In the run up to this year’s Big Issues Day, in which students will be researching many issues, two of which are connected with the war in Syria and the masses of refugees washing up onto European shores in search of safety and a future, the issues hit close to home with attacks in Paris and Beirut, Lebanon shocking the world.

Just as we thought the worst had passed over for the grieving nation of France, more terror struck the city of love. In the search for suspected terrorist in connection with the attacks, a further firefight between police and the radicalised terrorist occurred. According to the BBC a further two people have been killed one of which was a female suicide bomber. Hasn’t Paris suffered enough?

As the news got out that terrorist had taken from us the lives of 129 people in Paris, the world turned its eyes to the French capital. Before you could blink twice social media was alight with messages of grief and comfort. The world united in offering the French people their condolences and condemning the actions of the terrorists.

The online world erupted into not only a display of grievance but an overcrowded debating chamber. However, this debating chamber is not the type where men wear tailored suits and bow ties. Oh no. Rules and sophistications are often forgotten when hidden behind a computer.

Debating Chamber

Arguments surfaced all over the place with anti-Islamic groups putting in their penny’s worth while the topic was red hot. They were met by fierce opposition and support for Islam and refugees soon became plastered across millions of news feeds. They preached a message, which the world, in its time of anger and sorrow, so dearly needed. They reached out to all those who misunderstood or through sheer ignorance ignored the fact, telling them that these terrorist do not represent Islam. These terrorist represent a corrupt few, a group of radicalised people who do not in the slightest represent Islam.

To put it into perspective, during the time of the Paris attacks another organised chain of suicide bombings was performed by ISIS in Beirut. In these attacks 43 people were killed. The majority of these innocent lives now lost to the world were Sunni Muslims. The UN has released a document listing the attacks etc linked with ISIS and in that document are a number of reported cases where Sunni Imam (Islamic religious leaders equivalent to a priest or minister) have been killed by ISIS. If they truly represent Islam as far too many people like to claim, then why do they kill their own? Everyone must understand that to tar the whole of Islam with the same brush is simply ignorant. We understand that there is a difference between Protestants and Catholics. Why can’t we get our heads around the fact that there is a difference between these radicalised maniacs and the rest of Islam?

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