A Frenchman’s Concern About The Future After Paris Attacks
In the aftermath of the attacks in Paris, Philippe Le Corre reflects on his status as a French-born citizen, how the attacks were different from the Charlie Hebdo and Kosher supermarket attacks, and the outpouring of support from around the world.
“The republic’s motto—liberty, equality, fraternity—is engraved on the walls of every single public building, and resonate for every French citizen—and many others, too. For over 1,000 years, Paris has been France’s capital and one of the world’s most important cities, a city of lights where lofty ideas (and sometimes eccentric ones) would originate,” says Le Corre.
But things are different, he adds quickly.
“Today, these values, this spirit, and this society are being challenged at heart by the one of the nastiest forms of ideology, and by its most radical translation: suicide bombing.”
Global Terrorism Is On The Rise
The Global Terrorism Index Report, which was released Tuesday, says there has been a “dramatic rise” in terrorism over the last 15 years. There are nine times more people killed in terrorist attacks today than there were in 2000.
The report found that:
Deaths from terrorism increased 80% last year to the highest level ever, with 32,658 people killed, compared to 18,111 in 2013;
Boko Haram and ISIL were jointly responsible for 51% of all claimed global fatalities in 2014;
Closing Borders Will Not Ensure Protection From Terrorists
Kavitha Rajagopalan of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs argues that closing the borders will not protect us from terrorist threats hat the strategy employed since September 11, 2001, has merged anti-terrorism strategies with immigration policy, and with little success.
“These policies are not only criminalizing minor rule breakers and contributing to a growing death toll of migrants and refugees in the oceans, mountains and deserts, they are not actually keeping anyone safe from terrorist attacks. In fact, not only has the so-called securitization of migration policies been ineffective, they’ve created problems we do not want: they have broken the trust between immigrant communities and their governments and contributed to a growing international humanitarian crisis of migrant deaths,” he writes.