To those who think this meme, in some way, is a serious suggestion as to how any nation should respond to terrorism anywhere, I have a serious question.
Where are these armaments of conventional war to be directed, Paris?
The Western world seemed to pay no attention to the 40 people killed and more than 200 injured in two separate suicide bombings in Beirut the day before the Paris attacks. So, should we bomb Beirut?
Maybe we can use this map? It presumably gives us all of their locations. Should all of this territory just be leveled, believing that the continuation of the so-called – and so-well-marketed – “War on Terror” will suddenly lead to peace? Where’s the evidence that that approach is working or ever has?
What am I missing?
Doesn’t more war driven by greater and greater fear simply mean that the terrorist are accomplishing their mission?
Adam Gopnik’s piece in the New Yorker yesterday sums it up well for me.
But there is also a will in France, familiar to New Yorkers, not to be annihilated, not to be turned by terrorism into a citizenry that can no longer recognize itself. New Yorkers learned that you can live your lives or your fears, and that it is always wiser to live your lives.
No, I don’t have some magic answer. I just know that it’s not going to be found in fear or war.