Thinking of You: Beirut, Paris & Baghdad

Thinking of You: Paris, Beirut & Baghdad

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

In lieu of my Atlas Weekly post this Sunday, I wanted to instead take a moment to pay my respects to all the innocent people who lost their lives this week.

Beirut – 11/12/15. Suicide Bombing. 43 dead.

Paris – 11/13/15. Terrorist Bombings. 129 dead. 

Baghdad – 11/13/15. Suicide Bombing. 21 dead.

On Friday, my social media gradually filled up with news about Paris and the horrific unfolding events.

I didn’t hear about what had happened in Beirut and Baghdad until after I heard about Paris. Perhaps this is due to my own ignorance, or the fact the I’m currently in America where our world news is very select.

I’m not here to discuss the unfairness between coverage or why we seem to be outraged over one event but barely know about the other, although there is a lot to discuss over that, to be sure.

I’m here instead to give my deepest condolences to those who have been lost once again to senseless violence.

When I first heard the news and scrolled through an article online, the first comment I saw about the tragedy was from a man blaming the French for this attack because of their weak gun laws. He also managed to throw in a slur about those “bleeding heart liberals”, and how they’re the real reason behind these events happening in the world – due to their lack of backbone.

Sadly, he is, of course, an American. And sadly, that’s not an unusual response to these types of events from many people in my country. Put blame into a political agenda and spread more hate around while you’re at it.

I saw these types of comments all over social media, news websites, and the general media.

There was even a wannabe political senator who couldn’t stop praising the Beirut attacks on social media in his us vs. them posts against Hezbollah, forgetting to register or mention that 41 of those 43 lives taken in Beirut were innocent people.

I’m going to stop there. I’ve gone through an array of emotions since I heard about the news on Friday, and the world really doesn’t need anymore anger or hate in it.

What the world needs now is more compassion.

I can only imagine the deep black hole that is being felt around the world from friends and families of the victims.

I can never wrap my mind around these types of events, but I can mourn and weep with the rest of the world, and hope that tomorrow will be a nicer place.

That one day we won’t want to kill each other over religious differences or ethnic backgrounds, or just for the fun of it to see the terror in someone’s eyes.

But that’s all it is right now – hope – and I’m holding on to it for dear life because I don’t even want to think about what our world would be without it.

To all my friends in Paris, Beirut, and Baghdad – I am so incredibly sorry for your loss and your pain.

No matter what color your skin is, or what language you speak, or what you believe in, I’m thinking of you.

Mimi McFadden
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17 Responses

  1. I completely agree! It’s so sad how hard it is for some people to show compassion at a time like this, and that’s the biggest thing we need. If people were just a little more compassionate it might stop these things from happening as often in the future. 🙁

    1. Thanks for your comment, Angie. Compassion is such an important thing to fight for and teach to the next generation, I think it will really determine the outcome of these types of events in the future.

  2. Tastefully written. Thank you for not sparking more hatred and ignorance around this sad state of affairs. “What the world needs right now is more compassion” – Yes, yes, yes!

  3. Yes, compassion! People are blaming the wrong people and I am appalled at the racism and unjust accusations people have been throwing about.

  4. Such tradgity in our world. Heart break and violence. My heart goes out to those who were left behind to grieve lost love ones. So many lost souls and sadness. My heart breaks. Thanks for sharing. Great post. LifeAsLex

  5. I agree with you. Compassion in a person is far and few in between sadly. And it makes for an angry and unrelenting world. It hurts my heart so much to see innocent people attacked and killed for no reason.

    1. I think if people took a step back and took a moment to show compassion to someone else every day, the world would be a very different place. It’s so sad to see the amount of hate that’s in the world today.

  6. My heart hurts for all you ‘young sprouts’ and the world we are leaving you. May you find a better way and an encompassing world to share……..:(

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