By Carlos Solis |Staff Writer|
The war on terror is a war not worth fighting for.
Millions of innocent people are dying as the whole world watches—and the governments allow it to happen while nothing is done to stop the chaos.
The war on terror is defined as “the name given to the actions and other measures taken by the U.S., Britain, and other countries to destroy international terrorist groups, especially al-Qaeda after the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001. The actions taken include the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq,” according to www.ldoceonline.com.
War is just a snowball effect; one country attacks another and ongoing retaliation ensues.
The evening of Nov. 13, terrorist attacks occurred in Paris, which left at least 120 dead, and more than 300 wounded, according to CNN.
France declared a state of emergency for the first time since 1946, after World War II, according to Time.
“Cette fois, c’est la guerre”—“This time, it’s war.” as the French news paper Le Parisien declared after the Nov. 13 events.
The Nov. 13 date now has a meaning for France, similar to that of Sept. 11 for the U.S.
The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) claims full responsibility for the Paris attacks, stating that this is only the first of many upcoming assaults.
ISIS is a jihadist extremist military group, who maintain religious, political, and military authority, self-proclaiming that they have control over all the Muslims in the world.
Not all Muslims are terrorists, which is why I don’t believe they have control over the Muslim people. ISIS does not represent Islam.
ISIS’ mission is all about projecting fear, but we shouldn’t be afraid. They only succeed when a reaction is solicited.
I know it’s a frightening organization, threatening to destroy beliefs that don’t match their own, but as a world we need to stay united.
Radical terrorist groups like ISIS are the face of intimidation. No matter what your religious beliefs or political views are, it is never justifiable to take people’s lives.
“Whoever kills a person [innocent person]… it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind,” as found in the Quran 5:32.
The Quran is the sacred text that the Islamic practitioners live by.
If ISIS claims they are acting in the name of Islam, then they are doing it completely wrong.
It only took two days for the French Air Force to execute retaliatory airstrikes over Raqqa, ISIS’ stronghold in Syria, according to CNN.
There were more than 30 bombs dropped by Monday, according to CNN.
Thirty-three ISIS military were killed in the airstrikes, according to the independent.co.uk.
I couldn’t believe what was going on in Paris.
I was shocked and angry to see all those people dying.
Imagine attending a friendly soccer match and bombs explode outside the stadium, or going to a concert, and gunmen starting to shoot without reason.
This world has so much cruelty that I don’t want to be a part of it.
I believe the war on terror is extremely ridiculous, and there truly is no winner.
It’s foolish that countries bomb each other until there are no more innocent lives to take.
The convoluted process of the U.S. entering the Syrian civil war resulted in the formation of ISIS.
Ironically, Western forces inadvertently created the biggest problem they face today.
Western countries’ interests in the Middle East further complicated an already difficult war, and in the process, the world has forgotten about the innocent people involved.
Western nations send weapons to Middle Eastern countries so that they can defend themselves, simply so they can control their resources.
Troops invading the Middle East have killed innocent humans in Syria and Iraq, and in the process, have been killed by retaliating forces.
As a result, some Syrians are immigrating to European countries, as well as the U.S. to seek refuge.
Although I don’t have a solution to stop the conflicts between Western and Middle Eastern countries, I think going to war was never the solution.
It is deplorable that those involved in war are only doing so, to maintain their resourceful interests.
Last time I checked we were all human—it doesn’t make sense to keep destroying ourselves.
The war on terror must stop if we are to unite as a society, as humans, as one planet, to stop it from falling into chaos.