Yet again, people have demonstrated the amount of evil they can unleash unto the world. The recent (and currently ongoing) Paris attacks are another testament to the unstable amity and growing hatred in our world.
As a person who has identified as a Muslim, anytime something like this comes on the news, I can’t help but catch myself silently praying, please don’t be muslim. And more recently it has become, please don’t be ISIS. And to be perfectly clear, it is not because I am a sympathizer – far, FAR, FAR from it as I don’t consider the terrorist organization to have any association with Islam other than its radical and incorrect preachings of an otherwise peaceful religion.
The reason why I hope that this is not an Islamist related attack is because of how American media is so quick to pin it on a Muslim. As I sat, glued to the TV screen, CNN live updating the situation, reporter Wolf Blitzer proceeded to comment on the likelihood of this attack being ISIS or Al Qaeda related by pointing out the recent attack on the Russian jetliner and various car and suicide bombings (that happen daily) in Syria and Iraq (both war torn countries). While ISIS has claimed responsibility for the Russian plane and, naturally, all the violence they have started in Syria and Iraq, NO ONE HAS CLAIMED RESPONSIBILITY OF THESE ATTACKS AND FRENCH AUTHORITIES HAVE NO FUCKING IDEA WHO IS BEHIND IT.
Furthermore, Mr. Blitzer continued to feed his assumptions on national TV whilst interviewing a witness who was inside the theatre when the attacks began. He asked questions such as, Did the terrorist have beards? Do you know if they were speaking French or Arabic?
I can understand his line of questioning as France has the largest population of Arabs and Muslim in Europe. HOWEVER, isn’t it good journalism to seek facts rather than manipulate the investigation to lead to specific suspects? Jumping to conclusions just feeds the xenophobic and islamophobic in the US and tarnishes the identity of thousands of Muslim-Americans.
This is a criticism of American media. My heart goes out to the families and loved ones of the people who were savagely killed and to those that are still fighting to stay alive.
I stand with you Paris, especially in the face of such abhorrent acts.