I am mournful today knowing that war will not only fail to dismantle terrorism--it will not address the root sources of terrorism nor prevent the growth of existing or new terrorism. And it is almost guaranteed that it will incite more terrorist action--please tell me if I'm missing something in our recent history but when has any warfare succeeded to dismantle terrorism and halt it to insignificance?
And consequently, we will learn of more deaths of innocent people, more fuel added to the fire of Islamophobia that will cause more pain to brown-skinned/Muslim/Arab-looking people punished for the ignorance, racism, cowardliness and hatred of those who are white and western, who feel so powerless and faithless they cannot bear the thought of seeing goodness and fondness in our darker skinned brothers and sisters because extremists exist in the world.
I think of my brothers and sisters around the world who fear their lives already and now fear it more. I think of the grieving, the healing, the educating, the unlearning, the legacy of work that will never finished being done as we dig our collective debts of humanity deeper and deeper. I think of how devastating every day has been for those living in countries where terrorism has claimed the lives of the innocent frequently, not once.
And I pray that the people in power change up their game quick. Because over a decade ago Al-Qaeda was announced as a major threat, then ISIS and Boko Haram...has going to war stopped terrorism, reduced it, made the world feel safer? Oh yeah, and the govt is probably flagging this shit because we don't have that security anymore either. I hope Hollande and his govt know what they're doing but I'm not very optimistic...