Terrorist Attacks in Paris Leave Citizens and Visitors Dead
by Anjali Patel
Six major locations in Paris have been attacked, leaving the most people dead at the Bataclan Concert Hall on Friday, November 13.
According to BBC News, over 125 individuals died in various locations across the city including the concert hall, different restaurants, and the national stadium.
Although it is highly probable that ISIS was involved and will be held accountable for the massacre, thorough investigation is taking place to substantiate the information. The New York Times reports that the President of France, François Hollande accused ISIS for the bombings. ISIS also admits to the destruction that has taken place.
In his speech, President Hollande states “It’s an act of war which was committed by a terrorist army—Daesh—a Jihadist army, against France, against the values we uphold throughout the world, against who we are: a free country, which speaks to the whole planet.”
Paris is a cosmopolitan city, acting as a hub for millions of tourists. It is full of intricate architecture, history, and some of the best cafés. Thousands covet the opportunity to visit this vibrant city. France has generally been viewed as an innocuous place for visitors and study abroad students. Within the past year however, doubts about safety have grown tremendously. This incident portrays that there really are no “safe” places. Devastation is capable of occurring in any corner of the world.
While similar situations have reflected the worst in few, they have also reflected the resilience and selflessness in many. Individuals throughout the world have lent a hand, illuminating the benevolence in human nature. The number of supporters easily overpowers the number of attackers, indicating that France along with the rest of the world can overcome this debacle.
The world also experienced the attacks that took place in Baghdad, Iraq and Beirut, Lebanon. Regardless of the hatred causing these extreme acts of violence, we as in the denizens of the world need to sustain a sanguine approach for recovery and further action in order to prevent these bombings from becoming more pervasive than they already have.