November 25, 2015 by Cláudia
The loss of those lives was tragic. Every life that is lost before its time is a tragedy.
It was an act against nature. All these attacks have been.
I am deeply restless, I have suffered these deaths as well. This has also most definitely affected many people and that’s probably why people have changed their profile picture. To give support and pay a homage to those lives who were so mercilessly taken away.
Showing condolences is appropriate, even if you are not connected directly with the victims. Feeling others pain is human and natural. But I think there are some considerations that need to be made before following the herd and put the french flag in your profile account.
First, the french flag is associated with a country and, most significantly, a state – France. This doesn’t pay the victims a tribute as much as it shows support of France as a country, because it has nothing to do with their individual lives and what they have accomplished. Therefore, it doesn’t cherish those people. It seems more like a nationalist manifestation.
It is extremely important to detach the country from the individual as confusing them or blurring them together leads to misconceptions and unfair judgments. One country shouldn’t take blame for what individuals that live there have done, and individuals don’t necessarily agree or support the actions that the country as taken part in.
Second, to show solidarity for France as a country is to implicitly support its policies. One thing to consider is that before the attacks France (as a country) bombed the Islamic State. This is important because this action invariably cause the death of innocent people, who have nothing to do with terrorism and have nothing to do with war. People who were simply there at the wrong place and the wrong time: like the ones in France. Also, right after the attacks, the bombing continued. There will be a lot of people to argue that it is the only way to protect themselves from further attacks. I disagree, but I understand where this is coming from – innocent people died, they didn’t deserve to, we need to protect ourselves.
But isn’t a little hypocritical to show support for France when France itself has caused so many unmotivated deaths? Furthermore, isn’t it nonsensical to support France when it has caused more death than the other way around?
It is arguable that the french attacks were motivated, but what does that mean really? What is a good motive to kill indiscriminately? The terrorists also had a motive, which they thought was the most valid. What is the difference now between the terrorists and the civilized nations?
Lastly, isn’t it a little unfair to make this big demonstration of solidarity towards the french victims when they are only a little drop in the ocean of tragic deaths that happened lately? This only enhances the nationalist intention behind all this. There have been uncountable horrifying deaths at the hand of ISIS. Why suddenly all this propaganda around the ones in France? Why all the other ones have been unnoticed, namely the ones happening at Syria, where the bombs were directed?
Why do some countries matter more than others?