By Francesca Gaspari
On Friday, Nov. 13, the world came to a halt after watching the horror of eight ISIS terrorists, who coordinated multiple attacks throughout Paris, killing 129 people and wounding 352 other innocent civilians. The Islamic State claimed responsibility for this horrific act of terror.
François Hollande, the French President, declared the attack as “an act of war.” He also stated that France will use extreme force toward counter terrorism against ISIS and its component society in France and outside the country. France is currently targeting ISIS with the U.S. coalition, not only in Syria and Iraq but also against Islamic extremists.
This provoked attack may be related to 9/11, which George W. Bush similarly claimed was an “act of war.” This may be the scintilla that again immerses Western Civilization into a war against fundamentalists.
The attack was the deadliest atrocity to affect any Western European city since the previous attack in Madrid, Spain, that killed approximately 200 people in 2004. It represents a sequence of retaliations against those countries and allied forces that have taken initiative to combat ISIS.
This past Friday, the most destructive attack took place at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris where the attackers mercilessly killed approximately 90 people by aiming bullets directed into the crowd as a representation of “pagan spirits,” as reflected by the lyrics of these songs. These acts of violence result in instability, disruption, chaos, fear, and economical instability, affecting those millions of tourists who routinely travel to Paris, the French capitol.
It is important to realize that the terrorist group ISIS is also an internal organization with leadership to organized strings of attacks in France in cooperation and training by militants in Syria and Iraq. For many years, many underprivileged and deprived young men living in the suburbs of Paris have created the fertile soil for Islamic extremist fundamentalists training and recruiting. Many young Muslims, who felt alienated by unemployment, have joined Islamic extremists to coordinate local attacks on civilians. ISIS terrorist expansion has reached international recognition with an idealism of fundamentalism and aggression toward Western Civilization by imposing Sharia laws.
I feel that President Obama should have been more aggressive in decimating and destroying ISIS international terrorists organization as it started. There should be a collective effort of an international and European coalition contributing to the NATO International Security Force. To combat ISIS and its radical Islamic forces as it would continue to expand and commit terrorist acts against innocent civilians and those who do not believe in their idealism. I also believe that ISIS will continue to grow and ultimately culminating in attacking Americans on our soil as it has occurred in Paris.
LIU Post students were asked, ‘Is ISIS terrorists a lone wolf’? A nutrition major that doesn’t want to be named said, “ISIS terrorists work in cooperation with local and international leaders as a band of wolves attacking to destroy their enemy forces attempting to change Western Civilization.”
Students were then asked, “The real enemy we are facing is ISIS, but are Muslims in the U.S. condemning ISIS and radicalism?”
“The Qur’an teaching is about peace,” said Alexandra Christensen, a psychology major. “Therefore, there must be a distinction between those Muslims who believe in a peaceful society versus the exceptions who are the extremist fundamentalists hoping to change and create a new idealistic state”.
When Islamic terrorists are capable of committing such destructive, barbaric, crude and senseless crime to civilians, one must ask, is the next attack on the U.S.A.? Is this leading us to another war, as it was initiated by George W. Bush after Sept. 11, 2001?
President Obama stated, “This is an attack not just on Paris and not just on people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.”