nearly all of the Old Testament verses of violence, the verses of violence in the Quran are mostly open-ended, meaning that they are not restrained by the historical context of the surrounding text. They are part of the eternal, unchanging word of Allah, and just as relevant or subject to interpretation as anything else in the Quran.

    The context of violent passages is more ambiguous than might be expected of a perfect book from a loving God; however this works both ways. Most of today's Muslims exercise a personal choice to interpret their holy book's call to arms according to their own moral preconceptions about justifiable violence. Apologists cater to their preferences with tenuous arguments that gloss over historical fact and generally do not stand up to scrutiny. Still, it is important to note that the problem is not bad people, but bad ideology.

    Unfortunately, there are very few verses of tolerance and peace to abrogate or even balance out the many that call for nonbelievers to be fought and subdued until they either accept humiliation, convert to Islam, or are killed. Muhammad's own martial legacy – and that of his companions – along with the remarkable stress on violence found in the Quran have produced a trail of blood and tears across world history."

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  56. And my heritage is 50% Persian. A member of our family was the Mayor of All Saints Lorraine. So, this hits a little closer to home for me. We talked about the atrocities in other countries today. It just seemed like the climate is correct to bring mindfully awareness to human suffering.
    George
    Chillicothe, Ohio

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  57. Some of us take the mourn for Paris as a chance to raise awareness against all terrorism. I wont remove my flag because i, like you mourn for all those affected by terrorism. But social media let's us increase awareness with this one flag.

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  58. The author does not say it is wrong to mourn for France. The point is to question why it is only when white Westerners are killed that many people express solidarity with "humanity." Why does no one have Lebanon's flag on their Facebook profile, for example?

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  59. Agh, we see you have all the mournfulness for all the poor victims of this world, but not a tear for all the Israelis murdered this year alone. We got your number sistah.

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  60. Chris Green What was her point? How old is she? what an immature, short-sighted, historically ignorant person she seems.

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  61. Your comprehendsion of her statement is more then lacking,her point is poniant and it cuts to the core,she is not the first person who supports France (and any other victims of terrorism) but realizes that more attention is paid when these type of attacks happen to powerful countries as opposed to third world and less prominant countries,the truth hurts!!!

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  62. Your article is a "but what about the starving kids in Africa?" type. As if our stand with France, to say we grieve with them, is useless unless we also make similar gestures for every people group that has also suffered. Bullshit. In America, we thanked those who held their breaths for us when 911 happened, who took notice when the Twin Towers fell. We did not accuse them of ignoring all else that happened in the world; we were just glad for the well-wishes. And so the citizens of France this day, accept the well wishes as they are, without any complaint of "but what about the starving kids in Africa?" There is a time, and a place, to simply say THANK YOU. Today is such a day.

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  63. Good God!!! I mourn the fact that I wasted my time reading this bleeding heart article. Please learn to look at the world from both sides not just one narrow view.

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  64. While I agree with a lot of what was written, The part about, I mourn for Palestinians, whose land was usurped — and whose lives and infrastructure and families and sense of security and HOMES are under siege and occupation by an illegal and actively terrorist State. This is just BS~! That land NEVER BELONGED TO THE PALESTINIANS~! The Palestinians need to STOP ATTACKING ISRAEL and maybe over time things would get better for them, but until then the ISRAELIES are well withing their rights to do what they have been doing~! It's too bad that the extremists in the palestinian movement are ruining the lives of their own people, but until they change there will never be a true peace for them~

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  65. I think there is a time and a place for such an article, but the day after the attack is too soon. It's totally disingenuine of this author to think someone saying to Paris "I feel for your loss" means you've buried your head in the sand to the rest of the world. Of that, the author is an idiot. You can visit one hospital room, give your condolences and then move on to a funeral to do the same. This isn't a "pick one and only one" situation!!!

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  66. what a self absorbed piece of shit. right, nobody else is allowed to feel sorry for peoiple massacred in paris, becaue we should all be too busy being ashamed of all the bad things that happene everywhere in the world, ALL the time! Like you, you sindle brilliant informed altruistic god like person, you care about everything and everyone. and im CERTAIN you work DILIGENTLY EVERY SINGLE DAY TO HELP OTHER PEOPLE; since your entire article is based on trying to call other peoples sympathy false – YOU WOULD NOT DARE DO THAT IF YOU WEREN'T PERSONALLY WORKING TO SOLVE THESE OTHER, IMPORTANT PROBLEMS YOU HIGHLIGHT…. because that would make you some sort of massive douchebag.

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  67. Flora Leyva you clearly didn't comprehend the message the author was trying to get across. The events in the past 72 hrs reminded me of the last major attack in Paris. Shortly before that attack Nigeria was hit with a terrorist attack that left 2000 people dead. Did it get any coverage or World wide solidarity like Paris? Absolutely not. Your response just proves that your a victim of "Selective Grief". Instead of lashing out defensively maybe you should try understanding and reflecting on the way media influences what the masses views as "important".

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  68. Yes! This. The author of the article makes a huge assumption that no one is mourning for other tragedies.

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  69. Feeling more self-righteous than usual today Claire? What a tool. What a mindless art school bore. The best thing about this silly rant is its placement next to "The Complete Guide to NY a Wineries", "5 Most Popular Fred Apps", and "Big Razor Start-up" You go sister. You're in good company.

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  70. Hate much? It's seems that you hate everything. Pathetic article from a pathetic author.

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  71. The author clearly states with the title that our solidarity is misguided and also that me having a French flag on my profile is in fact being naive. We are aware, we are all mourning, this authors does not speak for me and my actions. These comments about my mentality and having another nations flag is segregating me again from what doesn't need to be segregated. I love you for being human. I respect you for being human. I believe you and any other human regardless of whom or where you were born deserve life! Thank you for you opinion. But again I chose love and humanity.

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  72. I hope you choke on your own word vomit you hopeless misanthrope! Within hours of something like this happening, there's always people like you who have to put everyone in their place…whats your solution??? Your story has no conclusion other than your vapid hatred for the western world, which although awesomely evil, you still choose to call home…and that makes you not only a misanthrope, but a hypocrite. Why don't you take a personal day and contemplate your own life choices.

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  73. And I mourn for your racist, disgusting, anti-Semitic view of the world. Get your facts straight before you start spewing your misinformed hatred.

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  74. It's interesting to say I don't understand the situation — considering I stand behind what I said and will continue to do so, without the hypocrisy of doing so behind a French-i-fied profile. Yes, I literally cried for these victims. But I've been doing so nearly every year of my several decades alive. It's downright shameful we immediately pull together as a country over these 120+ victims, while ignoring thousands of others who are killed every day because of the US government's hegemony.

    If you think I'm lessening the tragedy or somehow failed to comprehend its magnitude, you not only need to read this again, you need to search for all the info I mentioned here.

    No life is more or less important than another — NONE. Clearly, we need the unity of remembering this; and equally clearly, we're a long way from that point.

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  75. Can I also add in to Flora's response above ^^ that in Paris, not all the citizens there are white! There are nationals there of different races and religions many of which in good population – a great diverse city! So when terrorists attacked Paris they did not discriminate and JUST attack white people, they attacked EVERYONE! Don't be so ignorant to the facts in future, Ob!

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  76. Kirsten Smith You seem to have a fixation with race that literally wasn't mentioned once here. Way to prove my point.

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  77. Ob Eisance – your complaint "did it get coverage" is up to the news agencies, not us, the audience. Imagine being in fricken Utah, where the first news story I read about Paris was that the Mormon Church reported all of it's missionaries in Paris were safe. I reported back they utterly failed at reporting what was important! What happened in Paris?!? If you want to hear of what's happening in the rest of the word, you have to bitch at those news agencies not doing news stories on it!

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  78. Shelley Gardner , yup, let's just mourn the countries the media wants us to mourn.

    get real!

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  79. My list became too long to include all possible victims. My solidarity is with all victims — however disgraceful that total number might be.

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  80. Try to think about the bigger picture of our world today. Kill the partisanship and grow a heart!

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  81. Powerful words!

    "You see, I also mourn for those killed mere hours before Paris crumbled into chaos, in strikingly similar attacks in Beirut.
    I mourn the hundreds of thousands displaced or killed in Syria, no matter their pledged allegiance. No matter their professed religion. No matter.
    I mourn for the millions killed in ongoing and renewed, illegal United States’ aggression in Iraq — and those facing a torturous demise from exposure to depleted uranium employed in violation of international and humanitarian law — for reasons far closer to ‘American’ and corporate hegemony than compassionate principle."

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  82. This is the worst article I've ever read. You sound like a pretentious snob. What do you care how people express their solidarity? And why assume that because someone is mourning for France that they have forgotten the rest of the world? For some, displaying the flag of France is the only way they are able to show support and sympathy. I agree with the comment below – you are a disgrace.

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  83. You. ———————————————————————————————————> the point.

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  84. I am selective on who l mourn for. I don't mourn for the death of the Nazis, for Papa Doc Duvalier, or Idi Amin and his thugs. I don't mourn for Hammas, Boko Harim or ISIS. I hope they all rot in hell. Do l want an end to war, of course l do. Any sane person would but these people have a mental health issue and quite frankly l don't have the time the money nor the patience to help them become normal. Whatever that is but it is my normal.

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  85. it does seem like people are hopping on the bandwagon and changing profile pictures, but this is due to my initial ignorance of previous attacks, but now that I am more aware, I am simply showing my awareness through this flag on social media. I may not be helping, but I am aware. It seems people are mad about this, but why write an article with such hateful tone towards those? That doesn't help much either. Humans are ignorant. We are angry everyday about this. I don't know what else to do but apologize, as I did not realize the change in a profile picture could offend people. and yet that does not help either.

    last statement: I do not mourn less or more for those oppressed and killed around the world than for those in Paris.

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