From Beirut, This Is Paris: In A World That Doesn’t Care About Arab Lives 

When a friend told me past midnight to check the news about Paris, I had no idea that I would be looking at a map of a city I love, delineating locations undergoing terrorist attacks simultaneously. I zoomed in on that map closer; one of the locations was right to where I had stayed when I was there in 2013, down that same boulevard.

The more I read, the higher the number of fatalities went. It was horrible; it was dehumanizing; it was utterly and irrevocably hopeless: 2015 was ending the way it started – with terrorists attacks occuring in Lebanon and France almost at the same time, in the same context of demented creatures spreading hate and fear and death wherever they went.

I woke up this morning to two broken cities. My friends in Paris who only yesterday were asking what was happening in Beirut were now on the opposite side of the line. Both our capitals were broken and scarred, old news to us perhaps but foreign territory to them.

Today, 128 innocent civilians in Paris are no longer with us. Yesterday, 45 innocent civilians in Beirut were no longer with us. The death tolls keep rising, but we never seem to learn.

Amid the chaos and tragedy of it all, one nagging thought wouldn’t leave my head. It’s the same thought that echoes inside my skull at every single one of these events, which are becoming sadly very recurrent: we don’t really matter.

When my people were blown to pieces on the streets of Beirut on November 12th, the headlines read: explosion in Hezbollah stronghold, as if delineating the political background of a heavily urban area somehow placed the terrorism in context.

When my people died on the streets of Beirut on November 12th, world leaders did not rise in condemnation. There were no statements expressing sympathy with the Lebanese people. There was no global outrage that innocent people whose only fault was being somewhere at the wrong place and time should never have to go that way or that their families should never be broken that way or that someone’s sect or political background should never be a hyphen before feeling horrified at how their corpses burned on cement. Obama did not issue a statement about how their death was a crime against humanity; after all what is humanity but a subjective term delineating the worth of the human being meant by it?

What happened instead was an American senator wannabe proclaiming how happy he was that my people died, that my country’s capital was being shattered, that innocents were losing their lives and that the casualties included people of all kinds of kinds.


When my people died, no country bothered to lit up its landmarks in the colors of their flag. Even Facebook didn’t bother with making sure my people were marked safe, trivial as it may be. So here’s your Facebook safety check: we’ve, as of now, survived all of Beirut’s terrorist attacks.


When my people died, they did not send the world in mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck along the international news cycle, something that happens in those parts of the world.

And you know what, I’m fine with all of it. Over the past year or so, I’ve come to terms with being one of those whose lives don’t matter. I’ve come to accept it and live with it.

Expect the next few days to exhibit yet another rise of Islamophobia around the world. Expect pieces about how extremism has no religion and about how the members of ISIS are not true Muslims, and they sure are not, because no person with any inkling of morality would do such things. ISIS plans for Islamophobic backlashes so it can use the backlash to point its hellish finger and tell any susceptible mind that listens: look, they hate you.

And few are those who are able to rise above.

Expect the next few days to have Europe try and cope with a growing popular backlash against the refugees flowing into its lands, pointing its fingers at them and accusing them of causing the night of November 13th in Paris. If only Europe knew, though, that the night of November 13 in Paris has been every single night of the life of those refugees for the past two years. But sleepless nights only matter when your country can get the whole world to light up in its flag color.

The more horrifying part of the reaction to the Paris terrorist attacks, however, is that some Arabs and Lebanese were more saddened by what was taking place there than what took place yesterday or the day before in their own backyards. Even among my people, there is a sense that we are not as important, that our lives are not as worthy and that, even as little as it may be, we do not deserve to have our dead collectively mourned and prayed for.

It makes sense, perhaps, in the grand sense of a Lebanese population that’s more likely to visit Paris than Dahyeh to care more about the former than about the latter, but many of the people I know who are utterly devastated by the Parisian mayhem couldn’t give a rat’s ass about what took place at a location 15 minutes away from where they lived, to people they probably encountered one day as they walked down familiar streets.

We can ask for the world to think Beirut is as important as Paris, or for Facebook to add a “safety check” button for us to use daily, or for people to care about us. But the truth of the matter is, we are a people that doesn’t care about itself to begin. We call it habituation, but it’s really not. We call it the new normal, but if this normality then let it go to hell.

In the world that doesn’t care about Arab lives, Arabs lead the front lines.


629 thoughts on “From Beirut, This Is Paris: In A World That Doesn’t Care About Arab Lives 

  1. Well written and interesting article. I’m a 18-year-old student from Germany and happened to find your blog as I was trying to find out more about Adel Termos. I heard about him on social media (haven’t heard anything about him or Beirut on the news honestly… or maybe I just wasn’t paying enough attention). Anyway, I just wanted to thank you for your blog, for talking about things like that. Some people already start using the attacks in Paris as argument for their Islamophobia, which makes me sick. I couldn’t agree more to you. My heart goes out to all victims of terrorism, no matter where they are from. To Beirut, to Paris, to the World.

  2. Only a chicken knows how it feels when it’s feathers are plucked. And we my friend, are just eggs.

    Developed countries will definitely be the first to sympathize with one another. Just like fellow members of the Arab community were in fact the first to sympathize with us. They know how it feels. This is everyday to both of us.
    They, on the other hand, feel closer and more similar to communities in Europe. Not to mention their powerful media that will now stand on the graves of the French victims to manipulate immigration policies and regulations in their governments.
    Classic politics.

  3. Keep heart! As an American, we are so controlled by our own news media and idiots in power that regular people just don’t KNOW. Articles like this help open our eyes and our minds. A lot of that is from lack of knowledge about the Koran, Islam and Mohammad. I personally don’t know that much except from a tidbit here and there. I really need to try to find more information. Some of the stuff I heard makes me raise an eyebrow, but the Bible itself makes me roll my eyes sometimes, and I know I just chalk it up to being written way after Jesus died by a bunch of narrow-minded men. Do you guys think the same way about the crazy parts? Like I said, we need knowledge and understanding so we just don’t write it all off as “not in my circle”. With understanding comes caring and empathy. We ALL need more of that. Please, keep writing. Open people’s eyes.

  4. We’re so used to Arabs killing Arabs, and just about anyone else, that we don’t have the reflex you’re looking for anymore. We’re waiting for Arabs to become Arabs and stand up for Arabs, instead of Suni, shiite, yezete, wahabi, salifi . . . killing everyone. We’re waiting for you, all 2 billion of you, to stand up. To create a state where this can’t go on. Maybe our disappointment has numbed us. Maybe we’re too stunned or amazed at how silent you are to notice when you, too, are counted amongst the dead.

    • You know, that is a good point. Any action westerners takes makes an “us against you” problem. This whole mess would be solved if Muslims as a whole put these guys in their place. There really isn’t room in the modern world for this kind of hate.

      • Sometimes you have to fight and die for your freedom. History indicates bad regimes with hateful ideas just did not go away, but attracted more extremists. Would love to see Muslim countries strongly get involved to stop ISIS.

        • Lmfao maybe the US should stop funding and arming these terrorist groups. THE US IS THE ONE WHO IS CAUSING ALL OF THIS. They arm ISIL. They arm the saudis. Youre all blind

          • Hahaha, you moron. You just find it hard to admit that your own civilization is fucked up beyond all repair.

          • Jews are not spreading hate about Arabs, it’s the other way round. Start by not killing each other, and take it from there

          • No true, but this is your opinion. You probably didn’t watched last years documentary “1913: Seeds of Conflict”. In that, the historians explained that the Russian Jews came to Middle East in 1913 and saw the rich Arabs and decided to make them poor. After that, British Mandate started and the Jews cuddled up to Brits. After the Mandate, UN was lazy enough to even divide the land between Israel and Palestine and gave the Jews full control of the Middle East.

    • you are totally right my friend, in fact why we are asking the world to care for Arab country while they are not caring for them self. can someone tell me what is the number of refuges welcomed in the Arab countries (certainly except Lebanon and Jordan) it’s almost ZERO, Also about islamophobia, how can they convince people that Islam is good while you can see big Islamic countries supporting what ISIS do and every day you hear a sheikh somewhere calling for jihad? if the mentality of Arab countries stayed this way so all the other world will keep treating them the same way

    • Agreed. They blame the US for “funding terrorism”, but the Middle East has been fighting about religion for thousands of years – were the Americans funding terrorism back then? Obviously not. Countries that choose to stand up and defend themselves against such heathens do not tolerate these acts – just like ISIS rose up, the civilians outnumber them and could rise up as well but they’re generations of scared people. It starts with them, at the Genesis of it all … they can’t blame the West. Their dedication to their religion is stronger than they’re urge to grow as a people, and nobody can fix that but them.

      • Based on historical facts in one of three books that were required reading at a university course, Islamic Civilization, conducted by an Islamist. The angels were nudged out of Muhammed’s consciousness as his career ascended. I learned that the Prophet Muhammed was indeed highly gifted during his early years in Mecca, with many followers, most of whom were poor. Following his uncle’s advice, he left Mecca with 4-5,000 admirers heading northwest along Saudi Arabia’s east coast, landing at the entrance to Medina in 628 A.D..

        Controlled by Jews for millennia, the throng was allowed entry after negotiations. Two years later, there was a tense but non-violent power struggle. Muhammed’s visions led to his men attacking the jewish leaders in their beds with swords, killing hundreds in a single night. I recall a footnote to this at the bottom of the page “…Islamic historians begrudgingly confirm these events taking place.”

        The Arabian Peninsula had witnessed a time honored tradition of caravans conducting raids, or razzias on each other – but no weapons were used. They wrested or boxed and whoever won the fracas, could take the agreed-to booty.

        After further visions, Muhammed sent bands to attack unsuspecting caravans, butchering the peninsula, taking it over. So given these hard-to-swallow facts (see Satanic Verses, S. Rushdie), it is understandable that equal retribution of violence is an option, the choice being the victim’s, or if murdered, equal justice can be an option, until the perp asks forgiveness, in some cases.

        ALL THIS SAID — My USA’s Neocons, military gangsters, the Saud, and mainly Zionists here in the U.S. committed 9/11 — NOT Bin Laden or Al Quaeda. Then these psychopaths attacked afghanistan which had ZERO but now leads the globe in opium production.
        Then Iraq based on more Neocon Lies.

        Until America learns the truth, convicts its own for high crimes and metes out justice, apologizes and compensates for losses including 1,000,000+ Muslims killed by unjust and illegal wars, not until then do we deserve to feel safe from crazed jihadis.

        Truth, then Peace.

    • So, one has to be an Arab to care about the lives of peaceful, innocent individuals of Arab descend and to stand for them, right? They don’t belong to the same subspecies (i.e. Homo sapiens sapiens) as French people or the other Europeans, do they?
      By the way, where does the number 2 billion come from? There are 420–450 million Arabs in the World.

  5. So true… What if the world we live on, was caring for every human being. For every-single-one, from a parisian that will no longer walk with us beneath Eifel Tower, or for a murdered mexican teacher, or a massacred american student that will no longer be with us in class at school, or an arab girl that will not be waking up again on the echoes of the Mosques and Churches of beautiful Beirut,. Yesterday, it was Paris, just moments before it was Beirut… Mexico, Oregon, Kurdistan… and before that? and after that? Shame on politics, shame on the killers, but also, a bit of shame on us for not wearing up the colors of all the world but just of those we politically choose to…

  6. There are lots in the west who are with you…..we are daily trying to spread the word of middle eastern suffering, of the atrocities often carried out in name…..keep the faith in humanity….we are trying!! We condemn the murderers in France and we condemn the murderers in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen and wherever they are in the world

    • The murderers were undercover Israeli commandos most of which are sitting on Wikipedia and wage war against America and the West. I always knew that Wikipedia and ISIS are the same thing.

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    • It’s not a contest, but peoples completely disregard for one tragedy while simultaneously pointing fingers at the same 1.6 billion people for another illustrates the “us vs them” viewpoint.

  8. Reblogged this on Ned Hamson's Second Line View of the News and commented:
    When my people died, they did not send the world in mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck along the international news cycle, something that happens in those parts of the world.

    And you know what, I’m fine with all of it. Over the past year or so, I’ve come to terms with being one of those whose lives don’t matter. I’ve come to accept it and live with it.

    Expect the next few days to exhibit yet another rise of Islamophobia around the world. Expect pieces about how extremism has no religion and about how the members of ISIS are not true Muslims, and they sure are not, because no person with any inkling of morality would do such things. ISIS plans for Islamophobic backlashes so it can use the backlash to point its hellish finger and tell any susceptible mind that listens: look, they hate you.

    And few are those who are able to rise above.

    Expect the next few days to have Europe try and cope with a growing popular backlash against the refugees flowing into its lands, pointing its fingers at them and accusing them of causing the night of November 13th in Paris. If only Europe knew, though, that the night of November 13 in Paris has been every single night of the life of those refugees for the past two years. But sleepless nights only matter when your country can get the whole world to light up in its flag color.

    The more horrifying part of the reaction to the Paris terrorist attacks, however, is that some Arabs and Lebanese were more saddened by what was taking place there than what took place yesterday or the day before in their own backyards. Even among my people, there is a sense that we are not as important, that our lives are not as worthy and that, even as little as it may be, we do not deserve to have our dead collectively mourned and prayed for.

    It makes sense, perhaps, in the grand sense of a Lebanese population that’s more likely to visit Paris than Dahyeh to care more about the former than about the latter, but many of the people I know who are utterly devastated by the Parisian mayhem couldn’t give a rat’s ass about what took place at a location 15 minutes away from where they lived, to people they probably encountered one day as they walked down familiar streets.

    We can ask for the world to think Beirut is as important as Paris, or for Facebook to add a “safety check” button for us to use daily, or for people to care about us. But the truth of the matter is, we are a people that doesn’t care about itself to begin. We call it habituation, but it’s really not. We call it the new normal, but if this normality then let it go to hell.

    In the world that doesn’t care about Arab lives, Arabs lead the front lines.

    • It’s a war, and the sooner we accept that fact the better. I’m seriously sick of the Muslims that say “Oh, they aren’t true Muslims, we are the religion of peace”. Yet they are never the ones to blast ISIS and other terror groups. They just make apologies and excuses for them. Islam demands that I convert, become a slave, or die. I refuse to convert and I won’t be a slave… Where does that leave me and other free men?

      The war has been thrust upon us. There is no negotiation with Islam. They are at war with us. We need to go to war with them.

      • So you blame the religion for the human mistakes? What happen when Buddhist people killed 100.000 Muslim in myanmar? Did you blame the Buddhist people too? And what do you mean demand? In my country we respect all religion, not like you, you’re just afraid of ISIS but you blame Muslim for what ISIS did, it’s so funny how your brain work

        • I blame the Jews for the wars we are in. I blame Wikipedia for brainwashing its editors to believe that attacks were carried out by Muslims. Yet, we all know that is not true. 9/11 Wasn’t caused by Muslims, it was caused by Jews. The Jews didn’t informed CIA of the attack.

    • What you seem to forget is that Paris population is extremely mixed, you indeed have Muslims (15-20% of our people), amongst them were Tunisians, Marrocans, Algerians and most likely Lebanese… because France has been and remain a symbol of liberty and acceptance, where you can be any color, race or religion, no one really cares – you are French before all.

      It’s true that what happened in Beirut has not had as much impact in the media, it’s very sad but probably comes from the fact that westerners don’t see any change their, the war in Liban and Palestine has been their for the past 30 years, we just get so “used” to see this type of sad news that it is not even chocking us anymore – I agree, this is not an excuse but it’s normal human behavior.
      What are Arabs and Westerns governments doing about it? the complex political scene and the conflict of interests makes it incredibly difficult for us to comprehend, for the most simple minds they do not even comprehend differences between Arabs themselves… This leads to a total simplification of “us vs. them”.
      One thing that I feel would make a huge difference is if all Arabs from any religions and friends of Arabs around the world – and we are many – where to stand up together and put pressure on media, governments, institutions to make this insanity stop! But this has to come first from Arabs, in particular those that have been financially successful in the West… But you can’t blame the West for everything that’s happening now, that’s also over simplifying the problems.
      Just a reminder, the OAPEC originated in Beirut in 1968. I still wait to see an Arab leadership stand up for something else than oil or natural gas. I have a dream…

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  10. Islam is a barbaric , medieval, brutal, backwards, demented, irrational, misogynist excuse of a religion filled with hate and murder. Islam should be banned in all Western countries and left to the Muslim barbarians in their God-forsaken countries,

    • I don’t know whether you are serious or if this is supposed be to be some kind of joke. Islam is not terrorism. Terror is just terror.
      If anyone slays a person
      – unless it be for murder or for spreading mischief in the land –
      it would be as if he slew all people.
      And if anyone saves a life,
      it would be as if he saved the life of all people.
      Quran 5:32

      • This Quran sura us COPIED from the old testament. In fact, this is just telling the story that appears in the old testament. Allah wasn’t giving this order to Muslims in the Quran. Stop taking this out of context.

    • Islam is also a beautiful religion about love and humanity, it’s all about interpretation and how some radicalized groups transform it to their benefits.

      Keep in mind that Catholics also killed and scared entire populations through wrong interpretations again for the benefits of a few.

    • Shouldn’t we ban Judaism as well? Keep in mind, it is them who waged war on 9/11, not Muslims. Remember 3 dancing Arabs that turned out to be Israeli spies? Remember how Ariel Sharon said that “9/11 is good for Israel”? Now which religion is peaceful?

  11. Thank you for this.

    I’ve been thinking about this, too. As a Westerner, I’m not sure how much is the conception that Beirut is in a place where things blow up all the time, how much is racism, and how much is Islamophobia. My guess is that it’s an equal mix of all of those things, along with the media choosing what will get ratings.

    But please remember that not all Americans are Republican stump speech Twitter accounts, just as some Westerners (unfortunately) need to be reminded that Islam does not equal violence.

    • Of course we know that not all americans or as you said westerners feel like that. But one big problem is the devision between west and east, north and south. Why would you assume that we are that different?

      Lebanon is closer geographically and historically to greece then other arab or muslim countries, do people ever think of that ?

      What about all the non muslims who live in Lebanon and the region? Does the world even know that? no we’re all painted with this big ugly brush.

      It’s not that black and white and the world needs to remember that. There should be no “US” and “THEM” , “west” and “east” we’re all humans and we all share the same basic values and aspirations.

      • “Lebanon is closer geographically and historically to Greece then other Arab or Muslim countries, do people ever think of that?”
        LOL You need to look at the map carefully, and also, to learn about the history of both countries. You seem to have confused Lebanon with Turkey which isn’t an Arab country though. By the way, I wouldn’t call Lebanon a Muslim country since only a half of its population is Muslim, the rest are Christian, Druze and of other religions.

  12. Oh…don’t compare Paris to Beirut!!!! Dahia quarter in Beirut is a hizzbulla central base. The only people allowed to live in that area are militia members…so it’s a clear case of two terrorist groups killing each other, don’t compare it to Paris…where a terrorist group butchered innocent civilians.

    • What the hell is wrong with you?? First off, it’s not just militia that was living there. Also innocent people were in Beirut, so yes it is exactly the same thing, its just because they are From middle East is why you would even make such a stupid comment like that

      • Lies!!!! I would not live with my family in a militia quarter. Even if I had to sleep in a freakin tent. The only thing in common is that both brutal murders were done by Muslims. Do your research, check all recent conflicts worldwide. At least One side is always Muslim ! And 100 percent of the time, the trigger to the conflict was Muslim. Keep it real pal. I’m talking facts, not personal opinions.

        • So consider the terrorist attacks in Ankara turkey just over a month ago. Capital city of a secular country and similar death toll as Paris. Opened in the main downtown area where everyone goes and lives and shops and commutes through. At a peace rally no less. Yet similar no Fb check in to say they’re ok, no buildings lit up. You may come up with another excuse that somehow covers turkey. What about Kenya earlier in this year in the spring? What’s your excuse for all of these things? Paris deserves to be mourned and all the solidarity. But you’re missing the main point here. Not all lives are equal for the media maybe but for a mother father sibling friend or lover, where it really matters, a life is a life.

          Some people are making very insensitive comments about real tragedies.

        • I couldn’t help but press the reply button pal! i only have one question for you, what makes you so sure that the people who were responsible for all the terrorist attacks were Muslims? i mean really what makes a person a Muslim? the Allahu akbar they shout after committing a crime? or what? i’m lost here you gotta help me, you gotta give me some clues here, cause the last time I checked Terrorism had no religion.

      • And while we are on it…why does Lebanon…who’s a country that has an Army…need a militia sitting comfortably in the heart of the capital????ever seen that crap allowed anywhere else in the developed world? You lie to yourself, the dude that wrote this article is lieing to his readers…cheap Muslim tears. Get your shot together, stop living by your sword and contribute to this world instead of spreading lies and terror

        • There’s a big chance the writer of this article is Christian Lebanese so ure stupid islamophobic arguments are useless. I am Christian Lebanese and because we live in a region with muslims we understand what islam is and we don’t view it through that ignorant eye that you see it through. We and other muslims and jews and all other people from the region are the first victims of ISIS and islamic extremism and we are of no interest to defend it.

        • Why don’t you ask Israel why Hezbollah exists and why it has the role the role it has in Lebanese society (hint: it is a resistance organisation).Educate yourself, perhaps you’ll be able to overcome your ignorance.

    • Oh please!!! If you don’t know don’t speak!!! Are you Lebanese? Have you ever been in Lebanon to have the right to write what you think you know or you heard some dumd politics saying?

      • So you claim that it’s normal for a country that has an army….to have an armed militia as well???? that’s exactly the islamic way of thinking, no order,no rules no nothing. you sit and let people die for nothing and…oh, they don’t die for nothing the become “shahid” and bring repeat because you have your dead kid on a poster on every wall and now, everyone respects the family and shake the father’s hands and he goes on T.V and say praise god for taking my kid. and the entire world is watching, thinking that we are animals, cause maybe we are and we need to admit that. we love it when our kids die for a holy cause. WE LOVE IT. now, i admit it and that’s one step forward in a long road of becoming human. you, think that everything is fine, a militia of one crazy man that hides in a bunker for years while sending his men to fight….sometime fight his own country’s army….is o.k.
        Shame on you for supporting it. instead of asking if i was even in Lebanon, maybe the question should be….have YOU ever been anywhere else in this world ????

  13. It is sad to say that we have already written off so much of the Middle East as a ‘lost cause’. I, for one, am truly appalled at myself, as I have had some wonderful Lebanese friends throughout my life, and have always wanted to visit Lebanon. However, I had allowed myself to fall into the pit of “it’s there, not here, so it’s okay”.

    The truth is, this terror war that is being fought around the world has places which are more readily available for attack, and places which most believe are immune from it. War has been waged in the ‘Fertile Crescent’ for all of recorded history. Does that make it right? No. Does that mean it should be passed over like a small crack in the pavement? No. Like it or not, it has become commonplace there, and those of us outside the hotspot consider it the norm.

    To the author of this, I am truly sorry for not concerning myself more with the bombings in Beirut, as well as the terror attacks in Paris. It may make no difference to several, but it does to me. Beirut is as valuable a place as any in this world, and therefore, should be celebrated and mourned as much as Paris. I will make a better effort myself to ensure that I understand that any terror attack anywhere in the world is heinous.

  14. Arab… in fact, all lives matter. Paris was targeted for their efforts against the war in terror, effecting so many lives Christian, Muslim, and everything in between. Whenever innocents are killed, no matter where, there should be mourning. My thoughts and wishes for peace to everyone. The madness needs to end.

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  16. Part of the reason that the world “cares” more about Paris is that we don’t expect this kind of thing to happen in Paris. We expect it to happen in Arab countries, but not in places like Paris. Thus, we are more shocked when it happens there, and it gets more attention than if it happened in a place like Beirut. It is sad that this is the case

  17. Fantastic article, you’ve managed to express what I fear with so much poise and eloquence. We are toeing a dangerous line. I have seen people with whom I was educated expressing views that ‘this is what happens when you let them in’ and the like on social media tonight. That kind of statement turns my stomach; our schooling was good, although the student body was not diverse enough to enable people of different faiths to intermingle. We are responding exactly as ISIS would have us, reinforcing their creed that the West is warring with Islam as a whole. We are becoming the aggressors after a different fashion, turning on innocent people, albeit less explosively. People in their panic are turning a blind eye to the fact that muslims are killing muslims en masse throughout the world.

    What I find most terrifying is the insidious suggestions being bandied around that refugees are somehow at fault, when this is precisely the climate of fear under which they themselves have lived, and from which they have fled. These attacks are ramped up and their significance overplayed by British media to the benefit of no man, except perhaps for the perpetrators of this evil. I’ve not managed to find a figure for the sum total of people who died outside of France yesterday due to acts of terror, but I would wager the majority of terror victims this week in the world at large have been muslims. They stand to lose far more from this than we Europeans do.

    We ourselves inhabit countries where the degree to which we are safe, statistically speaking, is historically unprecedented and as such we have become complacent. We forget that satirism used to be a dangerous and subversive act, and seem astounded that cartoonists were the targets of a terrorist attack. When did we grow so forgetful and short sighted? By panicking we strengthen ISIS’s cause, driving more disgruntled people to throw their lot in which a barbaric, criminal organisation. If ISIS is the hammer, we are fast becoming the anvil. This will escalate but not in a fashion that anyone can control, and certainly not without extensive collateral damage but we Europeans seem only to care for casualties of our own ethnicity. This isn’t a clear cut case of us versus them.

    I’m too incensed to make sense. Eurgh.

  18. Part of the reason the world “cares” more about Paris is that we don’t expect this kind of thing to happen in Paris. We expect it to happen in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, but we don’t expect it in places like Paris.

  19. There is no question that murder, wherever it occurs, is a tragedy. Our prayers should be with all those innocents who suffer either loss of life or loss of loved ones, regardless of religion, race, nationality or location. It will only be when we stop hating others just because they are different in beliefs or appearance and try to understand that we share more then we are different that progress can be made. With that said, a few observations and questions about what you write. When you speak of “my people”, of whom do you speak, Lebanese, Arabs, Sunnis, Shiites? Whose flag would you have us raise in sympathy? I think we struggle more understanding Middle Eastern culture in part because of the factions. In France, most people embrace the unifying concept of being French, regardless of other factors. It is thus easier for the world to fly a flag in sympathy. We should also note that the attacks in France were precisely because the French have decided that Arab lives do matter and have joined in the fight against ISIS, rather than simply stay safe in the bounds of their own country and not draw the ire of the terrorists. Finally, bear in mind that the world often does not express the same level of sympathy when attacks occur from within, as opposed to without. The capitals of the world did not fly American flags when Timothy McVeigh bombed the building in Oklahoma. The world did not fly Norwegian flags over the killings there. In the Middle East, it is often difficult to determine whether the attacks occur from within or without (circling back to the question about “my people”). So while we should mourn the dead and grieving everywhere, it seems unfair to suggest that a show of support for the French is somehow also a denigration of others who have died throughout the world. Namaste

  20. Dear author, (I don’t see a byline on my phone), you are right and you are wrong. Speaking personally, I grieve for all who were killed yesterday in attacks of senseless violence (and I think it’s all pretty senseless),but I was definitely more shocked by the events in Paris. You, yourself do matter, clearly your life has an impact. This was a powerful piece, someone shared it with me, and I will share it too. You do matter and you make a difference. Peace to you and to us all.

  21. Thank you for writing this article. I had heard a few things about the attack in Beirut but the media touched on it while running 24 hour news coverage on Paris on the news with Internet updates every few minutes. Terrorist attacks of this caliber seem unusual in the west while people shrug or say “Yeah, figures.” about Beirut. At the same time they shame Muslims and blame them and refugees that were trying to escape the same horror of terrorism. We need to all understand that everyone’s life is sacred and we should treasure their time here no matter whère they are, what religion they are, or what color their skin is. I stand with human life. Those who lost so much in Beirut and Paris are in my thoughts and in my heart.

  22. I thought if you. And I prayed for you and will continue to do so. And there are many many many others like me doing the same, despite the lesser acknowledgment. Peace to you.

  23. I am truly sorry that what you said is true. I’m sorry for the losses your city suffered. I hate the reaction that will be flaunted everywhere. A religion doesn’t cause this destruction, hate does. A love of evil and pain was behind all the attacks. I hope you and your fellow citizens well.

  24. The murder of innocent people matters no matter where they live. You cannot compare Beirut to Paris because its not as well known or frequented by people from Europe and North America and yes it is being mentioned in the news often today. The numbers killed and in very critical condition and expected to die are also a lot higher than the tragedy in Beirut so be fair.

  25. Beirut is as important as any country under attack from these evil demented groups. I believe the reason why so much is being said about Paris is because of the fear of knowing no matter how big your all you still can fall hard. America and Paris felt they couldn’t be touched and now realize this evil,,flows into any country they choose no one is safe and they must be destroyed.

  26. I want to say sorry. Have only dipped in and out of news past few days. BUT, I know loads about Paris and only saw about Beirut attacks via a Paris link on FB. It is so wrong and unfair all that as happened. And, how lives are portrayed in some kind of hierarchy. Agree with nocturnalminefield about the hideous ‘blaming’ of the desperate refugees. All are in my thoughts and prayers.

  27. The media is a powerful entity. France is an American ally that’s helped us when no one would. That’s why you see such a big uprising. Plus the media has a very big push on what people see. You should use logic instead of assuming the world hates Arabs. I don’t. I’m sure I’m not the only one who thinks like this, hopefully. I don’t think of it in terms of race or religion. Good people don’t blow people up, bad people do. There’s evil everywhere. I know that and I’m not even religious. This shouldn’t be a publicity contest. I wish more people felt strong enough to stop the hate breeding in the media and in people around them. Most people react in anger towards death. It’s a HUMAN reaction. We’re all just human.

  28. How dare you.
    How dare you speak for us, the reasonable, and in terms that dehumanize the very people who try to provide some comfort, if only symbolic, to the victims of violence.
    How dare you accuse all of us, or any of us, of not caring for Arab lives. There were Arab lives lost in Paris last night and we know it.
    This IS different from Beirut, a location identified with violence for a generation. Paris has been associated with enlightened culture and progress for centuries.
    Don’t be an infant.

    • You just proved exactly what this author conveyed. You say that Beirut is identified with violence. Are you insinuating that the Lebanese innocents living there are used to senseless acts of violence? What is the difference between a French life and a Lebanese life? Why should the city where violent acts ensue matter? There is a unbalance in weighing the lives of certain groups over others. Every life lost should matter, despite their origins.

  29. I think the problem isn’t that people don’t care, it is that they don’t fully understand what the problems are that are the cause of the issues. An example is the query above: where ‘mere mortals’/Joe Public have to start at the levels of ‘to clarify, are Lebanese Arabs?’. People are not only so far away, it is also so very hard for people to try and unpick the truth from additional layers of propaganda, lies from all sides that ultimately surround the truth. To desensitise the argument but give an example: as English person, my entire youth was spent avoiding being blown up by Irish extremists. In Warrington (to illustrate: do you known were that is by the way?) they even deliberately set and targeted children who would be shopping in the centre of town killing many of them all ‘in the name of Ireland’. I was in Manchester and London for the many bomb threats and bombs. The FURY of the Irish at the English was huge …and yet …the ordinary English person had no freaking idea why we were being blown up. Half the Irish population wanted us to ‘get the Fck out of their country!’ while the other half were barking ‘you’d better not leave us because we’re British!’. Absolutely BIZARRE rituals were attributed to us as English people, that actually we knew nothing about: Orangemans’ (Orangemens?) Day for example. On a visit to Ireland in a loyalist area with a nudge and a wink I was shown a picture of some guy in a wig on a horse …”that’s King Billy …(wink) …you know, King Billy on his horse …”. No, actually, as an English person I don’t know – William of Orange was Dutch, and (as I understand it) the forces he took to do whatever he did in Ireland were also Dutch. It was also over 300 years ago …as English people we had moved on. NO ordinary on-the-street English person could understand the complexities of the Irish problem – particularly if you then visited Southern Ireland, where it wasn’t even the Irish problem, but ‘we, the English had a problem with Northern Ireland’. Yet the women, men and children ‘in-the-street’ in England we’re getting blown up for it when in all honesty they had no idea what the problem even was. Please don’t let this appear that I’m belittling the serious problems Ireland had; but it actually had nothing to do with the ‘person-in-the-street’ in England who in reality just thought of Ireland as ‘Ireland’. Yet ordinary English people were being blown to pieces for years for something they didn’t even understand.

    I totally agree that what is being done by Jewish peoples towards Palestinians is outrageous – PURELY on the grounds that the Jewish people of all peoples should be the flagship nation to show the human race that no inter-racial dispute should permit the targeting and genocide of another. I have a great dream which is to take Jewish/Israelis fundamentalists and stand them on the graves of their ancestors in Auschwitz and ask them to explain to me how there is an argument that should now be listened to that justifies the mass murder, ghettoing, and enforced relocation of another set of people. As a neutral person the argument seems to begin with “you don’t understand! This is our homeland!!” …well …when I was 11yrs old I went as an English person to Germany; because of my age, I got away with asking a question an adult probably would not have done: “how did you get to such a place of hatred that you allowed neighbours and friends to be dragged away en masse and did nothing?”. The answer was “you don’t understand! It was about recovering control of our homeland! We were becoming second class in our own country – a German could not get justice, nor access to finances. We had to take back our homeland”. That answer is an abomination for what was done in terms of the Final Solution. Never again can words be spoken to justify atrocities like that. And yet …as a neutral person …Jewish peoples/Israelis expect to explain their actions against Palestians beginning “you don’t understand! It’s about our homeland!”. The reason I’d like to take these people to Auschwitz is because we do not allow there to be any spoken words to try and justify the Nazis horrors of what was done in the Holocaust, because there are none. But if Jewish nations believe there are, then maybe they should stand on their ancestors and use the words “let us explain: it is about recovering homeland” – I believe the very screams of their ancestors would rise up shouting that as humanity we have learnt nothing. I’ve watched the most intellectually insulting discussions that only have a place in a children’s playground, in trying to understand: (Jewish view:) “Palestinians don’t exist as a nation!” (Me:) “well, they seem to exist ..I can even touch them!” (Jewish view:). “No, no!! You see two thousand years ago …”. No, NO, NO!! There are no arguments involving killing people today that go back two, three, four THOUSAND years ago. Move on! I’ve heard Jews and Palestinians debating about what the Romans did or didn’t do or say. I see Jews and Palestinians arguing about Gods who appear to be the same but with different names, fighting over rights to religious sites that appear to be the same places equally treasured for the same reasons. No: as the mere European man-in-the-street we struggle keeping up historically with what happened a hundred years ago, not thousands of years ago. And this is why what has been done in Paris is so tragic – because those people are not directly involved in the ‘problem’, they too won’t even know or understand all the complexities of it. Like Ireland, the man-in-the-street doesn’t understand: do Arab nations want us to withdraw all our troops or assistance because it seemed to me that when we tried to do that in Iraq, all hell broke loose. To try to explain it would be like English people responding to the IRA years by coming to Syria and shooting/blowing up ‘in th street’ Muslim people in retaliation for the Ireland bombs ..I’m absolutely sure none of the Arab or Israelis nations would even know where Ireland/England are let alone understand things like the Manchester and London bombs. And that ‘s the tragedy – people are paying with their lives for politics we don’t even properly understand nor are able to influence our Government actions on. It isn’t right that people are losing their lives in Arab nations ….but killing other innocent people doesn’t influence people to try to understand or help. We are told ‘help us fight ISIS! They are killing now our non-extremist Muslim people!’, yet when forces are deployed we are damned if we do, and damned if we don’t. The tragedy is people who have very little if any understanding or control of what’s happening have been massacred.

    • Hey there.
      I have to admit, I had some trouble understanding how you made the switch to the israeli-palestinian conflict and back; i can’t quite catch the connection from your post, except for the fact that it’s a very fashionable conflict to discuss, despite being by far the least bloody one in the middle east.
      Also, I have some trouble understanding the comparacement to WW2. you mentioned genocide, ghettoing, forced relocation; Nothing like that happened on this land in my lifetime, and you seemed to care quite a lot about moving past history. The worst thing happening to the palestinians in the west bank right now is the 35000 palestinians expected to lose their jobs due to the European boycoot on good from there.

      It might comfort you to know – like most israeli jews, I’ve been on a school trip to Aushwitz, where, beside remembrance, we talked about a few issues – one was exactly what you mentioned – not becoming the proprietor of atrocities.
      another one was “never again”.
      you’ll also be happy to know – I, like most israelis, recognize the palestinians and support them eventually having a country of their own; but if it ends up like gaza did, ruled by islamic radicalism and hate, that would be worst-case-scenario for everyone. I don’t care one bit what happened two thousand or two hundred years ago. I don’t care for race. I hate no one. And I can give you my word I do know where England and Ireland are.

      Also, I think we have a moral disagreement. I don’t think it matters how ignorant or up-to-date or even involved a person is when he is murdered. All human lives are sacred.

      On a semi-optimistic note:
      Tomorrow I will go back to my university. After getting frisked, having my bag checked and going through the metal detectors, I’ll have my identity card looked at and go sit in my class, which doubles as a bomb shelter. Inside I will sit among the other students – jews, muslims, christians; I promise you, not one word of hate will be heard in the room; And we will be safer then most other people in the world, because in our crazy part of the world, I live in a country that understands that if you don’t protect yourself, no one else will.

  30. Hey there; I live a bit south of your place, right across the border, in israel. We often feel the same. thanks for expressing them.
    My thoughts are with you.

  31. While I’m not Arabic, I have friends that are, and as a young black woman, with a beautiful name that others consider tarnished, I can honestly relate to how it feels to be among the lives that aren’t considered mattered, and I applaud how you were able to grow with it because it depresses me every time I think of it. I just don’t understand how there are those who can be so ignorant. Wonderful statement, and know that the black community feels your pain.

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  33. I hope you can translate tus palabras expresan la cruda realidad solo que me parece que no te has hecho la pregunta magica por que? Piensalo y meditalo un rato trata de ser lo mas autocritico y objetivo posible vas a encontrar la respuesta ojo esa respuesta no es la mas justa es cierto ni justa.

  34. “… how the members of ISIS are not true Muslims, and they sure are not, because no person with any inkling of morality would do such things.”

    I don’t get, why Religion in general and especially Islam is associated with morality. Islam is incompatible with basic human rights like for example equality in front of the law.

  35. Ani, your comment shows profound ignorance. Israelis know where England and Ireland are, lol, and so do Palestinians. And nothing going on there resembles anything from World War II.

  36. Ani, your comment is profoundly ignorant. Both Israelis and Palestinians know where England/Ireland are on a map. They both have Internet and TV as well. Nothing going on there resembles World War II in any way shape or form.

  37. Thank you for writing this piece. The world needs more voices like yours to speak out in an authentic way – as human to human. We need to hear from – and listen to – each other. I am an American and want you to know that I’m as sorry to hear about the terrorist attacks in Beirut as I am to hear about the terrorist attacks in Paris. I know what comes across in the U.S. media makes it look like Americans don’t care about what goes on in certain countries, but there are many of us who do care – about Arab lives and all lives.

  38. Very well written and thank you for sharing your views. It is exactly because of you and many alike that the world knows about tragedies happened elsewhere that has been crudely silenced by the mainstream media.

    And don’t lose faith in Western society. Many people are still confused and don’t know what to do facing the unprecedented level of cultural tolerance today. We need more discussions and more conversations.

    And the truth is one is more likely to know his neighbor’s death than someone’s 20 blocks away. BUT, when he does know it, he shares the feeling of loss no less than that for his neighbor. When media chooses and selects things to report, that’s loss of professionalism (and the money-power dynamic behind all media companies). It’s not that people don’t share their condolences for people elsewhere, it’s just a matter of fact that people are not aware.

    So what’s the lesson learnt here? Shall we start to give some pressure to media outlets on the one hand, and ask for more responsible citizen journalism in those areas that many people don’t have the privileges to be in on the other? We cannot change other people’s ideology in days, but how can we use our privileges to start some change, even it’s small?

  39. WHAT is problem? It is absolutely natural, that media from west care more about western people as the arab media care more about arab people. And i bet with you that almost 100% people in Beirut care more about victims in their city and care much more less about horrible attack in distant Paris. It is everything about perspective. But i partly understand. Western media has bigger international range so it is optical illusion, that whole world more about France?

  40. Muslims are killing Muslims, and calling it Arab, and Muslims are victim of violence since it’s a religion of hate. They are done killing all non-muslims in these places, and don’t know what to do, so they now kill muslims, and find excuses. There are enough Muslims nations with no western interference and they still kill each other or non-muslims. So Europe/France, is just another battle ground, stop covering gruesome history of Islam, which thanks to such articles just keeps getting repeated again and again. Stop giving excuses to violence…..

    • Lebanon is not “a muslim country”. Not everybody killed in the attacks was muslim. and I think I missed the part where he says anything even remotly similar to justifying violance.

  41. Arabs and Muslim nations have shown no mercy, no sympathy or empathy for their fellow Arabs and Muslims so why should anyone else?

    • One could imagine a rephrasing of that rather heartless statement:

      Arab countries whose policies encourage and create violence against their citizens and citizens of other nations are wrong in their actions. As a person with agency in this world, I choose to speak out against these injustices by actively caring for people of the Muslim world who are not cared for by their governments. All peoples lives matter and even in my small capacity as a commenter on this blog I will communicate mercy, sympathy, and empathy towards those who need it most. Compassion is best way to heal wounds this deep.

      That’s a lot better, isn’t it?

      • Your sympathy and empathy mean nothing. The people who should show and give empathy and mercy are their governments, their fellow Muslims and themselves. This is another case of privilaged Westerners thinking they have the answers when they don’t. I’m sure those refugees and sex slaves appreciate your energy though. Kill them with kindness, right?

        • “The people who should show and give empathy and mercy” …..that would be humanity Sir in its entirety.

          Im not understanding your comment, you think that Lebanon should be disregarded from the news? That people should only sympathize with Paris?

      • Wow, so basically at first we generalise all muslims in the world (not just arabs) and now you come and generalise against all arab countries as well? Please tell me, which arab country doesn’t protect its citizens (except maybe Saudi Arabia)? Perhaps the basically crime free UAE?

        And you’re conveniently forgetting that Beirut was attacked exactly because Hezbollah was the first foreign entity to actively fight ISIS on the ground, even though ISIS didn’t directly attack Lebanon before.

        • Hezbollah is a terrorist organization. Hezbollah fighting ISIS is not some noble endeavor; rather its one barbaric group of savages fighting another. I just wish Israel could wipe them and their idiot sympathizes out

    • Just because Arabs and Muslim nations “have shown no mercy, sympathy or empathy” does not mean we should also be ignorant and careless. That’s a childish way of thinking. I’m sure all our parents have told us this quote ” just cuz your friends jump off a clif does not mean you should.” So think twice before you speak.

      • “We” as in the West as taken in countless immigrants, most of whom have assimilated well. We’re the only ones supporting refugees along with fighting the reason they are fleeing. Despite all this we still have attacks on our soil, most of which are committed by those born and raised here. We’ve been too compassionate and ignorant to see that this has been used against us, time and time again. The Arab nations, along with their ideology, needs to grow up and sort itself out.

        It’s unfortunate most people, particularly Liberals in the West, lack the ability to call out Islam and nations like Saudi Arabia for their stances on women, homosexuality etc. They’ll instead make up false issues that take time and resources from issues like what we’re facing now.

        • Wow. Privileged indeed, especially when the chaos in the middle east is caused by the corrupt politics and power hunger of the western countries……Hezbollah and ISIS were not even creations of the middle east, but western creations (American).

          Here is a quote that a friend of mine wrote that will perhaps explain my point better.

          “Let me pay some thugs to raid your house and kick you out of it. Then welcome you into my house, let you sleep on the floor, make you work and pay you peanuts as a favor. Then brag about the heroic act I did to the rest of the world.”

        • I agree with what you are saying Michael, you ‘re absolutely right!
          Western people are so kind, it’s about time to wake up and realize that Islam fundamentalism is real!!

        • What kind of bubble do you live i. to think that the US just blindly and lovingly takes in immigrants and then falls victim to their plots. Talk about ingnorance and blind idolatry of one of the most abusivr countries in the world. I appreciate being American for the opportunities it affords, but one must have a realistic world view of how things really are.

        • Firstly, it is not just Islam that has poor stances on women, homosexuality etc. Not sure if you heard the famous American Christian pastor the other day saying that it is better children drown than watch Harry Potter as Dumbledore is a gay sexual mentor. This is a guy who counts thousands, if not more, in his followers. Please do not confuse extremists with ordinary people who follow a religion.

          Saudi Arabia, who have beheaded more people than ISIS, should indeed be called to account. But that has nothing to do with not letting people into our countries. Think of the pain and horror you felt on Friday, now imagine you have to deal with that everyday. That is what these people are fleeing. Would you stay if a black-clad ISIS warrior was on your doorstep threatening your children?

    • Why should anyone else? Is that really a question? Because I have a different standard than those who do not care, that’s why I care! Am I sad that Saudi Arabia doesn’t make any effort to help in the refugee crisis, etc. ? Of course, but they don’t control my attitude

    • Why not? Showing empathy or mercy is not an obligation but it reminds us that pain and suffering has happened, happens and could happen to anyone.

      • How many refugees are we going to accept? 25,000? 250,000? The entire country of Syria or Iraq or both? We need to deal with the root cause of this and its Islam and its ongoing internal war. Sunni vs. Shit’ite and these artificial borders that cause problems. Will you hear that in the media or from bleeding heart Liberals? No. Its the fault of the evil Western government which has given you all the freedom to speak your mind and do as you wish. But when things go wrong who do you look to be the savior? The very West you criticize.

        • You think ‘Liberals’ don’t call out nations like saudi arabia? I think anyone with a shred of realpolitik understanding loathes Riyad and the House of Saud and all their ilk for the part they play in destroying the Middle-East and exporting takfiri terrorism across the world. But you seem to be obfuscating the Wider Middle-East with the Arabian Peninsula. Just beacuse those rich western sanctioned despot-kings and their vassals are the way they are, doesn’t mean Jordan, Lebanon, Iran, etc. are the same. As for your point about only the west helping, again, your confusing the gulf with all of the Near East. Most refuges are IN Jordan and Lebanon not waiting to get into our countries.

      • Excuse me but even animals can mourn the dead, to not feel the damage caused to both countries put’s below our wild friends

  42. What you have written is absolutely true! People in the Western world would probably care more about the dogs being slaughtered in China than they would care about the lives of hundreds of thousands of people that have been lost to chaos and violence from Morocco to Afghanistan.

    The value of a human being ought to be the same regardless of age, sex, race, nationality or religion. However, you have skipped a very important point that in my opinion makes all the difference between what a life is worth in the West and what it is worth in the Arab world.
    My friend, we are a nation that cherishes death! We are a nation that still coins the term martyrdom every time we suffer from soul losses! We are a nation that considers life as a transit station! We are a nation that irrationally declares “Kill us more for we are not afraid to die”! We are a nation that embraces death more than life itself! Whilst they, they are a nation that considers life as the only station they’ll ever know! they are a nation that lives for now and not for the afterlife! They are a nation that does not welcome death with open arms!

    Maybe, just Maybe! once we start seeing life through their eyes, and once we change our perspective about what follows after death and what awaits us in heavens, maybe just then they will consider that we too are human beings who deserve to live as much as they do! But until then, making that comparison, as unethical as my words sound, it is just not fair!

    • These three paragraphs offer the most reasonable and balanced overview I think I have read. It’s still an intolerable situation, but understanding must precede change.

    • Helli, I speak from a kand geographically a bit further west than yours. In Europe, sharing the same beautiful sea as yours. I think it is unfair to say people here do not care about Aran lives. People in my country risk their luces at sea, voluntarily, to save the lives if Arab men and women and children arriving as refugees on islands in dingy boats. Hundreds of “my people” have left their homes and jobs and lives in the capital to move to the islands to take care if the dozens of thousands of refugees arriving daily wretched escaping wars – at huge prrsonal cost. People in the navy, in the air risk their own lives trying to save them in rough seas, at night. Each time from 2002 onwards that bigger countries wanted to stage wars, there were huge protests. It is not true, dear person writing from a beautiful Beirut I once visites, that we do not care. Sure governments don’t, fb doesn’t, but people, an awful lot if people do. Do care and show it but pethaps in ways that do not travel so well the international distance on western media. Take heart, there is compassion even in what may seem a hostile Europe now.

      • Dear Friend, Generalizing in any aspect of life is completely wrong, and that is certainly not what I meant when I said people in the West do not care! The West and the East just like any other spot on the planet do have their shares of good and bad people, each place on earth has its fair shares of compassionate and careless people. However, I feel like I need to clarify my point, of course there are individuals in the West who have gladly offered their time and efforts to help others in need, Arabs or non-Arabs, but frankly you would hardly ever see any social activities or any protests taking the streets to stop the raging wars that have been consuming the middle east for quite some time!
        Maybe as ordinary people they don’t realize it, but the fact is we owe Westerns a little bit more than they have given us, simply because their governments are deeply involved in each and every conflict that has taken place in the middle east since the end of the second world war.
        That being said, I urge you to re-read what I said, my statement was not meant to attack Westerns by any means, on the contrary of that, I was trying to explain according to my own understanding, why the lives of people in a Western country seems to be more valuable than that in the Arab world, and this I repeat because of the fact that we have different approaches on death, most Arabs see death as a transitional phase that takes you from one place to another, most Westerns realize this is probably nothing but mere nonsense.

      • Thank you for your comment – and for how your people are involved in the safety of the refugees on your shores and in your country.

  43. In French we have an expression for this “loi de proximité” that you could roughly translate to “law of vicinity”. It basically means that you’re more moved by something that happens geographically closer to you.

    And there’s a very good reason for this, it’s because we’re not all emotionnally equals. For instance if, god forbid, one of my parents died today I would be sobbing uncontrollably, yet my neighbor wouldn’t be weeping like me and I couldn’t blame him for this as he wasn’t as close to my parents as I was.

    The very same phenomenon applies here, countries like the USA, Canada, England, Spain, Italy, Germany and the list goes on, have tighter bonds with French people than with Lebanese people. These bonds being either diplomatic, historic, economic, cultural… It might be hard to hear but it’s the sheer truth. This explains why the vast majority of the media of those countries are having a broader coverage of the French events rather than the Lebanese attacks.

    Also, the same principle applies backwards as I’m pretty sure Lebanese media, and media from other countries closer to Lebanon than France, have most probably covered the latest events in Beyrouth a lot more than the Paris attacks.

    I was trully horrified two days ago when I heard about the bombings in Beyrouth, but obviously I was more shocked by what happened in Paris and there’s nothing wrong with that.

  44. For me, I think it’s more that (sadly) I’m so “used to” hearing about bombings in the middle east. I found your blog post while searching for a “Pray for Beirut” image online and I’m planning on putting it on FB. I know when there was an earthquake in Turkey a few years ago, I lived in L.A. and everyone was praying for Turkey and we were horrified by the death toll/destruction etc. Also, Paris may be more “real” to people because many have been there. But I’m praying for Beirut, and hopefully you and others will help us remember!

  45. People are killed every day in Chicago, and no one cares, it’s the way of life there. But if a criminal a thousand miles away resists arrest, assaults an officer, and gets shot for his trouble, everyone loses their mind. No one cares about Beirut, because that’s the way of life there, and across the Middle East. Want the world to care? Clean up your own backyard first. It’s human nature to react as we have for Paris, because your mess spilled over to our yard.

    • Your mess? Like every single person in these countries are responsible for the mess? Like they even agree with the way that their governments act?? Or actually forget that, not like these people are electing these people even. There are terrorist organizations. How are civilian supposed to be held responsible for the mess? You are a jerk! I have no advice for you as I think you are a lost cause someone who could be so mean at a situation like this. But if anyone is reading this who are Americans or otherwise having similar opinions to this loser, WAKE UP! OUR Government including many other Western governments fed Isis. Al Qaeda as well. It goes all the way back to Cold War. Americas fear of Russia armed terrorist organizations in Afghanistan way back then and link between that and how strong Al Qaeda got is not a secret. For many years now America continues to meddle in Middle Eastern affairs, and this include providing arms and other kinds of support to organizations that could be considered terrorist depending on how you look at it. Isis has now gone beyond how you look at it, well, this is what happens when you support terrorists. Sometimes they grow stronger and get out of control. No one is safe in this world anymore but civilians, not all of them are even Muslim by the way, are not the ones to point fingers at here.

      I sure hope that more people are able to realize you can’t generalize when you’re talking about nations or religions the way that bill here does. I sure hope no one would think of me and him as both Americans under the same umbrella.

      In solidarity, a concerned American who does care about Arab lives, all lives in fact

    • if your CIA was doing business only in Chicago…there would be less terrorist attacks in the Muslim world and the whole world indeed….clean up our own backyard?good idea…lets find the cia rats.

  46. This is the sad reality, just like the Western media never talks about the 250,000+ murdered in Syria because USA created ISIS. Just like USA destroyed Iraq and Afghanistan, just like USA and NATO murdered over 4 million Muslim’s since the 90s. They don’t care, because they see us as a doormat. But God forbid that the same thing happens to them, if you do not condemn it, they will call you a terrorist too, because apparently this term defines Islam now, because ISIS are claiming to be Muslim. Allah Subhanahu Wa Ta’Ala sees all and He hears all. We will never get their approval, but the almighty will provide the justice. I was very upset today, because not even 1 news channels talked about Beirut, instead all focus is on Paris and how evil Islam is. Shameless hypocrites know what makes money and even the dead are a business to the media.

  47. There will always be people who are ignorant, believing that some matter more than others. Their ignorance is not reality. Arab lives matter deeply because, like all humans, they bear the image of a God who loves them deeply. I’m so sorry for the terrible tragedy in Beirut, and for the ignorance of so many who look the other way.

  48. You are picking cherries and that out of context. Of course news like this hit you more when you are closer to the event geographically. Do you care about the 147 in Kenia the same way as in your capital, give me a break. You now take an event and bend it to your agenda. That’s fine feel like your life isn’t worth as much, that’s only your choice though.

  49. Thanks for this article. I would also add attacks in turkey. After months of killing dozens of people each in various cities last month in the capital Ankara a similar death toll to Paris occurred. Not an Arab country but most points are similar. While the majority of the population is Muslim, it’s still a secular country and it is not part of a war at the moment. The country is no stranger to terrorist bombings but it was in fact the biggest terrorist attack in the nations history. No Facebook safety check in or buildings lit up then either. The deaths were civilians too. (Did I mention it was a peace rally?)

    All lives matter; all are tragedies. Thank you for writing about it and sharing.

  50. First, let me say how sorry I am for your collective loss in Beirut. I’m going to offer some perspective which may or may not be useful. It is not intended to affront or argue but just present a picture of the view from the US.

    I grew up in the 1970s, and watched an hour or two of television news each night with my parents. The first 30 minutes was local, the second 30 minutes national with some world news, then the last hour was international and national on PBS. We also read the papers. Whenever anything aired about the Middle East, it always seemed to involve controversy, war, violence, negotiations, exotic beliefs, wealth, poverty, mostly men, Israel vs everyone else, and sub-group of everyone else pissed off at someone else.

    It didn’t matter if it was Jordan, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran, Iraq, wherever….it always seemed to be an endless stream of drama. I was fascinated by it. In a school art class we had to make a sculpture based on an image from National Geographic. I chose an issue with shepherds from Afghanistan. They were hard looking. I still have the bust of the man I made. It won an award at an art show.

    My family was friends with a large Christian Lebanese family who came to the US in the 1960s. The elder woman was my mom’s adopted “situ.” They were so happy to be in the US. I don’t remember details, but I believe they were from Beirut.

    My Dad was very fascinated by the history unfolding, and bought a copy of the Koran to study. He wanted to know what was motivating some of the the stuff going on over there.

    Still, despite our (I’d like to think better-than-average) attempts at staying up on world affairs and getting some first-hand stories from former residents, the overall impression we had of the Middle East was “What an effing mess! Don’t go there! Crazy! No peace!”

    Then the Iran hostage situation happened in the 80s, then I went to college and the whole first Bush war disaster happened, and it just seemed to keep escalating. Russia in Afghanistan was a mess too. Over the course of some 20-30 years I became absolutely numb to any news of a suicide bombing or religious uprising in the Middle East because “It just seems like that’s what happens there. Nothing’s changed. They fight. That’s what they do. ”

    Then 9/11 happened and it wasn’t just a Sunni/Shia conflict or Israel/Palestine conflict. It wasn’t a “them,” it was an “us.” We were involved, like it or not.

    I don’t want to be so glib as to say that people thought Middle Eastern violence was “your problem” to deal with, but it some ways it was. I think people are reacting so strongly to Paris because until this attack and 9/11 and the others like in Spain, it was geographically isolated away from Western lands.

    Here in the US, we see a mass shooting (defined as 4 or more people) at some point most every day. Our death toll in 2015 is 11,469 (or more as I type) from violence. So it’s not like we’re virgins to senseless violence.

    It’s the drivers behind these attacks that has people worked up. Most of us didn’t understand it in the 1970s and we sure as heck don’t understand it now.

    Is this helpful? I don’t know….it was for me to talk through it a little anyway. God bless….

  51. We are the west – we only care about ourselves. However, the middle east only cares about the middle east. China only cares about China. We are not one world – we have different mindsets, just accept that.

  52. I remember hearing a quote quite a few years ago but I can’t seem to find it so this is just a paraphrase.
    When there are shooting reported on the news it’s sad but when they become so frequent that they stop reporting them, then there is something wrong.

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  54. Arabs/Muslims don’t care about their own, a father will slaughter his daughters for being “too western” a brother will slit his raped sisters throat for bringing “dishonour” to the family………don’t you dare to tell people they don’t care about Arab lives…….its Arabs that don’t care about lives period!

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  56. If the West doesn’t care, why are the U.S. and its allies sending support and millions of dollars in aid to the countries under attack? If the West doesn’t care, why are volunteers heading over to offer aid? But it is true that the closer one is to a location that is under attack, the more response there will be. For the average person like me, it is hard to know anymore who to wants our support and who just wants us dead.

    We hear on the news what the news media want to tell us. We hear their interpretation of the truth. We rely on them to tell us the truth and not twist it to some political agenda of those in power. Sometimes though, what is reported in the countries being attacked does not match what is reported over here. Each of us has to rely on the integrity of the system. And sometimes the system doesn’t have integrity itself.

    So then, do we really not care? Or is the evidence of our caring suppressed for some political purpose? On the other hand, if we don’t care, is that indicative of disregard for what is happening, or is it indicative of not even knowing that it is taking place?

    Or is it that we’ve been fed erroneous information that puts a slant on the story in such a way as to suggest we don’t care?

    Frankly, I don’t know. I can only listen and watch news as presented where I am.

    But rest assured, I am horrified by what is happening around the world, whether in Beirut or Paris or in Africa or Palestine or Israel. Whether it is in New York City or Ottawa, or London.
    I am frightened by it all, and the feelings it raises. I am frightened by thoughts of what comes next. — Carol

  57. A lot of interesting remarks. I would only add that the sense of injustice for Europeans also stems from the belief that innocent people are being killed in their own land by “other” people for “other” reasons. The average residents of Paris don’t really care about Shia-Sunni tension, or the socio-political turmoil happening in war zones a world away. Certainly, it’s galling that extremists of those causes should bring their problems, bloodshed, death wishes and lack of basic respect for the lives of others to regions so wholly separate from their geographical and ideological context.

    To understand the reaction is to also understand the widespread belief that the murders were never French, Belgium or English to begin with – but rather just foreigners that infiltrated the country. None of this of course is true. It will be inevitably discovered that at least some of the terrorists will have been born and raised in France, just as most of the London bombers were born and bred in Birmingham.

    This initial sense of injustice of being attacked by foreigners is part of the probem. No country asks for a terrorist attack, but it does not help that significant segments of the Muslim population in Europe are made to feel separate (and no more so tha France).

    • You’re on the right track, but I will take it a step further and point out that the French have absolutely no obligation to make foreign Muslim settlers feel at home in France, and there are plenty of countries where Muslims can practice their brand of religious conservatism without reproach. European countries have established cultures and native populations of which Islam was never a part. So the fact that Muslims “feel separate” in European culture is entirely the FAULT of the Muslims who voluntarily settled there.

      I support revoking citizenship for and expulsion of all Muslim immigrants from European countries if they don’t have several generations of history there. In addition, any Syrian refugees need to go back to Syria.

  58. What world doesn’t care? The world consisting of Europe, North America, and Australia that has spent trillions of dollars and tens of thousands of lives to try to get the people in Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Jordan, Kuwait, Pakistan, and Syria to stop killing each other? The world brings you food, supplies, builds schools and infrastructure for you, and tries to train your citizens to form an effective police force, and you spit on them in return.

    You’ve also got hundreds of bilions of dollars in Saudi Arabia and UAE…your own people. Where is all that money going?

    Try taking care of your own problems or at the very least, thanking the other nations for their sacrifices and maybe you’ll get some Facebook profile picture modifications.

    The fact that you don’t see the reality of all this is your biggest problem.

    You also could try waiting until some of the corpses in Paris are cold and the limbs are swept off the street before trying to jump in front of the media and claim you’re on the receiving end of more persecution. Nice timing.

  59. It’s amazing how people can use other people’s misery to further their own interest and lecture people.
    If we care, we would have, no need to force it down on us. Example: a friend of yours is dying and a jerk comes along to tell u that more people are dying in Africa of starvation. The point I am trying to bring across is: To each his own! Not everyone is close/friendly to everyone.
    Recognise and stop being that jerk!

  60. Boohoo my country hasn’t had any intellectual or cultural impact since the dark ages! Why don’t people care about us? This is so selfish it’s actually sickening to think someone wrote this article.

  61. I understand the frustration. I only wish that there wasn’t a competition online and on tv: which life matters more? The answer is-any loss of innocent life is despicable, regardless of geographic location.

  62. To those of you who relate to the writer of this article, to those who feel they don’t matter, I know my country and many others from a political and even moral stand point do not care about you at all.
    But I do. And I always will. Even if the terrorist are Arabs. To me it’s like saying the serial killer who killed 30 people was white so I hate all white people.
    It’s an absurd notion. Regardless of race, nationality, ethnicity, or religion.. You are a person with a heart. And my heart hurts to see the pain you’re in.
    So please remember when you see America or others looking like they couldn’t care less- I care. And I know a lot of others who care too. Don’t let the media make you believe there aren’t people here who are praying for your safety and protection.
    I stand with ALL of you.

  63. Your post makes me shiver.

    I am one of the ones that turned their profile picture to the french flag. And that mourned in Horror.
    Than a friend posted about Beirut. I was shocked. And ashamed. I didn’t know about the attack. But it doesn’t mean I don’t care. Please believe me. Actually I am terrified.

    And I feel embarrassed. Because our press didn’t cover the attack in Beirut. Not adequately at least. That makes me angry, too.

    I understand the emotions that these facts evoke in you. But that’s just what the terrorists want. To separate us. We all here in Europe/ Germany know who much help you offer. And we are very thankful for that. And that’s one reason your suffering hurts us even more.


  64. Well here in Australia there are more Buddhists than Muslims yet the only one’s mentioned for killing people, gangs, isis links are muslim people. Its a world wide problem that europe will have to face allowing all these so called refugees in. I’ve grown up in a multicultural environment and if it has taught me one thing it’s that muslim people do not like to take up another countries traditions or mingle with the locals. Muslim people do not like to socialize instead they live in communities that are a muslim majority. If you migrate to a country because your home is no longer safe, you should not reject your new homes traditions otherwise go back to where you came from and die a miserable death in the hands of your own kind.

  65. can you further clarify your above comment?…if you mean that white european immigrants have moved into the west & have assimilated well, I suppose I can see where you’re coming from. However the huge racial tensions that are being felt through America (I’m American, so I’m using it as my example) are enough to show that many minorities have huge concerns that aren’t being addressed that prevent them from feeling completely apart of their country.

    To challenge your second point about liberals turning a blind eye to governments like Saudi Arabia’s, do you mean liberal as in left wing or liberal as in liberal economists (capitalists)? Capitalists support Saudi Arabia’s unfair government because of the economic advantage it affords the west (as well as the fact that S.A. is cordial with the USA) BUT left liberals do not support these types of governments because they recognize that the US is playing a double standard when it comes to Middle East, depending on if the country’s government has good or bad relations with America. In fact the only Americans I have ever seen calling out the US’s hypocrisy when it comes to Saudi Arabia is the left wing and the occasional libertarian.

    • Arabs are great at blaming everyone for their issues. I am Arab and in general, to the average Arab, the US stands behind every evil. Even when ISIS and AL QAEDA are Arabs, still they say the US made them, as if these people have no brains to say no to killing their own people.

      Arabs kill eachother when they can’t kill others. Saudi Arabia and Qatar are the ONLY Sunni countries who have the money to fund Sunni terror. ISIS practices Sharia, just like SAUDI ARABIA!

      They wonder why ISIS ONLY uses Toyota cars? Well… a simple check on the Arab countries who have TOYOTA as their top seller give the same pointers! … SAUDI AND QATAR are the ONLY countries that are peaceful in the whole region of blood. What else is needed people? It is not rocket science!!!

  66. Wow, I’m British and I too have been frustrated by the lack of emotive reporting in the west of what had happened to Beirut. I did not realise that Lebanese people themselves are sometimes apathetic to the terror in Beirut, that certainly is a rare sight in Europe.
    Things have to change everywhere – including Lebanon. Thank you for writing this brutally honest post and I can only give you the best wishes for safety as a nation and hope that we all find a solution to this problem and its wider implications soon😦
    Beirut has been on my list of places to go for a long, long time and due to lack of reporting in western media I thought perhaps it was outside of the trouble we hear about so much in other regions. It’s sad to hear it too is being plagued by the same idiots killing and bombing the Middle East, Europe and beyond.

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  69. I think the original poster is not being fair to the non-Arab nations. Europe is flooded with more refugees from Muslim countries than they can possibly cope with right now and yet, they continue to try. Canada is taking 25,000 of them by the end of this year (a huge number for a country of our size), with no idea of where we’re going to be able to house them; people are offering spare rooms in their own homes or the use of their vacation homes and basement suites for that purpose. Why would we be doing that if we didn’t care what happened to these people? And, in the meantime, other Arab countries are apparently refusing to take in any of the refugees. What does that tell you about who cares the most?

    • Actually, the vast majority of Syrian refugees have gone to other Islamic countries. Turkey has taken in 2.23 million refugees. Jordan, has taken in 630,000 refugees. Iraq has received 245,000 refugees. Egypt has taken in 127,000 refugees. Lebanon, with a population of 4.5 million, has taken in 1.1 million refugees adding almost another quarter to their population. Compare this to the 350,000 refugees that have gone to Europe, the 25,000 that have gone to Canada, and the 10,000 that have gone to the United States. So clearly both other Muslim and other Arab countries do care.
      When you say that other Arab countries have refused to take in any refugees, you may be thinking of the fact that the five richest nations in the region- Saudi Arabia, UAE, Kuwait, Bahrain, and Qatar- have shut there borders to refugees. Their given reason is that they do not want to risk exposure to terrorism. A despicable act, but the rhetoric is eerily familiar to those living in the United States- the same arguments have been used against not only refugees from Syria, but also from Latin America. Something worth noting is that all five of those nations are firm allies with the United States, who has yet to condemn, negotiate, or in any way try to pressure these nations into opening their borders.

      • I was not aware of that, Matthew, and you are right – I guess I misinterpreted what I read about the five wealthiest Arab countries that you mentioned and thought it applied to all Arab countries. However, I do question the numbers you give. I have read many sources that say that Germany alone has accepted over 3/4 of a million refugees so far this year, and that they finally had to close their borders to them because their country was overwhelmed.

  70. This is such a sad article, it’s sad that this is the world we currently live in where Arab lives are assigned less value than others. I’m sorry that you and others have been marginalized in a global community, and I hope that voices like yours are heard across the world. Thank you for putting yourself out there and writing this article. To everyone posting Islamaphobic, xenophobic and frankly racists statements, take a step back. People are dying, innocent people who would love nothing more than to lead normal lives without the threat of bad people destroying their homes and their communities.

  71. Considering most of the trouble in this world is caused by Middle Eastern countries and their stupid extreme religious beliefs why would we be sympathetic to anything that happens there you create your own problems and they snowball on to threaten world peace. Get out of the dark ages and join the rest of the world instead of segregating yourselves and alienating us.

  72. It’s because when Muslim violence occurs in the Middle East or a Muslim country – that’s their problem. When the Muslims bring violence over to the West. Now it’s our problem.

  73. All lives matter to me and the God I serve. Innocent lives matter to any just person. I grieve your city’s lost of innocent people as I do Paris’! There really are those of us who just want all conflict to end and for there to be peace on Earth for all mankind regardless of their religion, skin tone, or any other reason people use to fight! I don’t know the answers to the World’s problem but I do know the first syllable in assume is ass for a reason! All lives matter! Period!

  74. I find it disgusting that people need to throw stones at a time in all our lives when solidarity is the only answer not matter what country we come from. For heaven’s sake people don’t let our governments and what’s in the media turn us against each other. Show compassion be kind stand together there is only one right way. Use your heart to work things out not what you have read or been told. United we stand divided we fall.

  75. In all fairness, there was no Facebook flag or Safety Check when an ISIS-inspired terrorist went on a rampage shooting and killed people in my home city if Ottawa, Canada last year either.

  76. It’s very hard to feel sorry for Hezbollah given they are terrorists themselves. They have killed so many people and done so much evil. They are reaping what they sowed. Perhaps now they will know what their victims and their families felt and change their murderous ways.

  77. Actually, the violence in lebenaon the other night was on the news, was on Facebook and Obama did make a statement. Here’s an idea for the non extreme Muslims who want sympathy for the violence your own people cause in your countries and across the globe: Clean up your fucking trash, and stop blaming us. Muslims perpetrated the violence in both France and Lebanon and Muslims are currently plotting to do it again. We expect this sort of violence from you because you perpetrate it again and again. Clean up your fucking trash. Your people are the problem, not us. Fuck off.

  78. Everyone is outraged about the way the world reacted to each of the Paris and Lebanon attacks. Many are convinced that the world perceive Arab lives as of a lesser value than European lives. Sadly this is true and should be expected.

    Death and terror in the Arab world is an every day thing. Even Islam acknowleges stoning women, throwing homosexuals off buildings, chopping heads and many othet cruel punishments in the name of Sharia and Islam. People tend to not care the same way when things happen repetitively, which is why no one cares how many people Saudi Arabia or Iran or China execute people every year.

    Paris attacks are not an every day thing and it is very normal that the outrage be of a higher magnitude.

    Also, as bad as it will sound. Terror attacks on Lebanon might be the only chance that Lebanese will unite. Nothing can bring Lebanese together but tragedies on a mega scale. It starts from the lebanese family whose members hate and avoid one another until a family death or funeral. Grief always brought them together. They need it just like they needed it before.

    Paris is not like that because the majority of its people and politicians love it. This can’t be saif about Lebanon who probably would need a much bigger slap on the face for its people to wake up, kick ALL their politicians out and unite for once.

  79. The bomb blast in Beirut is terrible. But people just have less sympathy with regions that have killed their own people for the last decades. The Arab world does not seem to have any compassion with one another. Why aren’t the stronger and richer Arab countries like UAE, Kuwait, Saudi and Qatar to welcome Syrian refugees who are in need? Those countries claim they are such good muslims but they block every single refugee entering their territory. Than there are the European countries who have nothing to do with the Arab religious and tribal violence. We take in your refugees by the millions and we are the ones getting slaughtered. Where is the voice of the Arab world against your own internal violence? Where is the voice of the Middle East against ISIS? Make an effort to solve your own internal violence and not to export it to the world. Maybe than, you will start conquering the hearts and minds of the rest of the world.

  80. A moving read and well written. I pray for a day when the world accepts everyone of every country as important as themselves… But until then I just know that certain people get off on disturbing the piece and destroying lives but I’m not going to treat the Arab people I meet differently than I’d treat a French person even after these events. Every person makes their own choice. I treat a person with a general respect until I find they don’t deserve it.
    Pray for the world everyone.

  81. I’m sorry that those are the feelings you and your people are having. It is not fair by any means! I hope one day we all can join together in peace without judgement. Stay strong!!! You all matter!❤

  82. We as Lebanese are no longer giving importance to the bombings. Look around you! People get killed in an attack, we write fb statuses the same day and we continue with our lives as if nothing happened. No mourning, no manifestation NOTHING!!! People go out and party hours after the blood bath. If this is the image we are giving out to the world then why do we expect the world to treat us any different??!!!!

    • Exactly. This is what everyone is talking about. You are numbed to it as a people, and you carry on not because you want to, but because you have to. Lead by example, but I must say – it’s shocking to see so many people making an issue about a button on social media when their cities (and them as civilians who desire freedom and peace ) have MUCH bigger problems they could be focusing on.

  83. Being a westerner, living in Beirut, I mourned for both cities equally. While you have a valid point, Beirut did make some news stations. The fact of the matter is that approximately three times as many people died in Paris as were killed in Beirut. So keep it in perspective. Arab lives matter.

    • Also consider the fact “Western” countries have bombed places in Africa, Middle East and Asia and felt no sympathy for the people killed.

      They’ve been bombing Iraq since 1991 and almost daily since 2001.

    • Hm.. and even more people died in the recent crash of Russian airplane. It’s basically proven that there was an IS bomb. But who cares about Russians? There were not many condolences, let alone Russian flags on Facebook. If we truly care about people’s lives, we should not express our grief according to the number of injured people or where these people are from.

    • People’s lives matter. Stop. Arab or French. The rest of the world, the ordinary people, mourn all senseless loss of lives and condemn all despicable acts of violence, heedless. But the ordinary man is helpless. If only world leaders work for the good of its citizens, the world will indeed cease to stop pitting one against another, be it by race or religion or political inclination.

  84. I am a United States citizen, and I want you and whoever else reads this article to know that there are people from all over who care about any and all innocent lives lost. I don’t care about race, religion, or where you come from. Your life matters. And I’m sorry for those who ever get lumped into a group with the people who are doing all of the destruction and murder. I don’t think it’s right, I don’t think it’s fair, and my heart breaks for all who have to suffer.

    • For sure innocent lives and all lives matter no matter the race or religious beliefs… I feel for all those who have been wronged in their lives or others we need to come together as people or we are all doomed to fail

  85. Sympathy and empathy for Muslims are in short order and for good reason. Look at England or the ghettos in France to see the future for North America. I refuse to fall victim to this typical white Liberal song and dance about how we all should feel sorry for these people and blame ourselves for their suffering. Our compassion and blindness to what’s coming will destroy us all.

    Those Muslim’s leaving in the West despise our culture which is why they are so disconnected with our society. That breeds terrorism or at least sympathy/empathy with terrorists. I feel sorry for us here as the only people who have it right is Israel. I hope you all are ready for more flags to be posted over your profile pic on Facebook because sooner or later these savages will be in your backyard

    • Or maybe they are just people trying to live there lives and then they get completely dehumanised, lumped together as terrorists and hated for the way they look and that might bread a little hate back and yet most people who aren’t from the “west” live peacefully and except this white lives matter more idea.
      We are but a small and almost insignificant speck in the universe and we are far more alike then different, instead of focusing on the things that make us “so” different how about instead we see what makes us similar. like the want to live and enjoy life, to be with friends, and to miss loved ones and to mourn when something horrible happens.
      If we start at that level then we can create a dialogue and through this acceptance understanding can be cultivated.
      To isolate, fear and demonise will only cause more and more hate, just for where they were born on a tiny globe with made up borders.
      This is what will lead to the more “flags on Facebook” you fear and even more flags that never make it as they aren’t as important.
      So I leave you with this, what world do you want for the future, how does your mind in vision peace?
      Take care,

    • I can guess your sex and race just by the amount of neckbeard bullshit you wrote. You are the epitome of the problem. Get bent.

    • I’m pretty sure you don’t even know those Muslims living in the West that you’re so willing to speak for. You’re an ignorant bigot who doesn’t even realize that conditions are different in different parts of the world. You don’t see the future for the US (I’m assuming that’s what you mean by “North America”) — what you see is your own irrational fears.

      You’re actually the primitive savage here, believing bigoted nonsense because you’re too afraid of real knowledge to actually seek it out. Pathetic.

      • I’m the son of immigrants who have worked their whole lives and are thankful for what the West has given them. They are not people who are fed by, paid by and nurtured by the West who then spit in its face by putting down its ideals and who wish to do it harm. That is what I have seen, grown up around and see more of the more I travel

    • “Those Muslims” took the hoards of European refugees into North Africa during between WWI and WWII. Now that the tables have turned, Europe seems to have a convenient case of amnesia.

  86. You took the words out of my head! There will be always 2measures in weighing lives, as long as we live in a country where people are more concerned by their differences instead of searching for points of unity; where a disastrous situation as being with no president doesn’t make them blink, where a national failure as the garbage crisis doesn’t move them in mass. As long as our leaders are stronger than our values, I see no hope in that people… why should others?

  87. Should the media be more thorough, and present people with more varied news? Yes. Should we assume that facebook pictures are the foundation of our value? No. Half the people putting the French flag on their profile pic are jumping on a bandwagon, and don’t really care. They will make a few comments about how sad it all is, sniffle a bit, donate nothing, do nothing, and change their pic back to a clear selfie in two weeks. Yes, France won over Lebanon in a facebook popularity contest. That doesn’t have much to say about whose lives the West prioritizes. If anything it says more about the nature of news. You have to factor in shock value. Shock value always gets the eyeballs. And, sadly, mass death in many eastern countries is not shocking. Sad? Yes. Shocking? No. In Paris it is shocking.
    That doesn’t mean people care more for Parisiens than those in Lebanon. It just means the news is there to make money, and they show what will get the eyeballs and the ads.

    • Well said, Mark! It is the media that is largely at fault, and the media doesn’t reflect the feelings or beliefs of the public, and in most cases the public are ignorant about what is actually going on in the world – and maybe, if the public was better educated and informed about what is going on in the world, things would be different, and then maybe, people won’t feel like they are forgotten, or that their lives are worth less than someone else’s. Sadly though, the media is about ‘shock value’ and making money, and rarely covers news fairly.

      In the past 6 weeks alone there has been ISIS terrorist attacks, mostly on innocent civilians, in Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Turkey, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, France and Saudi Arabia, that’s more than 1 country/ terrorist attack a week. I told this to a couple of people last night and they could hardly believe it.

      We are all in this together. The only way we can beat this ISIS is to come together and fight it together. Unfortunately, this seems easier said than done.

    • That’s very well said. A lot of people on Facebook are going by the herd mentality. They will deny it, but they want to be seen as “in on the news” and “trendy” by their peers. And then they all talk about it over beers and go on with their lives.

      On the other hand, we can also argue that people who put the French flag as their profile pictures are not in a position to do anything except express their sadness this way. Most do not even know that they can donate.

      It’s also a silent show of support, like a silent “We hear you and we are so sorry this happened.”

      Anyway, in conclusion, if anyone wants to actually do something useful, here are the organisations you can donate to:

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  89. My heart is saddened by the tragic deaths of all the people in Beirut in the most recent bombing.
    i am mortified, humiliated and ashamed that I am representative of the rest of the world that was not even aware of or concerned by the horrific events. I beg forgiveness, and in my own very small way I want to offer prayers and blessings.
    You do matter, your light is just as important as every other light of this earth. I will work in whatever capacity I can to help bring peace because that’s the only way we can get out of the chaos and begin to love each other

  90. In the western world, responsible Media is afraid of a backlash against adherents of Islam if every, almost daily, bloodbath perpretated in the name of Islam were to be reported. It is not a racist conspiricy but, on the contrary, an effort to prevent social tension between more or less informed old populations and their new Muslim fellow citizens.

  91. From the past to present Beirut is always in the Media! The world never did give up! Its just this chaos there will never stop! As for Paris this is NEW and I do know FRANCE will push HARD against those who try to change it!

  92. It is indeed despicable that media put more empahsis on westerners’ lives than arabs’ ones. It is however important to put things in context to understand this seemingly double standard in the value put on lives of arabs versus westerners.
    First there is the effect of numbers and statistics. We have been hearing and reading every day in the news about terrorists attacks across the Middle East for ten years or so. These attacks have unfortunately become so common, that they do not shock us as much as the first time we heard about them. It’s a bit like murders in the US. Who is really shocked and sadened when they hear about it in the news? It is not to say that because these attacks are so common, lives are gradually losing their worth, but just that our minds adjust to the pain and anger.
    Secondly, we are less shocked when hearing about these attacks in the Middle East because some of these parts have been instable if not at war for more than ten years. Again, it’s not to say that a life lost at ‘war’ loses it’s worth compared to a non-war situation, but again our minds get used to the idea of death.
    Thirdly, westerners will not surprisingly show unprecedented levels of concerns when terrorists attacks occur in their backyards, because these attacks are rare (so far) and because they can more easily relate to them. I am not french, but am a native french speaker who has french friends and who has visisted Paris many times and I have walked the streets where the massacre happened. I therefore relate a lot to these attacks as I share a lot in terms of culture with them. So even though lots of arabs show sympathy and share the sadness with what just happened in Paris, it would not be surprising if a large majority of say Iranians (to take a random example) were less sensitive to westerners deaths than they are to Jordanians dying in a terrorists attack, simply because they share parts of their culture with them.
    Finally, these terrorists attacks are of a much different kind. They did not occur in a war-torn zone but in a country at peace and they were not led to gain new territory (at least for now). These attacks were sending a clear signal that terrorists can now attack westerners in their homes. Moreover, these attacks are very symbolic as they were aiming at pagan symbols (people having fun at a rock concert in a popular area or at a soccer game). Much like the Charlie Hebdo attack were aiming at weakening if not anihilating our freedom of speech, a central value in our culture.
    It is indeed disheartening that the media seem to ignore tragedies in the Middle East, as we are of course aware that people are fighting everyday for their freedom and are also silently longing for social rights, freedom of speech and thought. It is also outrageous that people need to see the corpse of a dead kid on the beach, to finally become aware of the tragedy of refugees. But I feel that putting things in context can help understand why this bias in reporting occurs, rather than blaming westerners of eurocentrism like a lot of people do among the liberals.

  93. Unfortunately we in the US tend to paint the whole area with the same brush and, right or wrong, interpret that as Muslims killing Muslims. When a Paris happens we are told its Muslims killing innocent bystanders. We don’t educate ourselves enough to know what religions are where. It’s not right but we get very little news coverage when things like Beruit happen. I’m an atheist and I’m so saddened that religions are so intolerant that they feel the need to attack others. Your lives DO matter and my thoughts are with you as well as those affected in Paris, the many who die in the US every day due to gun violence, those displaced in Syria and any other country, all those lives matter!

  94. I am a proud indigenous australian i really dont understand why you had to write this article my whole life i have grown up with war and terror and instead of fighting within ourself why dont we fight against the terror.
    Terror is everywhere from Australia to Lebanon to paris i agree with paris i feel my country australia should not let asylum seekers from any country become citizens of Australia they shouldn’t let them in i just think you need to earn it and these days australia just gives them my aunt is from Canada and she waited 26 years to become a citizen of Australia but i see african and muslim and Indians only having to wait months to become a citizen cause the have had a hard life. There is one memory that come to hand and that is the time i watched a country burn the American flag after 911 and you say it is only a group of people what about the lives that were lost there and muslims were partying on the street like they were happy to see 3000 people dead

  95. I read this and despair at the fact that we are being manipulated by media, where a political and financial interest allows us and directs us to dehumanize a group of people so when a government needs to lower not only it’s population but its fuel price by starting a war in the middle east there will be no up roar because they b are terrorist or extremists not people, Britain did out during ww1 by calling them “huns” and ww2 buy calling them nazis…… The only way to change is to make all governments answerable for there actions ……. As we all no communism didn’t work……

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  97. Arabs’ lives matter less, that is correct: “you” (Middle Eastern Arabs) have proven yourselves incapable of political cohesion; building societies based on the rule of law (you still love your tribal and sectarian affiliations); humane treatment of your citizenry. You’ve even accepted the borders drawn for you by colonial powers – and you’re lucky for that. You contribute nothing to the world but insanity, grief, tears, blood, death – murder – and NOTHING but excuses why it’s not your fault.

    You – Arabs – are the source of nearly 100% of the terrorist attacks from the Middle East and throughout Europe. Proud?

    Yes, Arabs’ lives matter less. And when western societies wake up to the facts – that they have put themselves at risk with the notion that they can co-inhabit – their OWN countries where they DO take responsibility for themselves (it’s called voting and representative government) – with you, you’ll wish you never saw the end of colonial rule.

    I’m so ready for the west to unite against you mother fuckers: first kicking you shits out of our countries, and then next incinerating you in your own homes if you dare try to “migrate” because you won’t fight for your own futures.

    Fuck all of you.

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  99. I’m from Israel and very much understand how you feel. People are people everywhere. When such horrors happen abroad, innocent people killed by terrorists to make their point and make people hate and fear each other , whether it is in Paris or Beirut, of course I feel solidarity with the victims, their families, and what the nations going through, wishing for people who were wounded to get better. But, similar to what you describe , there is also a sense, that often when there are terrorist attacks are against innocent people here,in Israel, against Jews, there is not similar sense of solidarity in return, from abroad. Many see is as a routine and normal by this point. Many do no care. Many even cheer it, like this American senator cheering for terrorists attacks in Beirut.

    People are people, Jews , Arabs or French, their lives matter.

  100. It’s like the Joker said in The Dark Knight. It’s not that people don’t care about Arabic-speakers. It’s that… when a bomb goes off in Beirut or Baghdad or even Tel Aviv… it’s “all part of the plan.” It happens so routinely “in that part of the world” that people are numb to it. 250 people could die in an airstrike in Syria tomorrow and nobody would really care or notice because they’ve accepted this as commonplace. Similarly, a helicopter full of “White” Christian American troops could be shot down in Afghanistan tomorrow, and nobody would change their Facebook profile picture in mourning. Paris shakes people up because it’s supposed to be safe, the people there are supposed to be safe, and the people posting about it on social media see themselves as being in danger when they see a disturbance in the “plan.”
    It’s not so much that certain lives don’t matter… that’s only a small part of it. It’s more to do with what is accepted as normal and what’s not.

  101. I’m from Israel and very much understand how you feel. People are people everywhere. When such horrors happen abroad, innocent people killed by terrorists to make their point and make people hate and fear each other , whether it is in Paris or Beirut, of course I feel solidarity with the victims, their families, and what the nations going through, wishing for people who were wounded to get better. But, similar to what you describe , there is also a sense, that often when there are terrorist attacks are against innocent people here,in Israel, against Jews, there is not similar sense of solidarity in return, from abroad. Many see is as a routine and normal by this point. Many do no care. Many even cheer it, like this American senator cheering for terrorists attacks in Beirut.

    People are people, Jews , Arabs or French, their lives matter.

  102. People n politicians who are being pathetically offensive about the blasts in Lebanon n the Lebanese casualties n deaths keep forgetting that when the “beast” rises it doesn’t discriminate, it has no loyalty to the people that raises him nor could be kept under control as its evil grows! And it’s most probably that hits back the hardest on those created him…

  103. Firstly, thank you for your article – very powerful and I will certainly share it.
    You wrote: “ISIS plans for Islamophobic backlashes so it can use the backlash to point its hellish finger and tell any susceptible mind that listens: look, they hate you.” – and it got me thinking – maybe the attacks in Lebanon and Paris were planned in such a way as to highlight the disproportionate response from the Western media, thus telling not just susceptible minds, but all: “they hate you/they don’t care about you”?
    Please know, we DO care. I refuse to change a colour of a Facebook profile for one country, when so, so many others – across the world, are effected by terrorist attacks.

  104. I understand your perspective, but the Facebook statuses and lighting of monuments, trivial as a lot of it may be, is not because no one cares about the abhorrent actions of ISIS and other terrorist networks across the globe in countries like Lebannon, Afghanistan, Syria or anywhere else. Part of the reason people are supporting Paris is precisely because this shouldn’t be an everyday occurrence, but is one that seems to becoming more common! If everyone were to post statuses and light up monuments for every act of terror in countries that are under constant bombardment, not only would it become completely trivial, but it would be happening for a different or even several such areas every day.

    Despite your opinion that no one cares, there are campaigns running all the time to combat terrorism and support the victims and those affected and displaced! Pointing out that American political zealots like Everett A Stern tweet some disgraceful opinions is no more an accurate reflection of world sentiment, than the fallacy of saying ISIS are not true Muslims because anyone with an inkling of morality wouldn’t do such things. As if religion and morality are liked in any way.

    This us and them mentality does nothing but poison the dialogue and inhibit progress, creating further division. As you pointed out this is exactly what ISIS, al-Shabab, Boko Haram, Hamas, Hezbollah and the many other terror groups are counting on!

    Let’s fight the murderers not each other!

    All lives matter!

  105. Sorry, but Beirut is no Paris.

    More than any other city, Paris represents romance and love. The city stands for liberty, equality, fraternity. Values which origin in the French Revolution. Values described and discussed by great philosophers. Paris is the symbol for enlightment, for the possibily of the absence of a god; but also the possibily to peacefully worship any god. It is a city where people meet for music, performances in theaters, for art, for archicture, for fine restaurants. It is also the city where last century philosophers publicly discussed in cafés about life (f.e. existentialism). Where there is room for opposings views. In the end, Paris stands more than any other city for being human. That is why I care less about Beirut. Beirut just isn’t Paris (and neither are Washington, New York, Madrid, Londen, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Mecca, Kabul and Utøya/Oslo like Paris).

  106. I 100% agree Europe n America r considered as world but the rest really r in hell just because of these ppl alqaida n isis r hurting our loved ones do they care no they dont we r street rats for them n they need to get rud of us n this is the best n easy way.
    When i get hurt i need a doctor take me to hospital n when u get hurt heres a bandit tht is enough for u they r tht kind of ppl

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  108. With this article you feed the anger of the Muslims , it looks that the non believers don’t care about Muslims and that’s not true. This is exactly what Isis wants, the non Muslims against the Muslims. If Europeans start to turn against Muslims in Europa Isis will win this battle. It is a dangerous article that will drive a bigger space between non Muslims and Muslims. Stupid, we need to stand together in stead of trying to accuse the other ones of not caring… I care for all humans but not for Isis or hezbollah!!

  109. It saddens me that in these days of fear and attacks from terrorists that some, like yourself, are made to feel unimportant as though your lives don’t matter to the world.
    Please know that there are those who stand in solidarity with you, there are those that do care very much, for all lives.
    In this time, the world needs to lookout for one another. All lives matter.

  110. Every person killed out of hate is one person too many regardless of etnicity, country of origin or number of Facebook likes. Stop spreading the hate and start understanding each other.

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  112. Nearly everyone agree. We need a change.

    What can we do to become more understanding, compassionate and to be able to take action?

    We have seen that rules like “you should be loving, kind” etc. does not work.
    I have tried retreats like Vipassana, Enlightenment Intensive and therapies like Rosen Method that seems to work. Do you have experience of developing yourself in this direction that worked for you? Please share them with me and others.

    Research shows that people with Post Traumatic Stress often get more violent, reactive etc. How can we do, I do, to get less violence in the society and help people out of their negative circle?

    Some people suggest drugs even if drugs has tremendous negative effects such as depression, numbness, meaninglessness etc. How can I get more understanding around this?

    I am just in the process of reading “The Body Keeps the Score”. It helps me to get understanding and compassion for the people that act out those type of crimes. It is a fantastic book. Please read it. Do you have any recommendation of any other book?

    Be kind to yourself

  113. Hello,
    I want to answer, today, with all my pain and fear about what happened to my city, to my neighbourhood, yesterday.
    You know, for occidental people, it’s not very simple to be aware about what happens in the world today. Because media don’t really show it, because politics don’t think it’s an important point. However, the humanity is empathic, it’s a fact. We suffer to see other people suffering.
    You know, actually, when I finally understood that Paris was attacked and that 18 people was dead, my first fear was for Syria. I didn’t really know why, but I was certain that, one way or another, this was going to be a very fucking awful problem for a Muslim country. I cried. Because we already so many problems. They have already so many problems. And the entire world have already so many problems. And then I saw the numbers increased. It’s just…indescribable. And I know that this is what some people in this world live every single day of their life.
    This is just horrible. Why the world has to be like this? Why people have to suffer? Why innocent people have to die, all over the world?
    I don’t understand. I can’t.
    You know, I don’t care about colors on buildings. It’s nice from the countries which did this, but it will not take the pain away. I don’t even care about flags, it doesn’t mean anything to me. I’m a citizen of the world and there’s no difference for me. We all have the same blood. We’re all brothers and sisters. I bleed if you bleed. I cry if you cry.
    I wanted to say this, just to be able to explain that, even if many people here don’t even have any idea that Beirut was living the same thing, it doesn’t mean that they don’t care. It’s complicated to be informed. And politics is…well…politics.
    I’m so sorry to what happened to Beirut. And I sware, if I was able to light the entire Eiffel Tower with Lebanaon colors, I would do this without any hesitation.
    I’m listening to your pain, I can hear you. And I cry with you. You’re not alone.
    From Paris, with love.

  114. You are right in all ways but I would be remiss if I did not point out one important factor you did not mention. This is a Muslim faction/cult that is committing these crimes and never once has a Muslim republic condemned a terrorist attack or came out to openly speak out against it. Whether it is this incident in France, in Nigeria, in Kenya, in Egypt, In Lebanon, Somalia etc. Your leaders do and say nothing!!! Hence making it appear as if they also secretly don’t care or support it. It is sad that the world doesn’t seem to care about Arab countries. But when people want to keep fighting among themselves as a nation for endless years, there’s little that outsiders can do about that. In the end you just let people be and live how they want to. The reason other Western and African countries get overwhelming sympathy is because the terrorist attacks are exported from OUTSIDE their borders. Which I might add is very very unfair. Most of these terrorists or extremists unravel their own countries, seek refuge in these other countries and then end up carrying out attacks in these very countries that let them in and gave them shelter and peace. How now do you not expect Islamophobia to grow if the entry of refugees increases the chances of terrorist attacks? Furthermore, these terrorists have brothers, relatives and friends who know prior of their intentions and do nothing to warn the authorities about their kin’s plans. Case in point the identified terrorist in France whose relatives have been arrested. We don’t choose where we are born, I get that and I’m sorry for your situation. But you as an Arab nation and several other Arab nations SHOULD speak out every time an attack happens, whether on your land or on other lands. So should your leaders too! Everyone one of you should openly condemn these extremists. Via whatever means. Especially through social media as it is a very powerful worldwide tool. That way, you will show the world that it is not okay and that you don’t sympathize or support these so called ‘Muslims’ and their ideology. And I can assure you that once the world gets that, they will be able to discern between Muslims/Muslim nations which condemn any form of terrorism to those who secretly/silently support it. Remember, a lack of reaction can be interpreted to mean very many things and has been interpreted as such.. Your silence unfortunately is to blame for the lackthereof of sympathy or attention.

  115. I’m ashamed to admit I did not feel any sorrow for the lives lost in Beirut. The reason being I did not know and I guess that is the point of the article.
    I saw nothing on Facebook or the news. I was unaware. The Paris attacks were everywhere – couldn’t be missed.
    Had I known I would have mourned equally for the innocent lives lost. It truly is a shame the media have become desensitised to Arab loss. It doesn’t matter to me that Paris lost a larger number of lives. If only 20 had died they still would have had more media coverage.
    Our world is going crazy 😢

  116. This article came up on my Facebook page and I was really interested to read it. I lost heart, however, and am now deleting this from my page. What a huge assumption you make and how much unwarranted blame you throw on the ‘world’ with regard to your point of view. Do you really think that the value of a life can be measured by lights on a building or colours on a page? Most Western people are trying so hard to help and doing the best that they can to help refugees and migrants in Europe. Despite getting very little thanks. Westerners are also trying to make their culture more inclusive e.g. look at the reduction of the word Christmas around 25th December. But no matter what, all we see is whinging articles like this – blaming, blaming, blaming. Westerners CANNOT sort out religious differences or corruption in the Middle East any more than Beirut could sort out the religious problems in Northern Ireland. It just is not possible. ALL HUMAN LIFE IS SACRED – we, in the West totally get this but there is a limit to what we can do in Beirut. Terrorists from Paris or the UK don’t go out to Beirut and kill your innocent people watching football matches as happened in Paris on Friday night. Putting these kind of ill-informed and silly articles on the net is only adding to the problem. Let Paris mourn and honour it’s dead in peace and with dignity and stop whining and begrudging the respect that is being shown to them. Beirut’s problem is ongoing and entrenched. Paris was an innocent, peaceful and welcoming city and it is shameful that outsiders came in and attacked it.

  117. I used the top picture as my facebook profile picture, hope that’s okay.
    It’s horrible that other incidents don’t get as much attention, but the media in the west knows that people tend to care more about what is happening closest to them. I think that’s why they focused on the Paris attacks. However, that is no excuse. People trust the media to be neutral and cover what’s important. Instead they cover 1 out of several attacks this week. My thoughts are with you and everyone else in grief and dispair. (Sorry if there are misspellings, english is not my first language)

  118. This article turned up on my Facebook page and I was very interested to read it. Halfway in, I lost heart and am deleting it. What huge assumptions you make and how quick you are to blame the ‘world’ for your angst. Europe can no more sort out the religious issues in Beirut any more that Beirut could sort out the religious issues in Northern Ireland. The average person in Europe has really tried to help – with refugees and migrants, with aid, and see how much reduced the word Christmas is on 25th December. What do we get in return but blame, whinging and moaning? Articles like this are part of the problem. Are you that shallow that thinks that the measure or a human life is a colour on Facebook or Sydney Opera House? I think this article was written by a very naïve, ill informed and ultimately dangerous person. There has been tragedy in Paris. People from Paris normally don’t go out bombing other states. They were completely innocent young people going to watch a concert and were just murdered. So the world pays respects and even before the dead are named, I see this bitter, envious piece of whining on Facebook. May all the dead of the past few days rest in peace and please, please can we be spared from rabble rousing like this on Facebook for a few days?

  119. Fact is, that the western World identifies itself easier with a western city. As a friend said ‘or can you imagine yourself living in Iraq or Lebanon?’ People think that I’m Lebanon all women are wearing the Hijab and it’s a dangerous place (well, it’s not THAT dangerous at least, apart from the traffic, garbage crisis and occasional bombs).

    People don’t have an identification, not even a picture of Lebanon. And the frequent bombings and the situation surrounding this beautiful country (home of my heart) doesn’t particularly help in creating empathy. Even if babies and parents are killed and injured. A baby lost its parents while sitting in the front seat with his mom. This culture is so far away from the western one, not knowing that this is not all.

    Yet, I don’t understand why politicians here and there cannot see the important role Lebanon could play.

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  121. Stop making excuses and blaming others. The people of the Middle East need to rise up and fight the religious wackos that are dominating their countries. Stand up against Muslim extremism, or sit down and shut up. The World is sick and tired of what is happening in the Middle East. Pick a side. In the West there are many apologists and appeasers who say “It is their culture”, but it is not the culture- it is the religion, so solve it amongst yourselves, or prepare to have it solved by others in a very definitive way.

  122. That’s why i for one , do not join the media of facebook . I believe in pray and hope that one day this world could come to peace . There is always more suffering somewhere else , in someone elses life , with that i am sorry to hear what’s happening in yours . I naive and blind by media , and all i can say i hope the killing stops a day to come .

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  124. I can’t stress enough for the loss you have everyday off your lives.please know that my prayers are with your people .God bless. May peace come soon to you

  125. My condolences to your people. You are 100% right. Each single life matter, doesn’t matter what nationality it is from. Media and the narrow vision from the governments and the people sometime hurts our world more than a terrorist group, simply because it allows these groups and attacks, choosen when they matter and when they not.
    My prays and my condolences to your people.

  126. It is a terrible evil what happened in Beriut. But as you said in this article, ISIS and other terrorist organizations will commit atrocities in the name of Allah, and then expect a backlash of Islamaphobia. SO RISE AGIANST THEM AND TAKE YOUR RELIGION AND IDENTITY BACK!!!!!!!!! The west doesn’t see he Arab world standing up against ISIS and terrorism. They idley stand by and watch it take over their communities. STAND UP AND FIGHT THE TERRORISM!!!!!!!

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  128. Thank you for your insightful comments. It summarizes many of my thoughts and experiences in this regard and put into words what I could not! #finallyfeelingunderstood

  129. How dare you, when western lives are killed trying to help your Arab countries you dare to say we don’t care. When European countries are taking in those millions of Arab refugees, giving food health and homes, while your own Arab countries are refusing to take other Arabs. And you acuse us of Islamaphobia when your medevil sky god is the cause of all this suffering. We have just been bombed, and rather than condem Isis you want to attack the victims for not giving you enough media coverage! SERIOUSLY! Get over yourself,

    • Help? Did they help when they bombed Irak to pieces and gave fuel to the rising of more terrorgroups base on lies. Did they help when Afghanistan was blown UP or with the droneattacks om innocent civilians inn Pakistan andre Jemen? Did they help in Libya when they left the country a total mess. Yes the west helps itself securing the recources in the middleeast for themselves.

    • FYI – Arab countries are taking in refugees. Lebanon (the size of Devon and Cornwall) have taken in 2 million plus refugees from Syria. Saudi (yea dreadful place, I know!) has also taken a huge influx, to name but a few Arab countries. Refugees coming into Europe are trying to reach relatives and friends. The root cause of all this suffering is nought to do with this ‘sky god,’ and all to do with many years of western intervention in Iraq, Afghanistan, Palestine. It’s all about oil and natural minerals. You only need to google these countries and see for your self what natural riches they have. Isis is sadly, is a horrible consequence of all western invasion. ISIS and have murdered 200,000 muslims,. Isis are constantly slated by ‘muslims’ but our western, corporate/zio controlled media will not publish this as is the case of which countries take in refugees.

      • Blame their leaders for being too stupid to not exploit their own resources. This is a cutthroat world so if you can’t stomach it, stay home little boy

    • The western world had no business interfering with the affairs of foreign countries in the first place. However they did – they created the tragedies that take place today all over the world and the least they could do is take in the people running away from those horrific wars. And while we mourn the death of the people in Paris the wars do not stop and people keep on dying. And your own Islamophobia shows your own ignorance. I would suggest that you go and educate yourself before commenting.

    • @stewartgxyz, how about you stop being ignorant and get your face out of your ass and actually listen to what the writer was saying. Lebanon was bombed a day before Paris was even touched and we were not given the support that Paris was given. You guys all ignore that Lebanon and Syria are a country where there are innocent lives whether they are christian or muslim. Yes Paris was bombed and it was a horrible thing and people were supporting them but where was everyone when Lebanon was bombed, there was no social media movement for us.

    • ”while your own Arab countries are refusing to take other Arabs” . Tell me which country have the most Syrian refugees? LEBANON and it is an Arab country. Think twice before writing. Islam is not ISIS.

      • The only reason we are in your countries is you aren’t in control. Your nations are run by corrupt and evil savages that seek to spread fear, hate and destruction for the Apocalypse. Your leaders have sold you out, putting you in harms way for their own greed

        • oh please, i supose you are from SAD, your country put their nose where they shouldnt all the time, you created those refugees…the writter of the text is 100% right, sadly some nations are more important than others, a few days ago hundreds of students were massacred in Kenya, no one cares, there is no profile pictures on facebook in the colors of Kenyan flags.My country lowerd its flags to half-mast, although NATO bombarded it and people of france did not symphatize with inocent victims of my people.I realy feel sad for those people who died there, but every life is worth in any country not just from the ritch west.

        • and you know why ? because your LEADERS want to control all the oil in the world and guess what? 77% of oil reservoirs happen to be in the middle east. do you know what happened to a saudi king faicail in 1973 who refused to be the us little puppy by cutting off oil supplies and depriving the west from oil ? he was killed. do you know what happened to iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddegh when he tried to nationalize iranian oil ? the us and the uk were not happy so they prepared a putsh against him which led to the actual iranian government which the west is always complaining about whereas they were a huge part in creating it. do you why know there is a civil war in iraq? it’s because the us attacked the country in 2003 because there was inexistant “destruction arms”, but then years later the us says ohh attacking iraq was a mistake,sorry!, and what’s the point in saying that after killing thousands of iraqi children! do you know why there was a civil war in lebanon for 15 years? it’s because israel was so disturbed by the lebaneese model that they wanted to destroy the country. and the list can go on for forever. so if you think that the west is doing good “leadership” in our arab and muslim coutries you are living in a big illusion it’s time for you to stop watching CNN my dear and it is time for you to see that YOUR LEADERS WHO ARE IN CONTROL because they are “civilized” need to mind their own business deal with their own shit and give us some peace.

    • “And you acuse us of Islamaphobia when your medevil sky god is the cause of all this suffering.”

      ……………please tell me this is a joke

  130. As small a gesture as it may be, please know that the majority of people despise the way our western media portrays world events, and despises the way our governments act in return. I am British, living in Germany and we just want the bombs to stop, the hate to end, and above all the need for revenge to be forgotten. We feel sadness and regret whenever something happens in the middle east or elsewhere and lives are lost. For the attacks in Paris, we do not believe that the refugees are to blame, and will not stop helping them. We also know that drone strikes in ‘retaliation’ are a cause, not a solution. We can do nothing to stop them, we have no voice, our leaders do not listen. They are too invested in war.

    I would love to connect with other people, regardless of where they are in the world, regardless of religion or belief, who are just trying to live their lives and love their neighbour – if you feel the same then feel free to connect and share opinions because I believe the West NEEDS to understand more about the opinions and lives of everyday people in African, Arabic and other countries around the world – people who don’t fuel this conflict, and just worry about their family, their jobs, their homes etc – because their are millions of us across the world in that boat, without investment in hate. x

    • Exactly how I feel here in Canada. I want want to open my arms to all, I just wish the violence and misunderstanding would stop.

    • Beautiful. Agreed.
      The hideous, knee-jerk, bigoted, ignorant, anti-Arab morons are in the (VERY LOUD) minority.
      That does not mean, however, that westerners view the attacks as equal, and there are many reasons for that.
      For one:
      The Statue of Liberty (Liberty Enlightening the World; French: La Liberté éclairant le monde) is a colossal neoclassical sculpture on Liberty Island in New York Harbor in New York City, in the United States. The copper statue, designed by Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi, a French sculptor, was BUILT BY GUSTAVE EIFFEL, and dedicated on October 28, 1886. IT WAS A GIFT to the United States from THE PEOPLE OF FRANCE.
      For another:
      I hope this, and all my other posts on the issue may help explain what some are feeling is an unfair lack of focus on Beirut, versus Paris. Please scroll my page. There is a great more to think about here than a presumed lack of concern for arab lives that many are feeling is the sole factor. For the VAST MAJORITY of people I know, such a predjudice is not a factor at all.
      When gun deaths, and massacres happen here in the USA, as they so often do, and almost SOLELY committed by natural born American Citizens, we think: “Another day in America. Our culture breeds this. It is our own fault. No, NOT all of us, but the terrorists among us in the form of the NRA, politicians, gun nuts, crazies who want to impress Jodie Foster, or think John Lennon is “a phony,” and, of course, all the people who lack reading comprehension when it comes to the 2d ammendment.
      The rest of the world AGREES with that assessment. *I* agree with it, as much as I feel a victim of it, and fight to effect change.
      So, during the increasing number of attacks on Paris by foreign militants, versus REPEATED coups, assasinations, attacks, bombings, and so forth by warring factions within a wartorn nation, it is NOT, for lack of sympathy for all the people who suffer horribly every day, but it is a certain acceptance that, that’s “another day in Lebanon.”

      Many of us, worldwide, know and love Paris, and France. That is completely deserved adoration, as is all your sorrow and sympathy for the horrifying attacks.
      Anyone who suggests otherwise is not making sense.

      Lebanon is visited by c. 1.1 million foreign tourists annually.
      France, on the other hand, is visited by c. 84.7 million foreign tourists annually, making it the MOST POPULAR TOURIST DESTINATION IN THE WORLD.
      The Eiffel Tower is THE MOST VISITED paid-entry monument IN THE WORLD.

      What people are trying to say is that OTHER horrible attacks happened in places we, as westerners, simply do not have the same cultural attachment to, or even much knowledge of, culturally, geographically, artistically, etc.

      I think ALL THE WORLD would be best served by sharing more about the wonders of their cultures than by trying to make anyone question their attachment to the undeniable glory of Paris; of France.
      Here’s a bit about the beauty of Beirut & Lebanon (before Thursday’s attacks).

      “On an early Sunday morning, waiting for the second M.E.A flight to Paris, thinking about Lebanon, about the positive things we don’t see and the negative feedbacks we stipulate on a daily basis.
      We have a wonderful treasure, that needs a bit of attention. Its 8 a.m, the plane doors close, i grab my laptop, close my eyes and think about the things i would miss about Lebanon and 21 reasons came to my mind that make Lebanon, the most beautiful country in the world:”

  131. I have been moved and deeply affected by your writing. It saddens me that such things are happening and my heart goes out sincerely to the people of Beirut.

    It’s so frustrating, that many many people like myself, a working -white- mother, who tries to live an honest and good life, are presumed to not care.

    It is only because the majority of the general public are not aware of such events, because the ‘powers that be’ along with western news reporting and media, filter and manipulate what information is give to the general public.

    The terrorists and the media, between them both, are turning decent kind and normal people upon each other, in particular making Muslim families feel uncared for and victimised.

    It makes no difference to me (most people would think the same way I’m sure) as to the colour or religion of a person. Most people do care and most people are deeply upset by these events; but if they didn’t know about Beirut because of the lack of information given in the daily news, then it is not just our societies, but the media that should be changed.

    Some of us do care about Arab lives, as they are human lives too.

    My Christian prayers go out to all the victims, their families and their loved ones.

  132. What can we do to help Beirut? Is there a specific organisation we can send money to to help fund medical, food, water, etc. costs?

  133. My friend, what you write is unfortunately true. But all that I can say is that people will not respect you unless you respect yourself. Unless people like you write about it, point it out on various platforms majority will not listen. Mostly people are ignorant. Colouring the monuments in any country’s flag is just a marketing gimmick. I don’t think people even care for the fallen Parisians.

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  135. All lives do matter. And I hear what you are saying.
    In defense of the Western world, let me say this: as a tourist destination, Paris beats Beirut many times over. Millions more people can relate to something happening in Paris because they have visited there.
    While our news is biased and politicized, it is also true that bombings don’t occur every month or so in Paris like they do in the Middle East. Reporting on bombings/suicides in the Middle East is like reporting on gun deaths in the US. It’s just too many. It’s not news anymore.
    I would like to think that perhaps what is happening via social media is that the average person can now be informed better and can now organize responses/support at the grass roots level. All of us have trusted politicians and our governments, and yes, “God,” to solve these problems for us. But the politicians are more interested in oil, power, money and control and God — well, that’s another story.
    It is up to us, the little people, whose lives do matter more than political games, to stand up to these few zealots with twisted minds. To let them know we will not fall into their depraved, barbaric way of thinking. And I’m not talking about just ISIS. I’m talking about the Western military machine, too. We the little people have to stand up and say NO MORE BOMBS, No MORE GUNS. No more eye for an eye. Quit sending our kids to these wars. Quit spreading the hate.

  136. @Anupam Kumar, I care about those dead Parisians. It don’t think that in 2015 simple people like you and me, that live a normal life and strive to evolve and progress, should die because of some religious fanatics. As for the article, what do you expect when your Islamic laws, from the Qu’ran paragraph 9:29, state that non-Muslims should die, just because we don’t cherish your precious Allah? I mean… of course, it’s a sad fact that people died (arabs, french, etc.), because no life should be considered less or more precious than another, but since they throw fanatic threats like that… and even try and pursue them, then they deserve their fate. If you Arabs want to join the rest of the world, if you want to be respected and accepted you must leave your fanatic beliefs, your craving for killing in the name of Allah, your incredible selfishness and be more humble, and more towards life and respect for life, no matter what ! I don’t say that the rest of the world is perfect, because it is not of course, but at least we don’t kill people in the name of God.

  137. …. Yeah sure…Specially the “arab world” doesn’t care for Beirut (I also don’t see Arabs countries’ condolences for Beirut or Syrian people as they have refused refugees to enter their countries….. Or…. For Most of the victims of terrorists attacks in Arab countries and Africa are people with different religion than Islam….And God forbid the Arab “world” to empathize with Israeli victims of terrorism ….

    YES truly an indifferent world …and evil MEDIA….

    And the narrow scope of criticism pointing fingers from your blog.

    It’s not a race in popularity … BOTH attacks at the same time by the same enemy… And here you are… Antagonizing again Europe vs Middle East bra bla instead of looking beyond it and invite people to join the battle against the true enemy: INTOLERANCE.

    So stop posting against Empathic reactions and spreading HATE

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  141. As a white agnostic American woman, I want you and anyone reading this to know that I stand in solidarity with you. I stand with you even if my government does not. And there are many people I know from a similar demographic who do as well. Not enough, it is true, but more than the bought-and-paid-for media would lead others to believe.

  142. Offcourse I find it awfull when innocent people are suffering or were killed regardless of their religion or in which country they live. But I think it’s natural that you are more emotional involved when it’s close to you. That’s the same as for example when somebody you know very well is sick or a aquintance is sick then you are also more emotional involved with someone you know very well.

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  147. I agree, it doesnt happen in Paris everyday thats why every single one is outraged. Bombings in your countries are nothing new. They are part of your culture so get over it

    • Bombings in our country is nothing new, so let them murder more innocent men, women and children and us be fine with it? Lovely humanity you have there.
      Would it be okay if I told you to get over mass shootings of school children in the US because well, it’s part of their culture and they’ve had many of those already, and would they stop whining already please?

      You obviously missed the whole point of the post. No wonder, you have no empathy or humanity.

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  149. I am British and white. Your first photo has much impact. I have posted it onto my Facebook and shared it. I hope you don’t mind. Also, I think you should share it with as many people and sites as you possibly can. It takes time to change people’s attitudes, but your article contributes to this change. Do not become too despairing, though. Many people are thoughtless, not cruel, and need a nudge or two to raise their awareness of their behaviour.

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  151. Yes the world absolutely cares more when it’s a combination of happening in the west + happening in predominantly white (whether by outside appearance or in reality) spaces. The media focuses nonstop on the event and that also increases exposure and the amount of sympathy people easily have available for victims in the spaces I mentioned above. This was easy to see in April after the shootings that happened around the same time in Kenya (a college) and France (newspaper). Everyone was jumping on the Je Suis Charlie train and there was almost nothing for Kenyan victims. People, companies also want to do what others are doing.

    Anyway, I learnt my lesson then. You learn over and over that people reserve sympathy and understanding for certain types of people (this even leads to some having less sympathy and understanding for their own people! It’s the saddest thing ever)! Then they’ll jump through SO MANY HOOPS to justify their thinking. Whatever, I’ve given up on hoping for anything different, sorry.

  152. Hi,

    Thank you for writing this. It was insightful to how media portrays different news in the media. I would have to say that I care about Arab lives lost, not only Arab but Egypt, African, everywhere in the world that has lost lives due to terrorism/wars. But the truth is that people only know about news through various forms of media. For me, I only knew about Paris attacks through numerous postings on FB. And how I knew about bombings in Beirut was also through the same social media. So my friends do care, they care enough to share articles and various posts commending the heroic efforts of Adel Thomas and also on the thoughtless killing of Arabs in mosques. I would have to say though, in light of everything, it is our lives that do not matter. Not particularly Arabs only, but Parisians, Americans, Syrians, every nationality that has been affected by terrorism. Why do I say that? Because ISIS is killing everyone that does not agree with their cause, it seems that ISIS thinks our lives do not matter. None of us is ever safe, except for ISIS, because I don’t think they kill each other, do they? The real enemy is ISIS, and we all should bond together to fight ISIS together because it’s either them or us.

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  155. You want to know why the same reaction isn’t given by the US? It’s because the US doesn’t have the same relationship with Lebanon that it has with France:

    – doesn’t deploy troops with the US as France does.
    – doesn’t share financial burdens with the US as France does.
    – doesn’t share intelligence as deeply with the US as France does.
    – doesn’t enjoy a rich political history with the US (France helped the US be born, US bailed out France in WWI and WWII, Cold War).
    – doesn’t share a common rich cultural history with US as France does.
    – has Hezbollah as a political party, which US considers a terrorist organization.
    – publicly stated it will be the last country to sign a peace treaty with US’ largest ally in the region (guess who?)

    Pro-tip: your country can stop being friendly with Syria and Hezbollah and Iran, and actually engage the US from a position of trust. I’ll leave Israel alone.

    Providing a place where the US feels it won’t lose hundreds of Marines in a terrorist bombing attack might go a long way, too. Remember 1983? We tried to provide a stability and security to your country and shed blood in the hundreds for it. Any sympathy from you there?

    And you wonder why it’s different? Really?

  156. I care about not only “your people” but about all people everywhere. All the killing must end to be replaced by talks and negotiations. All the killing has benefitted no one and caused immeasurable harm. It is very confusing to “outsiders” as to what is taking place. Sunnis kill Shiites, Shiites kill Sunnis. ISIS kills Sunnis, Shiites, Christians and everyone else. WAHABISTS are not understood in the West. The only thing all Muslim groups agree on is that they wish to kill/eradicate all Israelis. The deaths of INNOCENTS FURTHERS NO CAUSE. Shiites cheer when they kill anyone anywhere. Sunnis cheer when they kill anyone anywhere. ISIS celebrates every murderous event they perpetrate. ALL MUSLIM GROUPS CELEBRATE ANY ISRAELI DEATHS THEY CAN CLAIM TO HAVE CAUSED. My heart goes out to the families of the victims in Beirut and Paris. What would you have us feel, say, do about thus situation? I live in the USA. I am elderly. I very much want the killing to stop.

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  158. I guess there’s some truth in your article. I must say I’m a frenchman, I went in Lebanon twice a few years ago, and loved it and it’s people. But during my two stays, in which I tried to visit the many major places of the country, north to south, coast to moutain, I was surprized to hear my friends, which are well-educated people, speaking more languages than I can, telling me that they never went to the places I visited in those three weeks. My friend from Trablous didn’t know Sour, my Beyrouthins friend had never gone to see the splendor of Baalbek. I presumed that was some sequels of the not so late civil war…
    Though, I think the targets of 2015’s attacks are meaningfull for those unbelievers barbarians. I mean, except fot real tactical purpose, for which I know they are doing the same in Syria, or Irak or Lybia, they are only attacking countries and cities significant for their cultural and intellectual traditions and freedom: Lebanon and especially Beyrouth, Tunisia (and the museum showing the pre-islamic culture, by the way a lebanese-born one), and France, which was not so long ago (I fear we’re not anymore) the reference for many arabic-speaking leaders, authors and scientists. And that too, should be clear amongst lebanese (or tunisian) people, and emphasized by other nations.

  159. It’s not that westerners don’t care! Media represent only small parts of what really goes on. In our media we hear very little about muslims who speak out against terrorism, and likely your media tell you little about how shocked and worried and concerned normal people in the west are about what happens in much of the arab world. It seems as if lack of empathy, mistrust and stereotypes are promoted. Maybe that should be our worry. To keep believing in the good will of ordinary people. Because believe me, there are those. And they weep for Beiruth, for Syria, for Kenya and all those other places where ordinary life is taken from ordinary people.

  160. You DO matter! And I stand with you in my heart and prayers! I am an American! But we are ALL humans and your lives matter, your feelings, your hopes and dreams and your fears. I feel the same way you do, I feel the world chooses who the masses feel for and who they blame. I am here to tell you, I will flying your countries flag on my Facebook page, and my family stands beside you and your people in our hearts. Blessings to you.

  161. This is so true and so heartbreaking. Please remember there are an awful lot of people who feel and still strive to get this point across on social media and as global citizens feel all humans are precious and equal

  162. People from Paris thank you and share your tears about french and lebanese victims alike. We hope to live the same life and our ennemies are now the same. I don’t pray but my thought is with you now, since the eighties and until we can share the same peace from Paris to Beirut, Sour and Baalbek.

  163. The reason Beirut is not the same is that France is the West in that it’s similar to America, Canada etc. Lebanon is a mess with Iran’s creation of Hezbollah causing havoc just to undermine Israel. Any group which seeks, whether actively or compliantly, the destruction of another race deserves no sympathy. In France its savages killing and hurting the complete innocent while Lebanon is one side striking another. In Lebanon its just another day.

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  165. I can only partial agree to this post
    the problem with the death in the arab world – is that it occurs daily – since tenth of years – almost each day we find news about these chocking events – im 55 years and and I think my whole live there was war there – and the second problem is : many don’t understand why what is going on there – who fights who – it is just chaos for normal people.

    People are all over the world chocked about mass death – where ever it occurs, if iy turkey, or china or afrika – but the arab phenomena is completely different – death seems to be a daily condition – and nobody in the world can be chocked daily about the same things occurring day for day.
    The truth is : We here are daily concerned about the arab world for tens of years – its like a unstopping chock.

    and there comes still something else – human condition, understandable – we have to accept that PARIS is for many people emotionally a very different place than Beirut or Moscow – or even Marseilles.
    These are light towers of the western world – like New York too.

    • “death seem to be a daily condition” That is the idea you get from watching western media… The arab world is extremly large and 90% of arabs are living in complete safety. If you had done some research before posting this you would know that the attack on Beirut is the first terrorist attack in Lebanon since the 90’s. According to you, Morocco, Oman, or Qatar for exemple are war zones with terrorist attacks everyday. Sorry friend but you are the imbodiement of what this text is denouncing.

      • Why so obsessed with WESTERN MEDIA? You’re saddened that western media doesn’t care about your plight? Should I equally be outraged that Lebanese media doesn’t care about the plight of my own countries tragedies? Should I be outraged that the Muslim world / media doesn’t care about the plight of Christians?

        As the original poster said, as unfortunate as it is, the Middle East whether you can accept it or not (It would appear you can’t) is a hot-spot for violence and religious warfare.
        And if you think Lebanon is such a safe place, can I direct you to this documentary about the life of teenagers in Lebanon.

        It’s not that people / the Christian media, don’t care about you, it’s just that we filter you out of the news, because you’re like that drunk uncle that is always causing fights.

        • I am completly amazed by your ignorance. Why are you implying that I’m middle eastern ? I’m French I didn’t write that I was middle eastern anywhere. Secondly what does Islam has to do with that, you know that Lebanon isn’t a muslim country since HALF of its population is christian. And yet again the beirut attack is the first terrorist attack in Lebanon since the 90’s, Lebanon is causing wars according to you ? I’d advise you to check your sources again…

  166. Okay I admit that I feel guilty that I had no idea about the mass killings in Beirut, Kenya, and others, though sadly we tend to accept violence there as routine. But it would be in all our best interest to stop complaining about which country/ethnicity is getting more media exposure and solidarity, and start joining forces to DO something about taking down this evil group that’s hell bent on taking over the world. I’m a hypocrite myself in that I’ve personally done nothing to help and feel helpless overall. But can we at least start those conversations?? Can we come out from behind our screens where it’s easy to spout our ideologies/show solidarity with hashtags? I agree with some other comments saying the west is helping…the US and others are sending drone attacks on the isis leaders, Europe is taking in refugees, etc. Not to mention Paris is dear to all our hearts as a tourist destination and many of us know people who live there, thus the showing of solidarity. But yes, all lives matter, now what are we doing about it?

  167. This article exactly reflects my insights. Of course, it is very frustrating to hear about the terrorist attacks in France but these kinds of terrorist attacks are happening every day in the world. A few weeks ago, over 100 people were killed in Ankara, the capital city of Turkey because of a terrorist attack. No social media website bothered to make its logo the flag of Turkey or no media executive expressed their grief.
    I think this shows how the western media controls the values of the society. No one cared about the killings in the eastern of the world. Apparently no one cares about the killings and terrorists unless they are hit by them.

    • Exactly, the terrorist attacks take place every day everywhere in the world. Analyzing the situation German media did not show too much of all the other terrorist attacks elsewhere then europe, but still, almost once a week you get an update of some terrorist attack, either in Pakistan, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Egypt and I could continue the list. Do you think it would acutally help having too much terrorism on TV or media if a society, even though it know’s that this world has never been more global and never been closer then ever before, still feels that all that terror, except the one within it’s union or it’s cultural familiarity (western states) still seems so far away? Media is controlled by it’s consumers and people who create consumers. I don’t blame western media and western presidents and governments or western people for not showing how much their lives matter as well. It’s neither racist, it’s just a way of acting practical: Wouldn’t a whole series of omnipresent terrorism on TV, I mean isn’t it shown every day already(?), help the radical terrorists more then the victims and their families and friends?

  168. Many years ago I watched and read about the Iran contra affair. It was simple to blame one man. In reality it was America selling weapons to both sides of a war. Egging each on to kill the other. Then one day. The enemy talked to the enemy and lo and behold they found a new enemy. So since then the Middle East and the Muslim community has wagged their war against America and Americas friends. I was only a teenager 30 years ago. I told people then, and I still tell people today, America pissed off the middle east and the muslims. America and Reagan created this mess!

    • This is a barbaric group of people fueled by a death cult ideology that wish to bring the apocalypse. They want us to be miserable like them. Israel and its policies have nothing to do with this. If anything we should look to Israel as a role model on how to deal with savages who wish you dead

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  170. It would be nice if Arab lives mattered to other Arabs, see that is a hyperbole. To think that Arab lives don’t matter to Europeans is just hyperbole as well. As for the press, it will always be myopic and provencal. I don’t hear anyone crying for the Americans that are being duped by a GOP the resembles a fascist regime. It is unfortunate that magical thinking in the form of religion still rules public opinion and dictates policy. I would recommend that everyone take some time out to really read some Bertrand Russell.

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  172. While I agree that the difference in reaction is sad, I will point out one important nuance that people shall consider before jumping to conclusion while doing precisely these types of comparisons.
    In the heart of many people, Paris is a symbol: that of a city that, through its history, has become the flagship of ideas like liberty, equality and fraternity; that of a city that explicitly declared the human rights to be valid without distinction of race, nationality and religion.
    You claim in this post that it would be unfair to consider that a life in Beirut is worth less than a life in Paris. You are absolutely right. And Paris represents precisely this idea: that all people are created equal without distinction of race (Europeans or Arabs), nationality (French or Lebanese) and religion (Catholic or Muslim).

    So long story short, please do not consider the international reaction to be a sign that Parisian lives are worth more than that of other people, but consider it as a token, showing how much people worldwide connect to and identify with the very message and ideals that this city has come to represent. And that idea is precisely that human life has the same worth, wherever it is, whatever that person thought or believed.

    I connect with your loss, so please accept these though of compassion for the people of Lebanon.

    From Paris, with care…

    • After reading your comment yesterday evening, I wanted to reply that Paris as the symbol of all this cannot be killed by some terrorists, but it slowly started dying when your government started participating in a war without any public outcry noticeable from outside … it’s sad

  173. Please know that there are many who care deeply, although this is not registered in any statistics, blogs or newspaper articles.
    I am Buddhist and I chant every day for people everywhere and in every situation who suffer and die from conflict. I live in a peaceful country and have deep appreciation for my good fortune. I may not suffer the horrors of the Middle East, but I know that ALL people count and all life deserves dignity and respect.

  174. It is very true that the media and therefore western civilization is biased. We are all very different societies and suddenly made close through technology, social media, internet. Over the years, they violence and wars in the middle east, Beirut in particular have not been well understood. The problem does involve the western world as oil and our energy needs have contributed to the radical change to economies that made dictators wealthy. The policies of US regarding Afghanistan and Russia’s invasion created and funded the Taliban. It is not well covered in Media. The violence in various parts of the world do not represent the same things to different people. Beirut is not an iconic tourist attraction. Beirut has been an impoverished war zone for decades. People do not identify with the history. You must appreciate that people and media therefore from the USA are a large percentage European immigrants and descendants of those. We share history as allies to France. There are huge losses of life around the world on any day. The deaths of Ebola in Western Africa, the deaths from treatable diseases like Malaria and starvation outnumber all of the terrorist attacks put together. These people have only the voices of the relief agencies who put an ad out for people to send money. The world has always had famine, disease, war. Even with our technology, our connectiveness, we will always tend to identify with what we know. It is our challenge to develop our minds and hearts in keeping up with our technology. Your post is wonderfully written and thoughtful. I appreciate the point you make and it is with sincere sadness that the precious lives lost in Beirut and elsewhere were not given the same amount of sympathy. Your writing is a tribute to their memory.

  175. You are partially right. The media in western countries will always report more fervently on people similar to their own, that is human nature. But you miss so many other points here.

    The fact is that rightly or wrongly there is an assumption that France, far from the middle east and with modern, active public security forces and low crime rate is a far, a terrorist attack like those seen is a far less likely occurrence than in a middle eastern country where there is still the impression (if not reality) of largely tribal affiliations, local militia and poorly funded/equipped protection services. That lower probability, allied to the locality is the reason, not pure racism.

  176. France is more similar to the rest of the West than Lebanon, Kenya etc so that’s why they put such importance on Paris rather than Beirut. If you want to bitch and moan do it to the Liberal retards who run the media, the White privilege folk who frequent Paris for “the culture” and who would never set foot in the Middle Easy unless it was Dubai.

  177. While I agree that the difference in reaction is sad, I will point out one important nuance that people shall consider before jumping to conclusion while doing precisely these types of comparisons.
    In the heart of many people, Paris is a symbol: that of a city that, through its history, has become the flagship of ideas like liberty, equality and fraternity; that of a city that explicitly declared the human rights to be valid without distinction of race, nationality and religion.
    You claim in this post that it would be unfair to consider that a life in Beirut is worth less than a life in Paris. You are absolutely right. And Paris represents precisely this idea: that all people are created equal without distinction of race (Europeans or Arabs), nationality (French or Lebanese) and religion (Catholic or Muslim).

    So long story short, please do not consider the international reaction to be a sign that Parisian lives are worth more than that of other people, but consider it as a token, showing how much people worldwide connect to and identify with the very message and idea that this city has come to represent. And that message is precisely that human life has the same worth, wherever it is, whatever that person thought or believed.

  178. First I want to say I am so sorry for your losses and the heart ache your country is experiencing. Yours is not less important. I want to explain where most Americans are coming from. When you hear about/see people you don’t know getting punched in the face, it does make you upset and sad. But then it’s totally different when you see your friend get punched in the face, right? It’s a whole new level of feeling. So with Americans, we are more personally connected with France than Lebanon. Example: number of Americans who have been to Paris vs Beiruit. Number of Americans with family and friends in France vs Lebanon. Because of our history, America in general just has stronger cultural, political, familial ties to France than Lebanon, so naturally we feel the attack a little more on a personal level-we just saw a familiar friend get punched in the face. I hope that makes sense. It’s not to say we are not sad for all the other attacks or they don’t matter as much. Anyone with a heart at all is upset to hear about them. And I do hope that the Americans that have connections with Lebanon will continue to speak up about what is going on in their country because hearing first hand stories from real people make it so much more personal for the listener who has never been there/has no personal reference of these places.

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  181. I hope you all realize these Jihadists have declared war on us and while not all Muslims have done so I doubt they’d shed a tear should more attacks occur. But don’t worry guys because myself and the millions of servicemen and women, from England to here in North America to France and Australia will fight for you.

  182. I’ve seen much discussion of race regarding the Paris attack, especially when contrasted to recent events in Lebanon, though it seems to me that economics has much more to do with it. Paris is a part of the West, has close economic ties with the rest of the world (and news agencies still have fully staffed bureaus there, another contributing factor), whereas Beirut’s connection is much weaker. Also, if race,or even proximity to Europe were so important, why do we never hear much about Ukraine any more? The violence and death toll there goes relentlessly on, as it does in many places never mentioned on the Evening News in the U.S. It makes me sad to think that if the attack in Beirut had caused the oil price to spike, it would have been the lead on news broadcasts all over the world. The value of human life should never have a price, though as a practical matter, unless an event will have an effect on the West’s economy, most people there will never hear about it at all.

  183. hizbullah invented the concept of suicide bombers murdering hundreds of innocent americans French and Israelis, so is more the case of the chickens have come home to roost

  184. How do you expect the world to have sympathy for the Lebanese people, when the Lebanese people themselves don’t have any sympathy for their owns? Take a good look at how the french people reacted. They all united. They went down to the streets, lit candles, prayed for their dead. What did we do? Nothing. When our own people die, We go on living our little lives as if nothing happened. Waiting for our leaders to think for us. We start pointing fingers at each other and accusing each other. I wonder if any of the Lebanese who are posting comments is praying for our own dead. I think it’s time to stop pointing fingers at others all the time and start taking a good look at ourselves. If we don’t start showing the world that our own people matter to us, no one will. And it’s totally normal. It’s time to start respecting ourselves and our dead. Fil itti7ad kouwwa and that is the main ingredient that is missing in Lebanon.

  185. I care about people who died in Beirut as much as those who died in France. My Facebook profile was changed to a symbol of peace with people around the world encircling the globe. I love people around the world. Sadly, attacks will come again in a different country. We must all stand together and find a way to create peace. Please know that many Americans are like me. We care about everyone regardless of where you are from or what you believe. Your life matters. Sending you love.

    • I’d just like to say that you can’t say the media represents the people’s thoughts it doesn’t. Whoever believes the media in whatever country shows the actual truth, is clearly not looking at the concept of media in itself. I can tell you now being western I take the media with a pinch of salt. Who knows what’s really happening in the world they only show us what they want us to see. What’s news worthy. Instead of seeing western people as western media try thinking of humanity not as separate countries, or as seperate people, try and think of us all as one people. There is always an issue when people say ‘my people’ ur immediately seperating us. We are all important we are all one race. We are the human race. Don’t believe that the medias sympathy represents the sympathy of the actual people. It’s just our spokes people. Since when do our leaders and media actually represent what we think. That being said I feel sad every time I here anyone die, anywhere in the world, any belief and background and age. Everyone should. The media is just the media.

  186. Wasn’t it the people of Beirut that were celebrating the Lockerbie bomber as a hero not too long ago. How bout bitch at your neighbours for not helping, oh yeah wait, there too busy buying Lambo’s, Ferrari’s for their palaces. Not all of us are sheep and changed a profile pic to feel better about it. No Arab nations are over the media doing anything about it? But they’ll gladly taken western money and aid! Let’s just get this over with and let the chips fall where they may. WWIII. Light it up

  187. I usually come to believe that terrorist attacks in those regions happen in a daily base for uncommon reasons for us, e.g. linage, family, or religious circumstances. Notwithstanding, I do agree the media in general has relied on “western thinking” without bearing in mind regular lives are usually lost and harmed there, not only in Lebanon, but also all across the Arabic area. I am sorry for such wrong thinking. I deeply send my sincere condolences and hope you guys may stand up again. Sometimes I think that with Saadam and Gadafi none of this would be probably happening, but greater assholes have intervened those countries and triggered whats going on today, all for oil!!!. I do believe in democracy, though in has been tested to be weak for political power and religious facts, which is stupid. Living under a religious style is stupid, though people and their faith must be respected. And finally, I do believe nature has set us a final destiny for each one of us, so everything else becomes useless.

  188. I just came back from a vigil for Paris; some of the young people in attendance mentioned their guilt at not caring enough, until their own city was hit, about the horrors other people must live through. I do hope that, for some at least, the pain evoked by the events in Paris will be a wake up call to the pain elsewhere. It was for me. I am sorry for my blindness and callousness.
    From the US, a Parisian, with love. I wish I could do more–wish I knew how to do more that just voice this poor solidarity.

  189. Hi, I haven’t read all the comments, would take me too long. paris is a very famous city, at least to those of us in the “western” world. when such “terrible” things happen there, people freek-out. it’s really not any different than 9/11. what I’m writing is essentially my attempt to interpret what has ahppened, in the context of what you have just said.

    for a very long time now, the world has been in a state of “develloped countries” predominantly in the north, and “develloping countries” in the south. blanket generalization. try to cut to the chase, what I’m trying to get at is that while news of explosions or attacks anywhere causes me grief, you are quite right in observing that such an attack in paris seems of more consequence than such an attack in, for example beirut, and I’m trying to figure out why. perhaps if I succeed, something can be done about it? if you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it. (

    I think it may have something to do with history. we see paris as an ancient, beautiful city. full of beautiful history. and beautiful people. I don’t actually know about the latter, I haven’t been there long enough. (was there one night).

    Beirut.. I know next to nothing about. the people or the place. it’s history or culture. from the pictures, it looks very dingy. what grand impressive things have the people of beirut done? what monuments are there? why would I go there? there may be many reasons, I just don’t know them.

    so I conclude that the “western” world has deep connections to paris, where we don’t to beirut. it’s closer. for beirut to matter more, the people of beirut, regardless of their skin colour, culture, ethnicity, what have you, they would have to make a conserted effort to make their city into a beautiful city. a place where people want to go. want to stay. make people feel welcome there. it all seems so simple now, though you might dissagree with me. make beirut a city that the people of the western world value. I hypothesize that it has nothing to do with the fact that the people there are arabs. it has everything to do with the things I listed above, the beauty of the city, the kindness of the people and their welcoming and hospitality toward strangers, the number of interesting, exciting, and pleasurable things that can be done there. I have never been there, I have no idea how the city ranks on these scales. I propose that if it made itself into a city internationally renowned for all these things, then if terrorists hit it, it -still- wouldn’t matter whether the people living there were arabs or otherwise, but it -would- make the news in the way the paris attacks did, if perhaps not still on the same scale. paris has been a famous city for a long time. it is centrally located in well-to-do europe.. it’s a heart of western civilization. beirut would have to maintain it’s status for many years probably, find it’s way into the hearts of many people, before it would get the response that paris did. and it -still- wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that the people there are arabs. or would it? if the people of beirut succeeded in building their city into the kind of place I’ve described, would people still see them as being the same kind of people as those in the rest of the arab world? I don’t know.

    there is probably more I could add, but I’m sure you get the point. find a way to cause us love you, rather than to fear you as terrorists, and we will surely respond very differently if and when your city is attacked again.

    obviously there is more I have to say. the western world hasn’t exactly been nice to arabs either. there are many people all over the world that many consider immoral and evil. while I don’t think there have been western terrorist attacks in arab countries in the more traditional sense of terrorist attacks, there have certainly been military campaigns, and there has been economic terrorism in abundance. for a very long time. if we were instead to help you devellop your countries, help you build more parises, well, we would love you more because your cities would be more like the description above, and you would also be much happier, and not -need- to resort to terrorism to try to make your lives better.

    so, arab lives don’t matter? sure they do. it’s also beside the point. we should all be doing all we can to make everybodies lives better. and there are many people doing that all over the place, all the time. it’s generally called international development, and many people I know are working on small projects in many places, transforming small communities. I have supported some of them. we need more of this, much more, and we need to put more pressure on our own governments to do what is right.

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  193. Michael Jackson died on June 26 2009.
    The world mourned him.
    But that didnt change the fact that
    Farrah Fawcet died
    the same day
    was any less tragic
    or sad
    or important
    or newsworthy.
    It just reflected how much more
    Michael Jackson touched the world in everyday life.
    If you were unfamiliar with Muchael but knew Farrah more intumately then you felt the indifference Beruit fels under Paris’ news coverage.

    This is not a measuring stick for empathy or apathy it is just familiarity

  194. I think that America and France and other counties who think they are strong and big, are little bit too much nationalistic and proud about them self . They are wrong because they see just them selfs. They take everything from those countries who has more , some off they’re people burned Koran and made funny caricatures about Muslims God . That’s what you get . One little tinny mistake and you nation bleeds .
    Good Luck with this shit . Why they dont atack Germany or Russia, Sweden, Spain, Italia by this terror ackts ? Why ? So before saying something like that think twice .
    Yes we are imigrants and we bow our heads working hard and unwanted jobs in your country for a little bit of money . I’m From Little country , youre people doesnt know were is my country even if its even center of Europe. No one cares about us even when we are nearest country in the map . Yes I agree THEY DONT CARE they say they are fucking liberals , peace makers and democractic people . You know what? Is a Lie . They dont care about annything ,

  195. The fact that an opinion has been widely held is no evidence whatever that it is not utterly absurd. — Bertrand Russell

    I feel so alienated and alone by the reaction to the Paris attacks.

    Any death should be condemned. What happened in Paris was barbaric and horrifying. At least 153 people were murdered.

    When a handful of poor brown people shoot a gun and blow themselves up and kill a few hundred people it is called “terrorism” when we first world rich drop bombs and kill millions it is called “spreading democracy”.

    What troubles me so much is where was the mass outrage from my first world Facebook friends over the one thousand to 37,000 times more deaths that America caused in Iraq? Especially from the supposed “Christians” who are often the most supportive of war?

    Where was the meaningless temporary Profile Picture Iraqi flags and meaningless “We are all Iraqis” pictures while 153+ people were being killed everyday on average in Iraq?

    See, the reason why Paris and 9/11 and all of the other terrorist attacks happen is because brown poor peoples lives really don’t matter to us first world people. Empires rise and fall but the policies of those empires stay the same. The history books will strip away all of the bullshit and will write that we murdered millions of poor brown people to control their resources and keep our high living standards.

    The beauty of today’s system is murder is compartmentalized and bureaucratized. Like the way meat is sold in grocery stores, few if anyone ever really sees the blood spilled.

    The question isn’t whether each of us have blood on our hands, the only question is how much.

  196. I think this whole feed is all media and social network based. Which is exactly what ISIS depends on. So just pray in silence. Anchor worry about everyone else.

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  199. I’m so sorry for the lives lost in Beirut, so sorry that the tragedy was largely ignored by the world’s media and so sorry that we have an idiot running for U.S. President who doesn’t seem to know anything about Lebanon. But that has never stopped an American politician from displaying their ignorance to the world

  200. We all care for our families and our own safety. Paris is my backyard, Beirut is yours. We are taught very early to respect everyone regardless of their race, colour, religion or challenges. Respect all religious views mostly because they all preach love and respect. All life matters including the lives lost in Beirut. No-one wants war here, or loss of life anywhere. We know the extremists prey upon young, inexperienced minds and spread hate. Education may be the key.On both sides!!..
    Peace to you and yours… Assalamu alaikum

  201. This is SOooo offensive at this time, and Lebanon are suffering some propaganda issues: Paris/France were only targeted by ISIS because France is one of many nations taking DIRECT ACTION military action in Syria and ISIS want to stop that. It’s not western people don’t know/don’t care – Paris has been attacked because of the direct military action France have been undertaking. So, Lebanon: if you’d prefer FB filters and sympathy posts rather than other nations quietly undertaking military action and putting themselves and their people at risk as a result, just let us know as I’m sure that would be a lot safer for the western states currently trying to help and paying heavy prices because of it. It’s horrendous what happened in Lebanon but you should show empathy, sympathy and support to all the people of Paris …because they died because France did more than FB posts and filters for Syria.

    • Well said. Writing an article like this at such a time is most inappropriate. It is impossible to compare this to other attacks. Comparisons shouldn’t be made.

  202. I, my family, my friends and my community care. We are all taken aback by the lack of acknowledgement, concern and sympathy for the people who lost their lives on November 12 at the demented hands of terrorists. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their families, friends and community. They are not forgotton.

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  206. While I feel saddened for the innocents who have been harmed, I must admit that when I read about the Beirut bombing I perceived it as an attack on Hezbollah. And therefore felt less sympathy because of how they themselves have initiated similiar terrorist attacks on others

  207. I am so sorry that no other Arab country showed comdemnation of the lost lives in Beirut. Why do they consider this unimportant? I mean euro-american civilization is obviously bothering more about their problems (who does not?) and they are having their political interests but why other Arab countries or others closer did not bother?
    OK, to put it the other way – dear Arabs, it is entirely on you how much TV prime time you give to something on a news. Whether you raise concerns at UN or whatever. You and your representatives give value to your lives.

  208. The world is an IGNORANT place. My Mother, Father & 8 month year old brother were all shot in Iraq 10 years ago by U.S Soliders. So innocently & inhumanly. I will never forget the way they were killed and how the Soldiers reacted, like they had just killed an animal. Like my family and MANY other innocent civilians that have lost their lives in the M.E the world simply does not care or chooses to ignore it.

    I don’t care if it’s a daily reoccurrence in the M.E that’s just a poor excuse to ignore the problem.

    I’m deeply saddened and send my condolences to the families of the lives that were lost in the Paris Attacks but when something like this happens it only shows you even more how ignorant & inhummane this World is.

  209. My people? Ok… Your people were partying in the street after 9/11. Why do we have to show any sympathy for these people?
    There is a big difference of what has happened. Your story does not make any sense. You are saying Arab people but that has nothing to do with it. It were Hezbollah people killed. If it were peaceful Arabs being killed, you would have gotten your sympathy…

  210. To me, this debate is a troll.

    If someone from your family is assassinated, will you not be far more shocked than if you hear someone thousands of miles from you is killed? Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. Almost every westerner has visited or dreams to visit Paris and “knows” someone living there. Many people feel intimate with Paris. It is, with Berlin and London, the center of Europe and a symbol of secular universal values, human rights and Western culture.

    So it’s not that we don’t care about arab lives, we do. Otherwise we wouldn’t be housing refugees. It’s just that Paris is one of the most important cities of the West, it’s a symbol. Nothing new about that. Being such a symbol is actually the main reason ISIS has chosen to strike Paris twice in a year.

    Please don’t make things more simple than they are.

  211. Praying for your city and your people. Praying for comfort, peace, hope and love to abound amidst the tragedy.

    “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in every way. The Lord be with you all.”

    • Really? More religion…? enough with the praying already…Now’s not the time to pass platitudes in the name of any god. When are humans going to grow out of these childish myths.
      Dr Fares is entirely right. Western society should pay respects to the horror which happens in the middle east. Just as much as they should when it happens in Paris or any other western country.
      By the way, it is difficult to empathise when there are often pictures of people in the middle east celebrating atrocities committed on western countries.
      There is a lack of empathy, no doubt on all sides.
      But more importantly, there is a lack of respect for fellow human beings.
      We shouldn’t strive for humans to live peacefully and in harmony…this is just to hard for the zealots on both sides to comprehend….it infers compromise and we are dealing with people that have no will to do so.
      Can we perhaps aim for respect. Respect one mans views without having them imposed on you. Respect the country you live in, without wanting to change it to suit your beliefs. Respect a person because they are a human being.
      There should be no tolerance for those that speak out against these values. We should be intolerant to free speech when it seeks to undermine the fabric of society. Until this fundamental change is made, we will continue to have the feeble minded mislead to theirs and our demise.

      • THIS right here is a smart human being. If only everyone shared this type of viewpoint, there would be significantly less violence on this planet.

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  214. Dear Dr. Fares – Rest assured that you do not mourn alone, though dragging the huge weight of public opinion in the U.S. to understand that terror in Beirut is just as horrific as is terror in ANY global capital is like a labor of Sisyphus. The media machine in the USA prefers to ignore the Middle East, but there are many of us here in the U.S. who find the human suffering there absolutely unacceptable. How “the West” can designate Beirut a world capital, the Riviera of the Mediterranean, and so on, yet still ignore the suffering of its people, is incomprehensibly inhumane.

  215. I’m sorry for the suffering in Beirut. I’m sorry our media didn’t put it on the front page your suffering is no less than Paris. It makes me sick to see how the media treats one tragedy above another. I will continue to pray for the families of all countries involved in the aftermath of terrorism. Some of us do care about people we have never met. Terrorism is a act I will never understand. But regardless of the media know those victims are not forgotten.

    • Well said Melissa. I hope the writer and the Arab community take comfort from your words. I can’t understand terrorism either. It is astounding what humans come to accept as ‘normal’ in different parts of the world. In my part of the world, Palangka Raya, Central Kalimantan, the local population ‘accepts’ (to a large extent) the terrible air pollution created by their fellow countrymen. Terbiasa (normal) they say. Part of trying to get on with life because many feel powerless to change it. For two months it was THE most polluted place in the world. Hopefully through constant awareness we can change the world. Humans everywhere care.

  216. From the middle of USA: I was in Beirut in 1965 on a trip that included Iran, Jordan, Syria and lastly Israel. At the time Beirut was known as the “Paris of the Middle East”. It remember a beautiful, bustling city.
    Today we are numb to senseless death. Occasionally an event jumps out of the daily news and then you learn of an equally senseless tragedy in the ‘other Paris’. The USA is full of its own surprises.
    There is a website that tracks gun violence here: Gun Violence Archive. org. How many people died thus far this year by gun shot in the USA? 11,516 people. How many events have we had with multiple victims (dead or injured)? 290. Almost every day.
    My condolences to all.

  217. Thank you for sharing this. Lack of education and awareness about what goes on in the world is a terrible state to be in – unfortunately, many it’s exactly where most Americans are. I myself admittedly struggle to keep educated and up to date on all events in the world. But know that even when social media chooses to focus its attention seemingly everywhere but Beirut, there are people praying for you and your community. You aren’t mourning alone.

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  220. Your blog refers ” my people” a number of times and bemoans the desesitization of Western / European societies to yet another middle eastern bombing tragedey. Given the history of the region can you really blame people for being so desensitized. After all when was the last time you gave a thought to the thousands of third world children that die needlessly every day. I know I don’t and not because I dont care it’s just that we, you and me have become desensitized for our sanity’s sake.

    • I was as desensitized about Paris as any other massacre, but I still get looks when I admit it to friends *in West Africa where I live*.
      But it’s the national past-time to say that our country’s starving poor are backwards or rubbish or wrong for not doing things the Western way. Every day on my commute I pass a billboard advertising skin bleach to make you look whiter, because lighter people ARE treated better.
      It’s exactly what the author said at the end – the whole world believes that Western lives are more valuable than theirs.

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  222. Sir. All lives matter. I am sorry you and your country, your home, and all your loved ones go through this daily. I’m just a small town country boy from Alabama, yet my heart still hurts for you and your people. You will be in my family’s prayers.

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  224. It’s perfect when you write this article about, quote, “your people.” Why isn’t there attention on Facebook, amongst world leaders, etc. about “your people” like in Paris?

    It’s because “your people” are the source of most of the world’s recent terrorist activities. Why don’t “your people” look for support when tragedies like what happened in Beirut happen elsewhere? It’s because they were caused by “your people!” Arabs should be horrified more so by what happened in Paris than what happened in Beirut. Their fight is now impacting innocent people outside of “your people.”

    I’m not one to generalize, but when you do, it’s easy to point out the flaws via the same generalizations. Want to talk about “your people?” Well, right now “your people” are the world’s problem in more ways than one.

    If you want to group yourselves all together, then please fix your shit. Before America continues to do so for the good of the world. Bombs away!

    • How did the people who died in the attack on Lebanon start the war? These are innocent civilians! You mark them with the name that American media has already given them, but they are not all terrorists. Even if 1% of Muslims were terrorists, that would still be WAY more than how many terrorists exist in actuality. Not even .1% of Muslims are terrorists. You think you are seeing the world through your eyes but your eyes are clouded with the fog of propaganda and media. Do not be deceived. Do not lose your humanity because you feel like those people are not your problem and are far away. When the author says “her people” she is referring to civilians and the Lebanese people! The Lebanese people are strong and have managed to stay alive when the US and Israel tried to shoot them down. These people are innocent, they are casualties in a war. They are not Isis. Do not call her people part of the problem when they are the victim! For Pete’s sake, ISIS KILLED LEBANESE MUSLIMS! And you have the audacity to accuse them as being the problem?? You are saying these children and fathers and innocent family members and friends who go everyday in fear for their lives due to attacks from terrorists ARE TO BLAME for the terrorists? Excuse me sir, but I think you ARE one to generalize. Do not blame the actions of a handful of sand among the rest of the sand on the beach. Please, see past what your government wants you to believe. People are people, and don’t you DARE blame the victim. Muslims are now not only the targets of Isis attacks, but of hate crimes and blame. Isis is not Islamic. Isis is satanic. And media is the best friend of Isis.

    • And for your information good sir, the United States created Isis. The middle east’s problems are all due to the United States sticking it’s nose down other countries business. Believe me when I say everything happening in the Middle East and Isis could all have been avoided if not for Americas greed.

      • Has everyone already forgotten the innocent victims of all religions who died in the twin towers? And who was responsible for that atrocity?

        • Those victims are definitely not forgotten! No matter what religion or race! They were all innocent. Are you aware though, that MUSLIMS died in 9/11? Innocent ones? And Muslims were certainly not responsible for that attack! An extremeist group that wants to destroy the image of Islam and harm the US committed 9/11. You think Muslims look at 9/11 with pride? I have friends who are bullied for “committing 9/11” or who get bullied for “having their parents commit 9/11” my friend was barely a child at the time and their parents were a happy just married couple who seeked to find a life in America! To escape the terrorism Israel put on their country and to find a job. They did not commit 9/11. AN EXTREMIST GROUP DID.

    • I’m torn: On one hand, I would call it ‘total bullshit’ what you’re writing and on the other, you’re ironically an example why it seems to make sense to lump all the people of a country together: In europe we have the stereotype of americans being the dumbest people in the world. Congratulations on being a perfect example.

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  228. Mothers of Beirut, I am so sorry you feel the world has forgotten you and turned their backs on your country. I really do believe it is not a conscious decision on most people’s part. Your pain and loss is as real as anyone’s, regardless of which country terrorists’ target. My sincere apologies for my part in lack of solidarity!

  229. You all matter. Paris was just a shock for many of us, especially when we feel connected to France because we’ve visited there and have ties there. You are important. I’m sorry you and so many innocent people have to live in a place of fear and sorrow. This life is not fair, but the life after this will be fair. Stay strong and continue to be a light to the good people around you. They need your goodness and love. Hugs to the innocent people in Beruit who are suffering. I hope you can find peace and comfort in your heart amidst the world of chaos around you.

  230. Maybe we would care more about Arab lives if there were even a spark of concern when terrorists arrack in the name of Islam. It’s either crickets or dancing in the streets. We invite these people into our countries to escape the horror of their own and how are we repaid? They refuse to assimilate, try to impose their religious laws on us and then attack and kill us. If you want sympathy for Arab lives, you’re going about it the wrong way.

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  233. My Western parents taught me that all people are equal – no matter the race, religion or ethnicity. It is how I have tried to live my life. It is our leaders who have created the conditions that enable wars and terrorism. May the people of Beirut and Paris suffer no more violence and sadness!

  234. Thank you. Thank you for posting this blog. I am moved to tears.
    I am also sad to say that I only learned about what happened in Beirut because of what happened in Paris. Only then I started to read the news and I saw what happened in Beirut and at the funeral in Iraq.
    And I want you to know, that the horror in Beirut has been seen, and that for this simple woman who lives in the Netherlands, her heart aches. I want you to know that thanks to you I know about Adel Termos, and I cried for him. He is a hero.
    I want you to know that while the news media care nothing for what happens in Beirut, people do. People care. I will do my best to spread the news, and to educate others.
    Sending love and peace.

  235. Beirut is the capital city of Sheeite terorism. The poor Libanese souls are part and parcel of Hezbollah and Iranian producers and exporters of the international terorism. So why not taste a bite of its own remedy. Paris is the capital city of European culture not Islamic BS, how dare you compare the two. ISIS is the other side of the coin of the same Arab Islam, Lyban and Syria have gone a long way together why would you deny this brotherhood. Enjoy it

    • You are an Arse. Paris is the capital of France, nothing else. Beirut is full of innocents, Muslims and Christians alike. You are nothing

    • Just want to let people who read JEAN CARABESQUE’s rubbish know, that everyone I know would call him an idiot too. I’m sorry for reading comments like this.

      About the article: I’m very sorry for your impression. As a justification I can only say:

      There’s a sad fact, that people deaden the feeling of sorrow. We see news of people dying in terrorist attacks every day. The first time I’ve seen a dead human was when I was a 4 years old child accidentally catching the news about a massacre in the balcan conflict on TV. My parents tried to convince me, that these people lying on the ground were sleeping. 24 years of horrible facts per day later, I try not to let these horrible news get to close to me. If I start thinking about the things I see, it rips my heart apart. It’s easy to suppress the horrible news, because they happen at places I don’t know, to people I’ve never met. It’s very far away. Paris isn’t. What happened there isn’t more tragic than what happens in other places around the world! But sadly other to the daily news, it has the power to shock me, because it has a new impact as a stimulus for my sorrow, it’s not dull yet. I know Paris, I’ve been there, I’ve made memories with this city and with the people from there. And even if it was Paris that was able to awaken me back to true feelings of sorrow, I would never feel sader for French people dying than for any eastern people.

      Changing my profile picture on Facebook to a French flag is nothing but sending a sign, particularly to myself. I don’t want to be dull. I want to be active and I’ll try to figure out a way to be so. And just seeing all the other flags makes me realize that I’m not the only one. It’s finding solidarity. I’m sure that anyone with a French Flag on their profile feel the same way and would be very sorry to hear that he’s offending people with it. The least I would have wanted, is to make anyone think I care less about Beirut than about Paris. It’s not true.

      The truth is, human beings need solidarity. I’m sure that even the terrorists doing these horrible things don’t do it because of religion but because they also need solidarity, they need an ‘Ingroup’ something to fight for. They ended up in a place where they are convinced that these cruel things they do are the right way to fight for the right thing. I hope they come to realize how wrong they are and I hope it’s happening soon!

      And to Mr. Carabesque: You can be happy to be in France (or from whatever other Western country you’re from). You are living in one of the countries that is also responsible for the wars in the eastern world and still are you enjoying a safe and comfortable life – life isn’t fair.
      And by the way, the one part I love about western culture as I know it, is the value of a human life and compassion for others and you Mr. Carabesque for sure are no part of this.

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  241. So even the comments are full of blame and finger pointing!!!….The question is how do we make it right?… Is it even possible? Or have we reached a point in society where we will have to accept the atrocities as common occurrence and deal with the aftermath as and when they occur whilst accepting our plight?

  242. The greatest confirmation of your words is the fact that you would not have written the piece hadn’t the attacks in Paris happened. Period.

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  244. The American makes me sick to my stomach. We laugh and call you the world police, when really you are the true terrorists. You and our politicians that drag us all into the sewer to fight for oil, with no thought to the cost in human lives. Tony Blair has earned in excess of £130,000 per British soldier killed in Iraq and Afghanistan, and this fades to pennies per body if we calculate the civilian cost. The Western Alliance caused IS and destabilised the region, and before that it was Western governments and before that Western, Christian kings and queens, going back 1,000 years.

    When you accuse the Muslim world of inhumanity, remember he who is without sin, should cast the first stone. The Quran calls for peace, and states that innocents should never be persecuted.

  245. Of cause, every victim of a terror attack deserves mourning. But you are mixing categories Comparing Paris center, the symbol of freedom, liberty,love and free thinking with Bourj al Barajneh. is one of it. If a quarter of Front National would have been attacked. I do not think you would see this worldwide participation of mourning. Even Lebanese have some reservations about the people leaving in South Beirut, if you are honest. There are people who think Lebanese are very smart, so smart that they take benefit of others and use it not for the good of the mankind (what the Western approach is and Paris is its symbol). This creates anger and injustice and prepare on the long run the soil for violence and terror Therefore being smart and act inmorally can be lead to the contrary. Think about it and than you can start to prepare peace in Lebanon and neighbouring countries

  246. True it is unfair. But curious. Did you light up Lebanon in USA colors when 3000 were murdered? Please share how you paid tribute.

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  250. “When my people died on the streets of Beirut on November 12th, world leaders did not rise in condemnation. There were no statements expressing sympathy with the Lebanese people.”

    This simply isn’t true.

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  256. Hi: I am from Taiwan. Actually, some of my friends notice the tragic bombing of your country. And we feel that the world’s media ignore your suffering. It must be hard to endure the feeling of being forsaken. But we notice it. One of my friends even changed his Facebook profile into your country’s flag to show his concerns for your suffering. You are not forgotten. Bless you.

    • Believe me we in the UK know what you people have suffered. I don t blame you for being angry about certain factions im the West which are it seems only interested in oil and profit. We Know that and condemn the mindless barbarities that have been committed in our name. Let s try and resolve the issues peacefully whilst there is still time

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  259. I’m sorry that this is commonplace in your country, and that good, innocent people die there. I cannot imagine what that must be like. However, that does not lesson the tragedy that occurred in Paris, where this is not commonplace. I’m sorry your people suffer. I’m sorry that countries like France, where the people are used to peace, were compassionate and opened up their borders to provide refuge for thousands, and put their own safety at risk by doing so. Just because your country knows no peace, does not mean that other countries are bad, or undeserving of the peace that they have fought to protect.

  260. Rich: I wantled to comment on what you wrote about there being a lack of respect. Mind you I am not commenting on the entire post that you wrote, but rather only on the places were you speak about people having respect towards one another. I would say that what you wrote was on track, except that you your self lack respect. Perhaps you should practice what you preach, if you expect others to value what your saying.

    You say “there is a lack of empathy, no doubt on all sides. But more importantly, there is a lack of respect for fellow human beings”!!

    You also stated ” can we perhaps aim for respect? Respect one man’s views without having them emposed on you. Respect a person because they are a human being”.

    At the beginning of your post you showed Anna zero respect for her views, when she was sending her thoughts and prayers to these people. She wasn’t imposing her prayers on you, yet you took offense to her praying for these people.

    I believe your words were ” Really,?? More religion…? …enough with the praying already. Nows not the time to pass platitudes in the name of any god. ( Btw: It’s God not god and there is only one true God!! No ma

    • Which one true god are you defending right now? The one that makes you a second class citizen because of your sex at birth? The one who’s origins are thrice rehashed from ‘pagan’ religions of yore? The one that had his own son killed to send a message? …. There is no super powered being up there waiting for us to get our shit together. Get out of your own head and take a look around the ‘world’

  261. Bro every single life is important. In fact every strand of hair on our heads are counted by God. But the people in Middle East need to ask this important question – Why do you put up with such hypocroitic govts?. Why do you need anyone else to bring you democracy but the people of the respective countries and in this case, Lebanon themselves? If you answer that then you will know what is the difference between Paris and Beirut.. Are you people in Beirut prepared to rise up against your fellow Muslims who are misguided? You and for that matter me, don’t need people’s sympathies.and in particular the politicians of the US and others who have personal agendas. We need to first right the wrongs in our own countries and then we can stand up against the tyrants.

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  263. Well it’s a long and a sad story too but the west familiarises itself with victims from within it based on religious, cultural, and colour bases. It’s something that we all do… since you hardly see any westerner or a middle easterner shedding tears over black suffering in Africa. We learnt to draw borders to where our humanity and empathy stretches and here in Europe our sympathies don’t reach further beyond the Christian, white, and EU borders. Even more sickening is what you mentioned about the pigs who rejoice at violence in Lebanon because they’re zionists, in simpler terms extremist Jews or far right Christians (not generalising but it’s a visible trait). To add to this, there’s the element of, if it happens in the Middle East, it’s unlikely to happen here… whereas, when it hits home, it gets more attention and social media networks thrive in the light of such event as everyone joins the masquerade of Facebook/Twitter sympathy sharing, which is largely another attempt to bring about attention to oneself. It’s a world that’s struck by many illnesses and hypocrisy is just one of them. However, I understand from all of this is that sympathy and empathy towards Paris or Lebanon won’t bring back the dead or heal the injured, rather it will make the unharmed and irrelevant feel better… so it’s another form of self-centred view. My apologies if I sound harsh.

  264. I am from the United States, specifically Texas. It is not that Arab lives don’t matter to us, it is that our media did not even publicize the attacks in Lebanon. I did not use the facebook app to change my picture–there were too many deaths in too many countries for me to choose ONE flag. My prayers are with you, and we pray for your safety every day.

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  266. I care that massive numbers of refugees, mostly men between 16-40, would flee leaving women, children, and the old behind rather than face the evil among them.

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  269. I care. I am of Indian origin. Brought up in Kuwait. And now loving in the UK. And I wanted you to know I care. I care that lives of your countrymen are lost…I mourn their deaths and stand with you in your loss.

  270. I was so sad when I heard of a terrorist attack in Beirut. I have dear friends there that I have known for 43 years, that I have welcomed in my home in the midst of the lebanese civil war to offer them some relief from the bombings and shellings… Ever since the war ended, each time these is some turmoil in Beirut I fear for the peace there. It was such a relief to visit Beirut again some 9 years ago and witness its renewal… the livelyness of its renovated center , the dynamism of its youths.
    But I can’t forget my first impression in April 1975 : We were received in several families, invited to several public events, and I told my husband that I had the strange feeling that lebanese were dancing over a volcano…
    Now, why do the terrorist attacks on Paris have had a greater effect worldwide than the one in Beirut? First because the number of casualties is greater. Second because it is unusual in France ( France is not recovering from a civil war, (and religion wars have been over for 400 years) and last but not least ever since the french revolution France has been a SYMBOL for Liberty. You can note that each time some peoples in the world have fought against a form of oppression their people have sung “la Marseillaise”, from the Hungarians in 1956 to the students of the Tien an Men Platz in Beijing, or the Tchecoslovaquians in 1968.
    Of course because of the fear generated by these attacks there may be a backlash of racism, xenophobia, from the part of some, emphasized by extreme right parties. But I would not call it islamophobia. The great majority of french people make a clear difference between the ordinary muslim people with whom they work and live and the fundamentalits (salfists, wahabits, etc. ) who deep down hate our society, our values, our freedom and way of life and try to question it constantly by asking for special measures (such as separate hours in public swimming pools for men and women etc etc..) This is a very long term struggle, it started as early as 1988 when some “preachers” from the Gulf countries began offering financial help to north african families who would accept to send their daughters to school with a scarf on their heads…
    Things are not simple, and events have many roots…So you see there is no point in feeling left over. Each life is sacred and unique and it is a crime to destroy it and each mother grieves her lost child the same way.

  271. I care about you…i care that your people suffer…I care that all people suffer but I also remember that in your country, people celebrated in the streets at the horrific death of over 3000 innocent lives on 9/11. In your country, peacekeeper Us Marines were brutally murdered by the same thugs that hold legitimacy in your government and send indiscriminate rockets into Israeli homes and villages then claim to be victims in the media when Israel retaliates, Your country is broken. In your country, I would not be safe to walk the streets for fear that someone would kidnap me, kill me in my sleep or at a meal in my hotel for no other reason than I am a US citizen, a westerner…a non-believer. In your country, an enemy is anyone that doesn’t believe or pray as you. In your country, I don’t have value as a human being. So, until your countrymen change and join in rejecting violence against all people, break bread and respect your neighbors, find common ground with those who choose to worship differently than you and protect the rights of all who live within your borders, you will be isolated in your grief from the rest of the world. News outlets around the world devote so much time an effort covering the turmoil of your world. The Paris terrorist acts take stage front and center because the good people of France have provided a safe haven for those in your world who had no place to go…those that had a second chance at a good life…those that lacked a voice….those that had been victimized. The French do not deserve to be the victims of your world. So, pardon the Western media while we grieve for those that valued diversity, welcomed strangers into their homes and lives and offered shelter to the downtrodden. The weekly bloodbath of your world will not be front page news for this week…. extremist views of how people in your world would like the rest of us to live will not be given the attention it normally does for this week. Fix your broken world.

  272. I read your France/Lebanon piece with sympathy and empathy. I would like – if permitted – to include the whole piece minus any photos – in my. Own blog as I have been thinking of putting up well considered opinions and views and constructing a response myself after some thought and deliberation. I don’t feel up to it just yet and it may not even transpire but I did appreciate and accept your views as very humane.
    I bong to a community still divided by sectarianism and soon there is a deal to be brought before us – in time for Christmas. One outcome I anticipate is they will drop ‘the petition of concern’ which allows one ‘Party’ to veto the primacy of a others proposed policy or objection to a policy. Among other things it will mean there will no longer be blocking of Civil Partnerships which are available everywhere throughout the UK except here. There may even be extended rights to Abortions which again seems to be blocked by a minority though some suggest the majority is against free access to abortion here. Many travel to England for abortions as was the case now revised in the Republic of Ireland.

    Wishing you peace and safety and good health.


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  274. I’m French and Parisian, but living in Montreal and was well aware of the bombing in south Beyrouth, my wife is from Beyrouth. A sunnite attack in a Chiite quarter is, as you say, less worthy and unfortunately you are right. Because people don’t understand this complicated religious situation that is the bread and butter in Lebanon for so many years. Like we say a murder in our street makes more noise than a earthquake across the world. While you are totally right to be angry about the coverage, you have to understand that for western countries Paris is like home, its like Berlin, London, Sydney, Rome, New York, LA, Madrid, Bruxelles… its easier to relate, its the same ”street’, the same way of living, they’ve been there, they might know people living there, while Beyrouth is under siege for so many years people from western countries don’t relate to it ! Especially when 2 different muslim factions are at war and attack each other…. it’s the sad truth about it ! I sincerely pray for the victims of the last attacks in Beyrouth and hope this madness can aim to a end ! I have posted all the info on my wall and I’m often reading l’Orient le jour ! God bless all of us !

  275. For me, as a German, there is no difference between the people suffer in Europe, Middle East or Africa due to violence. Unfortunately, people are mainly interested in news of the neighborhood and forget very quickly. Thousands of children die every day in Africa (!) and most people do not care. A lack of interest in public does not mean that people in Beirut or elsewhere are less value. Building new frontiers helps anyone.

  276. Hello Elie,

    i hope i`m able to get my thoughts here right in english. I read about you in a german newspaper. I`m so sad that you are thinking your life or the life of people from the arabian world is worth less. I thought over it and i wanted to explain it to myself why it`s paris that make me fear and sad in the first moment. Because its nearer. Because i can imagine life in Paris more like living in the arabian word. I could be there, my district is like the distric in paris, the style of the dead young people it`s the same style like my neighbours have. Tomorrow i will go singing in a club, same size like Bataclan. I think people a more touched when it`s the same living world. Because we can imagine more that this could happening even to us. About your world i don`t know much. Or only the things we knew over media. It`s seems to be so far away from me. But it doesn`t mean it don`t matter, what is happening to you. I searched for photos from the terror act in beirut and it make me very sad, too. Living with this fear every day.. it`s something i can`t imagine. Living in Syria, or all the countries where IS an terror trys to make the free people to their slaves. We have the same enemy. We all want to live in peace and freedom, no matter where we live. My thoughts are with you. Salam…

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  279. The portion of the title “In a World That Doesn’t Care About Arab Lives” really made me cringe. I’m not doubting its veracity, but it has led me to wonder why that is true. It is certainly not true of everyone, please believe that. A friend of mine rightly pointed out that where there is no heart connection, it is difficult to muster empathy. Do you think maybe the way forward would be in constructing a bridge among people, which would make it impossible to ignore events like these wherever they occur? Personally, I do.

  280. Thanks to someone posting your blog article on one of the major german news websites ( ), I came to read your thoughts on the different kind of international treatment and behavior concerning the two attacks, in Beirut and Paris. Not to mention other attacks happening all over the world almost everyday. It made me want to reply to you, as I’m having the same impression as you for qhite a while now and I consider it a shame for our western media and politicians to show such a different behavior, or even lack of condolescence / detailed coverage, depending just on where this awful terror happens.
    And I understand that through this, for some people, like in your or other arabic countries, the impression may arise that you or your country seems to be less important than others. This is unexcuseable and even very dangerous in my opinion, as it might make people who have this impression become attracted to hateful or, at worst, even terroristic ideas as well in the end.
    Because I don’t think everyone is as reasonable and deliberate on that subject as you obviously are.
    That’s why I agree with almost everything you mention in your article and hope that many more people around the world will read it, understand and reflect on it. I think the main problem is that, depending on where in the world you grow up, you simply “learn” to care more about things that happen close to or around you. And media oftentimes (and unfortunately) supports this way of “learning”. Not to mention political interests playing their part, too.😦
    Rest assured though that, at least here in Germany, I’d say our media still at least tries to cover more or less well on all events happening in the world, not just the Western world. Beirut was in our news as well. How politicians and media may react to and emphasize on such events in particular may be another story, you’re right about that. Definetly there’s a lot of improvement to be done and neccessary. But, like me, there are people who notice you, too, and who feel sorry for all innocent victims of such insane terror attacks, no matter where they happen. You are important as anyone else who makes an effort to improve things in society and show compassion to those in need. We all share the same blue planet to live on. So although we don’t know each other, feel free to feel mattered at least to me, and for sure still to a lot of other people on Earth, too, even if it’s not shown in media.
    But see? Thanks to media and a little luck, I read your thoughts today which I would probably not have otherwise. So there’s hope in that, along with dialog and listening to one another.
    Best wishes from Germany, and may all these attacks be over one day.

  281. I am a Nigerian, and I felt the same way when I heard of the Paris attack and also saw a lot of people (Nigerians) following the “pray for Paris” trend and using the Facebook feature to change DPs to the France flag , when they hardly show any concern to the reoccuring bombings going on in the Northern part of the country. I understand that all lives are important and I sympathize with the country but it should be returned and the endless carnage that our country is facing should be recognized

  282. Eu sou brasileira e sinto, profundamente, que as coisas se passem dessa maneira. Lamento muitíssimo pelo que houve no seu país. Somos todos irmãos. Uma morte já é muita coisa, aconteça onde acontecer. Compreendo o que diz, como se sente e isso me deixa triste….Gostaria que as coisas mudassem, que o mundo fosse um bom lugar para todos.

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  284. Not sure if this is being read, but I felt the need to reply.

    First of all my sincere condolences to your fellow countrymen and -women.

    The roots of the problem are very complex, involving climate change, oppression, and.. well, in short, a lack of opportunity and prospect, resulting in war.

    We in the West, should take full responsibility and not hide from our mistakes we have made in the past decades. And what started as joyful rebellion for freedom and equality, became the face of the darkest side nature of the human nature.

    We in the West, we have experienced this before. And I think there is a lack of historical understanding from your perspective to this. And perhaps a lack of empathy towards you. But you have to understand that these are our direct neighbors, where we have family, friends and other relationships. After WW2, our connection is irreversibly intertwined.

    The way you make it sound, like we are to blame for our media’s ignorance. But this is simply not true. The Europeans are loosing control, and these action stretch this even further. What we once preached as a nice democratic system has brought us great mischief, especially in times of crisis. I would suggest at least 50% of our European demographic does not feel adequately represented by our government nor the media. Do not forget that.

    It’s not us, you should be looking at. You should look at your own neighbors, and ask for solidarity. We don’t need to be greatest friends to show respect. I would not treat you any different than any other person, based on whatever your believe or nature; nor is this reply directed at you personally, but anyone in general of who identifies with your thoughts, to those I would like to say: don’t get in that pitfall.

    We are all human, and we all want 3 basic simple things: job, family and a future.

    Just let us do it our way. Then we let you do yours.

    We do care, but human nature shows – just as we can see anywhere – when people are clueless and shocked, they become paralyzed. You should not blame us, for being human. Because the truth is, we have NO CLUE how to help you. How can MY ‘awareness’ help YOU? But it can help my friends in Paris, you see? From a Military perspective we can bomb your cities, burn your houses and simply hope we get ONLY the bad guys. But this doesn’t work. We have tried this in the past, and its not what we want for you.

    • Arabs are divided into Sunni and Shia and they fight each other on the basis of religion. We from the west, who are neither cannot choose to help one side or the other. We don’t understand the difference between these two sects. We don’t have to. That’s your business. We feel saddened that innocents have died but we cannot relate to the religious nonsense. Are Sunnis good and Shia’s bad or is it the other way around? There are a lot of atheists in the west, myself included. I despise all demonstration of religion (any religion). It only underlines what is different about people instead of underlining what is the same – the fact that we all bleed and often live in pain. How am I to get involved in your religious debates and wars? That’s for you to figure out on your own. When Paris was attacked, our entire way of western life was attacked. We can relate to that. Those people in the restaurants were not either Sunni or Shia – they were having dinner in a country that is not essentially Muslim. Why did they lose their lives? Because they are infidels? Is that not a description used by both Sunnis and Shias (radical Muslims) for us in the west? Don’t take it personally. We don’t understand your conflict, at least not as you do – we don’t have to. We just know that there is a lot of violence in your part of the world and it’s crazy and sad to us, but we can’t exactly relate to your reasons. How do you not see that? But we relate really well to the people of Paris who are not waging a religious war – who are just having dinner.

      • no one asked you to understand or relate to lebanese people because of religion. the point is exactly the opposite of that: being able to show some compassion to all the people in the world and not only westerns because you are western but because you are human at the first place and me as an arab muslim and you as atheist western share the fact that we experience happiness pain sadness in the same way. see it’s not about sunni or shia conflict which is more a political conflict than a religous one, but it’s us trying to understand each other not our respective faiths regardless of our backgrounds because at the end of the day the pain that will experience the lebaneese mum and french who lost their children on those attacks willl be exaclky the same. it’s not you seeing us as really culturally geographically far people but as human being like you. it’s not about the west against the east. and don’t forget what media says is often not reliable if there is a lot of violence in our world you should know that we also have enough love to compatise with paris beirut palestine bagdad ankara new york and so on

    • there is some true facts in what you are saying but on the other hand you also seem to forget or ignore facts of the arab muslim world. of course, at the end no one can blame you for not paying as much attention to the arab world, however you should know that if the arab world is in chaos today, if most of those cuntries have to deal with conflicts, it’s due to western policy in this region .

  285. Hisbollah is killing jews around the world and now whines when IS gives the Hisbollah a taste of their own medicine? That gives me a good laugh. Hisbollah created suicide attacks in the 80s and now hisbollah members are on the reciving end.

    i support any attack agaist the facist antisemitic hisbollah terror gang.

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  287. We think about you all the time. We think of Irak, Iran, of Libia and Syria, and we are utterly tired and feel hopeless. Momentarely I read a documentary book about the arabic ‘spring’, about how it all began and about the following events in the middle east. And it strikes me: we can not help, for when we help, we are accused of meddling in things we do not understand, and more bloodshed follows. When we do not help, we are accused ofd doing nothing, of not caring, as you and other critics say. You know, we often wish that your middle east countries would show the flagcolours of those arabic countries suffering from terror themselves every time, as we do for our neighbouring countries, and fort our wounded and dead relatives in Europe. That is the day I and many over here hope to see: all the middle east monuments in mournful colours for the bloodshed in arabic countries. We will follow, I promise you! For that will be the day that leaders of the middle east will know: enough is enough! But that does not happen, the middle east spring in Egypt has gone, and other arabic nations keep fighting religious and none religious tribewars and kill their own people. They rather fight and surpress people than take care of them.That is maybe why so many arabic fugitives seek safety in our countries. And do not be afraid: we WILL take care of them, a vast majority of us will protect them. For many of them tell us what they have gone threw in their now ruined cities, and grieve for their families. We look at the news, and understand.

    Yours sincerely
    Dutch citizen

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  289. I totally agree with the article and the opinions shared by so many of us. I’d just like to add something to emphasize something after having witnessed so much this past weekend. Growing up surrounded by Lebanese people who went through so many hardships and wars, endlessly listening to my parents’ stories about our family living through 12 years of terrorism in Algeria, and embracing the French culture of way of living for over 10 years now, I’ve come to see and share different perspectives. Unfortunately, the Lebanese people, and the Arab world in general, have been going through such atrocities and barbarism for decades now, long before social media took such an important place in our lives. I’ve always admired how the Lebanese in particular, similarly in a way to other Arabs of the Levant region, always stood up to those challenges, continuing to simply enjoy the life we so much cherish. The French are known for their “joie de vivre” around the world, especially the youth nowadays, and in particular the ones who go out every night in the districts that were targeted last Friday. They are now going through the phase of mourning, feeling anxious, scared, outraged,… But I also sense that the majority now get what’s so important and what probably was lacking before: togetherness, unity, solidarity, defiance, love, life,… Just a month ago, I marched in a demonstration in solidarity with the refugees who are fleeing the same barbarism that wrecked havoc on Paris. Similar to what happened in January, the majority of the population chose to respond wisely this time too, rather than react impulsively. The Arab youth probably paved the way for such response, long ago to probably to even realize that nowadays. The media generally choose to portray us in all the negative ways possible, but the people we know, whether of our generation or the past ones, have always had that joy of life to rise to such challenges. All we can do is stand united. Sharing that “joie de vivre”.

    • Thanks Moufdy, let us share this joyful togetherness. Let us try to promote our common joie de vivre. But my heart often bleed for Beirut… I have known a Beirut where you could feel so free, where you could buy any book that was published in the world… I cańt Forget that Beirut is a mosaic of creeds, of peoples , some friends there consider themselves as phenicians and not Arabs…
      Religions when they become associated with the quest for power, can be a nuisance. They should stay only in the sphere of spirituality and of privacy, to my mind … But I am afraid we still are a long way from that.

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  292. I totally agree with the article and the opinions shared by so many of us. I’d just like to add something to emphasize something after having witnessed so much this past weekend. Growing up surrounded by Lebanese people who went through so many hardships and wars, endlessly listening to my parents’ stories about our family living through 12 years of terrorism in Algeria, and embracing the French culture and way of living for over 10 years now, I’ve come to see and share different perspectives. Unfortunately, the Lebanese people, and the Arab world in general, have been going through such atrocities and barbarism for decades now, long before social media took such an important place in our lives. I’ve always admired how the Lebanese in particular, similarly in a way to other Arabs of the Levant region, always stood up to those challenges, continuing to simply enjoy the life we so much cherish. The French are known for their “joie de vivre” around the world, especially the youth nowadays, and in particular the ones who go out every night in the districts that were targeted last Friday. They are now going through the phase of mourning, feeling anxious, scared, outraged,… But I also sense that the majority now get what’s so important and what probably was lacking before: togetherness, unity, solidarity, defiance, love, life,… Just a month ago, I marched in a demonstration in solidarity with the refugees who are fleeing the same barbarism that wrecked havoc on Paris. Similar to what happened in January, the majority of the population chose to respond wisely this time too, rather than react impulsively. The Arab youth probably paved the way for such response, long ago to probably even realize that nowadays. The media generally choose to portray us in all the negative ways possible, but the people we know, whether of our generation or the past ones, have always had that joy of life to rise to such challenges. All we can do is stand united. Sharing that “joie de vivre”.

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  295. I feel your pain. As an american Beirut Lebanon is a long way away from my home. And you seem to live in a world with a lot of physical war. It is hard to appreciate the difficulty that it sounds like your experience is. But as a person who lives in a country where i feel physically safe for mine, my family, and my friends lives, and I have a general love for my fellow man…i wish you that safety and love in your life as well.

  296. Hello. I just wanted to tell you that you and all the peolple of your country are not forgotten! We pray for you everyday and try to help the people who arrive in Europe as much as we can. I know this might be not enough but we try to change some peoples minds. Much love and prayers from Europe!

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  299. I know so many people who do care about arab lives and those of other refugees. After work I give language lessons and so many people do. We must not give up to stand against those who speak of war and revenge. Your blog is very moving. All the best!

  300. The past few days I have been catching up on my reading. It started with Paris, and many people pointed out that with all our flagging and outburst of disbelief we “forgot” that Beirut suffered just one day earlier. And to be honest, I didn’t know. I didn’t see any Facebook notices, and I didn’t hear anything. I know a lot of people all over the world are hurting, dying, fighting, and it makes me sad. It alsof makes me sad that you think, and your people think, that you don’t really matter. I’m not politic, so I won’t throw myself in a discussion I am not well enough informed for.
    But I am human, I have family, friends. I have feelings of compassion, and every time I see images and read stories about these senseless killings I cry my heart out.
    So I am sorry. I am sorry that your people think they are less worthy, that you think you don’t matter. I am sorry that we are giving you these ideas, cause it isn’t right.
    Every innocent life counts, every human is a human, nothing more and nothing less.
    They to are mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, children, family, friends, loved ones, and I do really mean it when I say that they do matter.
    I wish the people who are doing these senseless killings would just paus for a moment, and would look in the eyes of the people they are about to kill, hurt, damage for life. I wish that they would see what is so obvious and so important: we are all people, and people shouldn’t be hurting or killing people….

  301. My heart goes out to the people of Beirut for their loss. I am so sorry that our country has not acknowledged that horrific event. It is a naïveté that Americans see the countries in the Middle East as all the same. It is also that many have a connection with Paris that they don’t have with Beirut. Know that many of us have you in our hearts and thoughts.
    May peace come to all of us

    • We,Who you dont think CARE for árab lives keep soldiers (Spanish ,french,italians,etc…) working and getting killed in Beirut trying to avoid Lebanese people
      Killing EACHOTHER.


      • “Some dead matter most than others…” who do you think on earth you are? A more human than those people out there who are living worst than dead people? Your this very statement describes the ultimate shallow personality and thinking of yours, not even sorry to say this.
        ..”we dont send our kids to explode bus”… ahhh wish you could read between the lines. It requires only a little knowledge of current and past affairs to get the idea of the whole damn thing. Wish you had sense enough not to see these muslim world as terrorists. Mam you badly need to learn why your so called US french italians n bla bla forces are losing their lives (little that i know), who are the very same reason for creating terrorism in the whole world.
        I wish you never get the chance to ever see your kid blown up in some terrorist activity, its easy to speak than to suffer. Better THINK before you speak.

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  304. I am just commenting on your interview with a popular canadian radio program ( as it happens). Mr.Fares, You made some very strong points, your message was clear and well delivered to a north american audience.

    Thank you so much

    British Columbia

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  306. I think I can only underline what Pamela has written. If you could only see the newsfeed on my facebook… Many people mention Beirut, and many people, instead of just “pray for Paris”, write “Pray for Beirut and Paris”. It’s not unnoticed, I assure you. Maybe by the governments and most public orginisations, but not by the people.

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  308. Of course everybody in the world cares about the victims in Beirut, we were shocked when we heard the news in our newspapers (nobody gives importance to Facebook or else) and we were also shocked about the victims in Turkey, and we are also shocked about that what everyday happens in Afganistan. But it´s normal that what happens in Europa touches more European people, so as what happens in Asia touches more the population in Asia and what happens in Australia touches the Australian people. It´s completely normal, that´s why I wonder why the carnage in the arabic world touches so little arabic people. Why do you accept that in the Middle-East the life of one singolar human beings is so little worth. It´s you who have to wake up in your spirit (and then to other people of your own continent) the Humanismus that was in the times of the renaissance a mark of the arabic philosophers and scientist. It´s every arab who has to love his life and not expect that other people do it. So I don’t understand why you separate arabic from european people. It´s all the same, and allover the world every one of us has to love his own life, as a wonderful gift, and respect it in himself and other people, independent of their religion, social or economic status, race or sex. Thanks…

  309. I’m very sorry for your feelings to be treated like a second class. I can understand your anger. It’s eaqually tragic for every human to die no matter where in the world they are from! Sadly it’s only human to have sympathy with the ones that are closest to you, with the ones you can identify with the best. It’s something else to hear a number in the news of people who died (as you hear everyday) or if you hear about hostages shot one by one while you’re zapping from one European TV station to another… I hope you can understand that! Anyway, I also dont think its fair.

    But I believe the only thing that matters now is, to make it a unite world! To fight all this hate with love. And to stop talking about borders. You’re right, there’s no reason why now and why not after Beirut, but the sooner the better. It’s important to make everyone realize that it’s not a problem of muslims but of a few monsters. Because hate against Moslems creates suffering for the eastern world and hate against the western world. In the end, this is what creates monsters and what makes the world a bad place.

    Stop the hateful comments! By not stopping you are on ISIS’s team without realizing it. We don’t need a war between the eastern and western world. We are a civilisation with values where a human life should be worth a whole world!

  310. Dear Elie,

    Muslim lives matter, Black lifes matter, Jewish lifes matter, Palestinian, American, French lifes matter, all lifes matter. All lifes matter the same! Yet people typically are more concerned about lifes lost closer to home, be it geographically closer, culturally closer or whatever. I guess that is just normal. Nevertheless I can understand your feelings expressed in your blog entry. I feel with you!

    But let me give you another perspective on the matter:
    Do you remember the people dancing in the streets in many towns of the muslim world when the Twin Towers in New York came down? Was Beirut one of them? Did you think of that when you wrote your blog? You probably were too young in 2001 to remember your feelings.

    Being German I would like to share with you one more thought that sits heavily on many a German’s mind even today: Germans committed probably the worst crimes against humanity ever some 75 years ago.
    In the aftermath there were and still are lots of people who found good arguments that these deeds were a natural part of German nature. Others argued and still argue the opposite: These deeds have been a total deviation from German nature and culture, the culture of Goethe, Beethoven, Kant. Do these 2 sentences sound familiar when you think of the discussions in how far Islam is responsible for the savage deeds of Al-Quaida or IS?

    Let me tell you how I personally deal with this black hole in German history: I do not feel guilty for what Germans did 1939 to 45, but I feel responsible to stand up whenever the lessons learned from these events are not followed anymore. That for example makes me stand up in support of Israel, when Muslim groupings threaten extinction and it makes me stand up in support of the Palestinian people when Israel takes away their breathing room.

    Why am I writing this? While I do not believe the faith of Islam bears responsibility for the horrible crimes committed in its name I feel very strongly that it is every Moslems responsibility to stand up against these deviations and push the religious and political authorities of the Muslim world to act. In the end the majority of victims of islamistic terror are Muslims.

    But I do not see this push in Moslem societies. Why?

    Let me grab one example only: The Shia/Sunna divide. It is one of the (many) problems lying deep under the turmoil of the Moslem world. And its influence keeps growing worse! Where are the Moslem masses who push the religious and earthly authorities of Iran and Saudi-Arabia to look for a way to settle this 1300 years old problem?

    Dear Elie, I don’t even know if you are Moslem, Christian, agnostic or what you believe in. But I mourn with you and the people of Beirut and Paris!



    • I agree with Klaus and I think it is imperative that the Muslim world must stand up against the violence. Any intervention from the West would be seen as an intrusion. We cannot fix the problems it must come from within, if not prepare for more death sadly.

      • While what you said is true, much was left unsaid.

        Islam commands its followers to spread the beliefs — to convert the “infidels,” as the rest of the world is called.

        The most devout Muslims are the strongest believers in the writings of their Prophet, so I consider them to be more likely to believe that extreme measures are justified … or even required — in the conversion process. If that’s so, then a Muslim who considers himself a moderate and wishes to have a stand-down from the violence may be seen as an enemy of the necessary process of spreading Islam. The act of denying all or part one’s faith is called apostasy. In Islam, it is punishable by death. It’s not like moving from Wisconsin to Florida when you retire. Death.

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  312. I stand with Beirut, your article is moving the masses and I hope it changes the Perception of the Middle East.
    From Nairobi, Kenya.

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  317. AUSTRALIA shares in your pain.
    The response to the French slaughter is because we have a bond with Europe that is generations long. Many Australians have deep roots in in Europe.
    Most of the western countries have been colonised by France England and other European countries. Also, the bond from 2 world wars. Where we fought side by side. It was a great achievement to create and maintain peace in Europe. Also, countries that were enemies now have a strong bond. Europe is an example of how peace can work. It was a shock to the world to have that peace rocked.
    Lebanon also should be honoured with peace as well, and develop a bond that will continue on the same path. If you felt you were is so sad. I know many in Australia who would not forget your pain too. They refused to only support France. We should have spoken up more. It is the same enemy we must all fight. Peace be among you. Sympathy to all those who lost family. A hero among you that surely will blessed and never forgotten.

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  320. Maybe Arabs should start thinking about killing in the name of their own religion… Look at the Arab peninsula or any other Islamic state… And please state which country believes in the freedom of its own people. Don’t pinpoint at Paris. Start changing the damn hatred in the Islamic countries. And maybe then you’ll get the same sympathy

    • it’s true a ot of arab governments don’t their people freedom, but you ignore is that the populations want freedom our governments don’t represent as the terrorists don’t represent 1.6 billion muslims those terrirists cold easily have chosen chritianity or communism or whatever ideology and use it in the same way. and because you are that much ignorant we don’t need your sympathy ..

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  322. As soon as I heard if the Paris attack I immediately thought of the Lebanon attack. Just watching the wall to wall coverage on BBC,ALJAZEERA,CNN etc..I realised the difference in how both of the situations were handled by the media.
    I feel for all those Killed in Beirut, yet you are asking do Arab lives not matter.? They don’t matter. You Lebanese think you are better than other Arabs especially poorer dark skinned Arabs you think you are almost like white European when you are not.
    You Lebanese are even more racist to other people such as Africans, filipono’s,Srilankans,Bangladeshis etc… Who do all the horrible jobs you don’t want to do! Many maids in homes are sexually physically abused by you Lebanese. Now you want sympathy from others! Well you are not going to get any from a lot of people. White Europeans and Americans see you as what you just Sand niggers put you all in the same category. They don’t see you as being white like them.

  323. I am a Christian and a US Citizen. I hold no grudge against any one of other faiths. I do not believe killing and wars will solve our world’s problems, but I did serve in the US Army and would fight to protect my homeland, just like anyone else would. Putting Faith, Country Citizenship, and prior Military Service aside, I hope I can speak as a human being which is the way I view other people, no matter where they come from or what they believe. Actions speak louder than words. If I judge others, I will be judged by the same manner. What the young father who was with his daughter worshipping at the Mosque did is way beyond what any human being should have to do to worship peacefully. His ultimate sacrifice saved others and the family of others. He really is a real hero, no doubt about it! I will pray for his soul, and his family and friends. I pray for peace. Only love will win over people, not war, hatred, persecution, etc. The Media will cover the worst in human behavior, no matter where it comes from. They want to ‘sell’ news. Advertisers know this and the news media sells it’s advertising space and makes all kinds of money at it. Plus people get upset when bad things happen. Honestly, I am on a break at work and just learned of this man’s sacrifice. I as a Christian, would have been honored to know this Muslim man and his family.

  324. hey someone. even if you might not read this comment – and though this must have been said already by anyone (sorry, I am just too lazy to read aaalll comments) – I would like to say to you, it is not because you’re not white and we don’t like you. but truely. it’s because these horrible attacks nearly never happen in a modern European country or in the North of America, whatever. that’s why all people in the world go crazy. and.. sadly but also true: people are tired, really really tired of news of attacks in states of Middle East, that’s why it seems we wouldn’t care for it any more. it has become “normal”, you know.
    and in fact, senator wannabe e. a. stern is a miserable mistake of manhood.

  325. You could change “Beirut” with “Jerusalem” and “Arab” with “Jewish” and this post would be just as true. For the first time, Israelis and Lebanese appear to be in the same boat. The irony…

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  328. It is a long comment with a few thoughts, i am a little bit sorry that i cannot express briefly:

    Is an Arabian life less worthy than a French, European means western one? Speechless and touched by the attacks on Beirut and Paris you came to the conclusion that the world spend more sympathy to the attack on Paris and attached no importance to the attempts on Beirut because the world doesn’t care. Do we not care? In context of the past attempts on Beirut, Bagdad, Aleppo, Teheran almost nobody can deny the sadly thoughts “Oh my good not again” only afterwards to go back to daily business. Sometimes a marginal note in newspapers or news no value for breaking news. To combine suicide bombers with the Arabian world is so much self-evident like the combination of football and beer in our world. We have become so desensitised to the violence that not happens in front of our own doors. If this statement is wrong, we as a society would have been probably more cared about things which happened in Lampedusa or our governments had dealt with the Syria conflict already three years earlier.
    Paris lies on our doorstep and shows Europe painfully that the conflict, the danger, the suicide bombers do not disappear not least because we try to ignore them. France has the same Western identity like Germany, Belgium or Italy. Well we German joke about French baguette, make fun about their language and cars and we are jealous on their savoir-vivre. But they share this Christian influenced socially value culture and they are our neighbours! Our deepest consternation is fuelled by the knowledge that our modern, wealthy society can whether completely protect nor seal off from these barbarian happenings in the Middle East although it seems to be so far away. Our way of life, our culture, our identity is a single goal of IS. And now we come to an important point: this concerns every western influenced culture you can find in US, Europe, Canada, Australia, New Zealand or in parts of South America or even Shanghai (explicit not China). Please correct me but no one else coloured its monuments e.g. in Asia or Africa (why should they).
    So in some way you Elie Fares are not wrong with your accusation. The pictures of Paris went around the world and the representative solidarity with them. Beirut and the attempt just one day earlier were left behind in the mind of people and media and were put off to a file which is named “one of many”.
    Is this legit? Yes. Is it appropriate or right? No. You are right. These are examples which are the wind in the sails of even those who increase violently the division between Muslims and Christians, Orient and Oxidant, the Western and the Arabian society. This is the kind of behaviour which is interpretable for the terroristic taste of IS: The disbelievers only care about themselves and just in second line maybe about the rest, their chosen “good Muslims”- or to exaggerate- the disbelievers do exactly that what they have done hundred years ago with other human beings on the African subcontinent, classified people as human being second class.
    This is not right and not true! But even though it is not completely wrong. Exceedingly few of us understand the Islamic religion or the “Arabian culture” in detail, except stereotypes. Exceeding few of us understand the history of clans and tribes, the conflict between Sunnites and Shiites, social fabrics of different states or its philosophies. After the longest time of peace Europe ever had, we are spoiled by it. And we cannot and sometimes we don’t want to understand these situations and religious conflicts although it happened in Europe exactly in the same way hundreds of years ago. Populations are prone to forget their own history and try to compare different cultures; Governments are prone to take these situations as they are because of their geo politics interests: Syria is a prime example; Lebanon between 1975 and 1990 as well.
    Yes we regard the world in the Near East and their habitants different. Because we live another way of life, we have another culture and maybe religious identity. We cannot deny this, everything else is a lie, to say you Elies are wrong is a lie. But in one fact your perception is not right: An Arabian life is not less worthy and most of the people do not think that. But you cannot force sorrow and sympathy let alone share it equitably. This is morbid, provoking and senseless. But you can remember the people and your own fellow men (for example with your words like these). When you are right with your impression that your own people submit in a role of penitent, so it is a symptom but not yet a Destiney. Believe me, I am a descendant of Hitler-Germany and we all know and understand this role and heritage. But you can fight against this symptom. It needs resistance and power and this typical stereotype of faith by all of you and us. Without faith and fight everything is lost. Even against a violent, revengeful, inhuman and blended Calafat of IS. And every day should someone remind of this and stand up, we stand up too.
    These are my thoughts and I am not able to speak in the name of everybody but with a view on good and bad sides of human history I am used to propagate my thoughts.
    Thanks for your attention Elie Fares and thank you for your thoughts.

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  330. There does not seem to have ever been peace in the Islam religion. With a sectarian war raging, a civil war raging, ISIS in the midst, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Nusra Front, The Free Syria army, and I can’t even name all the groups…how will there ever be Peace in the Muslim majority Middle East? The world would love that! The story is continuous, disastersous, old, costly in human lives, property, and largely a problem amongst Muslims, not because Westerners don’t care, but because we are hated even more when involved. So, when westernized countries fall victim to Islamic Extremists, you can be sure it will get more notice in our countries.
    That said, the gentleman who jumped on the bomber was an incredible hero. I’m sorry for the bombing, sorry it didn’t get more attention, sorry the Arab world feels slighted, but am glad to hear of that Father and his daughter’s valor and sacrifice. That’s what people won’t forget.

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  332. As a Christian, I believe all lives matter regardless of race,religion, gender etc. God loves all and we are called to do the same. I pray for peace, love and understanding in France, Lebanon, Isreal and anywhere there is hatred and oppression. Hopefully Canada can do its part to help in the Middle East as well as France. We have you both in our prayers.

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  335. Davis is correct. When the whole of middle east is full of rascal militias trying to kill each other, and moderate Muslims do not seem to care to replace them with democratic government of their own. Why would the rest of the world care much about the middle east? It is as if there is no life in the middle east unless some western power interferes! Such being the case, there is no doubt unwillingness on the part of the rest of the world to be sensitive to what is happening in the middle east on a routine basis. Paris incident is a one off incident. Enough of this ‘I am superior, or my religion is superior to other religions’ bull shit. It is this radicalism that leads to terrorism. These ideas have most certainly lead us to intolerance, and caused terrorism in thought and word over centuries, and now in action. My prayers to all dead in Beirut, Paris, New York, Mumbai, and the 150,000 innocent Pundits killed in Kashmir by terrorists.

  336. I live in Paris and while the violence here hits closer to home, I consider all of the attacks atrocities. France, Lebanon AND Russian victims, we mourn for you all.

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  338. Dear Elie,
    I thank you for the courage to speak your mind and express your emotions. Every life is the manifestation of God and nobody has the right to play with this.

    Irony is that all these atrocities are committed under the name of GOD / ALLAH / JAWHE, the same ONE GOD, by so-called “true believers”. The bastards of Daesh, or Hisbollah, or Al Qaeda or any other filthy group of criminals, which hide behind a religious sticker to commit their cowardly and barbaric acts, know very well that they will be punished in hell. They are the living proof that there is EVIL which we must fight every day.

    There is some truth in this when you believe “the media”, the unsavory courtisane of “the politics”, is playing to create division, anger and hate. It is their game and they make money from this. It is only us, the people, who can change the course of action.

    Only then we can have peace in the Middle East when every single life is seen as holy and sacrosanct, be it Lebanese, French, Palestinian or Israeli, Sunni, Shia, Christian and Jew.

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  341. As a french myself, I was shocked and saddened about the attack in Paris (where I don’t live) but couldn’t help thinking the same things as you. We had another attack previously in January and in the meanwhile Daesh attacked many other places and countries but reactions weren’t that strong. “Why do we care, it’s in Africa or Middle East, they always fight over there !” seems to be the reaction of media. It’s awfully true, we’re getting “used to” terrorist attacks but why the one in Paris is more awful than another ?
    Now, I think it’s too much and a bit unfair for all the other people in the world suffering because of Daesh. I think the international community (G20, UN) could have done more against Daesh long before Nov 13th but we let them get power and become bigger and bigger. I hope this time they’ll be able to do something… but it’s a difficult fight.
    Anyway, please remember that we have a heart and it doesn’t mourn only french people but all other victims in the world even if the media don’t speak about it. You pointed a problem that is probably related to the world history ; Europe and USA are still considered more important than other places. I hope it’ll change in the future but I’m afraid it will take long time before all the people of the world will be really considered as equals in all ways.

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  344. Reblogged this on The Spirited Soul and commented:
    In every situation life presents, there are always multiple perspectives to consider. These recent events in our world are on a huge scale, so much suffering. Thank you to this perspective from which I am reblogging here.

    In every encounter we have in life, large or small – be it family, friend, or foe – all perspectives matter…in every way, especially now. We are one big dysfunctional family in an ever-shrinking world. We need a major dose of group therapy if we are going all manage our coexistence.

    Before taking sides, after what likely are normal & natural reactions – along side anger, fear, anxiety, hurt, pain, distrust – we must calm & begin listening, hearing, seeing. Maybe it is naive, but it is my hope that ultimately we can allow caring & compassion to inform our decisions.

    Being part of a family is hard enough…7 billion brothers & sisters trying to survive on one little planet…terrifying.

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  351. Thank you for your thoughts. I for one do care about anyone who has become a victim of extremist violence and am deeply upset by this kind of news. I live in Canada and while we also have our share of people with extreme views, rarely do they translate into actual violent acts and when they do, the majority of us react in support of the victims. I also support any help we can provide to the refugees fleeing this kind of violence but I must admit when I heard about Paris I did feel fearful of even one of these ISIS fighters getting into my country. I suppose that is the goal – to elicit fear in us. But please be assured that this fear will never overcome my sense of compassion for what is happening in Beirut, Syria or anywhere else in the world.

    While I have muslim neighbours that I care about, I also have serious reservations about Sharia law and hope that the majority of Muslims understand that this kind of oppressive ideology must be seen for what it is – an excuse to perpetuate the oppression of other people with violence – and evolve beyond this kind of divisive thinking. It’s a big world with room for all of us to live peacefully, but only if we can all agree that each one of us is valuable – both men and women, religious or not, no matter what city and culture we live in.

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  353. Like · Reply · More · Tuesday at 11:05pm

    Patty Michaels
    I hear about lives lost every day…every time a suicide bomber selfishly decides to tragically affect losses to other families (and 99% of those murdered are innocent Muslims going about their everyday lives) it becomes all too familiar news. But the tragedy of Sudan, Darfur, the still occurring unbelievably everyday kidnappings of women and children by Boco Haram in Nigeria is absolutely heartbreaking, the human trafficking right under our noses here in the States. What I don’t understand is why ISIS continues to get recruitment of idiots when their use of alcohol and raping of the women they kidnap is well-documented, which is further proof that they are common criminals of no religion, smearing the name of Islam. Trust me, the world’s atrocities are well-known and felt by those who care, from as far back as the genocide in Rwanda and the scourge of war in Vietnam. We’re out there, people of action that care.

  354. I read your post with a open mind and a heavy heart for all who have lost their lives. Rest assured there are intelligent humans that see the whole picture. The real question is why does it have to be like this. You might be interested to read my blog, and contribute to a resolution.

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  356. Check, in order to understand the global – and local- situation, and development: , , , , , , , .
    The information there can help to open the eyes … it goes way beyond old creeds, beliefs, ideologies or dogmas. “For humane materialists”.

  357. (Allow me a polished Google translation)
    I can understand Elie’s outcry very well. Only his and everyone’s feeling is less “moral”, but rather “psychological”. It is not about racism, but – perhaps unfortunate – humanity.
    According to the laws of human perception we always have selective perception. One of the reasons why we select, in addition to previous experience, expectations or the shape of perception laws is the question of how close or familiar is to me what is perceived. And since I’m not, for many reasons, are closer to Beirut than Paris (my last name is also a reason). This means first of all, but no vote, only the ability or willingness to classify information of self-importance after. I know, for example, not whether there is a metro in Beirut. In Paris I often went with it.
    I have, for example, lived in Kenya for some time and visited 2013 with a study group 6 weeks prior to the Westgate attack the same building, a full afternoon. It would therefore be able to meet us as well. A young woman of my acquaintance has been killed then when selecting the wedding dress. Say: I am focused very strongly here. About the attack, the German media have reported quite, but (of course) not to the same extent as the nearby Kenyan. I would have liked there more, but understand why this is so. Outraged would me, if it had not been reported. On Wikipedia you can find this even has its own article; not a mere footnote.
    Now I ask you, Elie Fares – and all the others who rise up hastily and indignant: Elie, where you showed on Facebook on 24 September 2013, the Kenyan Flag? Are you – are all the others – now all racists because a black life is worth less than an Arab or “white”? No, you’re not. You take only selectively true. What may annoy you if you is even close and affected.
    We can do our best, of course, perceive also different, strange, best over the head if we familiarize ourselves (how it’s sayed in the Little Prince). If we look carefully, listen and travel there.
    Elie, you know that in Kenya people are dying every week by Islamist attacks and Suicide Bomber? Do you know Dabaab? Do you know that there in the biggest refugee camp in the world, the Kenyan government has lost control over 650,000 refugees and Al Shabab prevails?
    If you’re not a racist, then why did you choose your government not long ago invited to support Kenya, which is a Western-Christian country on the front line against terror financially? Our freedom and our values are under threat, and not only defended in the Hindu Kush, but also at the equator.

    Your outcry helped me anyway, my eyes too wide. Arab life are no less value. We take it easy only less true. But I realized that the death the Arab-Islamic terrorists of 13/11 was actually worth less than that of the bestial slaughtered hostages. And to my horror, I realized that I am by the death of the terrorists was pleased. Am I now Islamophob, racist? I do not think likely; I suspect that you as (Muslim?) Arab who you strictly reject the acts of violence were allowed pleased. This binds us together again.
    And you might comforting; that selective, distorted and narrowed perception, means not disrespect and disregard. Disrespect and disregard are there, unfortunately, but they look different.
    Kind regards
    Raimund (Pousset), Heidelberg, Germany

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  362. I am Lebanese too, and I understand why this is your perspective. But since when do we measure the value of our lives, or the significance of tragedies in Lebanon, in terms of Western media coverage and rhetoric? Don’t give the West, the White Man, or the Media that kind of power. Don’t ask for them to tell the world how important you are. The Lebanese don’t matter because the media says so; the Lebanese matter because they are human, too. Beirut, Paris, Baghdad, Nigeria, Egypt, Mali; and, earlier this year, Kenya (and Paris and Beirut again) — these are only some of the major crises experienced around the world. But these tragedies occur much more often than CNN has the ability to run 24/7 news coverage for weeks on end. The Western media doesn’t always blow up events situated in the East, because 1) it’s all relative to other world events; and 2) it will always address what is more relevant to the domestic front first — e.g., boko haram is not as high of a national security threat as ISIS, even if it is more lethal, because boko haram is contained in Africa, while ISIS just reached Western Europe. While the media may not collectively mourn those lives lost in the East in as big of a way as those lives lost in the West, the former matter no less. Value yourself, do your part in not perpetuating hate. Don’t wait for the world to tell you who you are or why or when you’re significant. You are important, in your own right. Arab or non-Arab, all lives matter. My heart goes out to all who were affected by these tragedies. I pray for all.

  363. I’m so sorry you feel neglected and hated by the nations. In the end times there will be wars and rumors of wars and the love of many will grow cold.
    It’s not about the numbers, or the timing, or the nationalities and ethnicities.
    Maybe these pictures help:
    I see a small child shot in the crossfire of gang violence. I see a newlywed couple dead en route to their honeymoon in a terrorized plane. I see death in places of peace and love. I see the next battle taking place atop a merry-go-round, a home far away from these places of war, in a nation not at war, not in battle attire, unarmed, yet dying.
    Every war is cruel and sad and many lose their lives in them, but the heartbreak over the unsuspecting innocent bystanders, being killed in a peace zone, is worth colored flag memorials.

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  365. I really want to see one of these stupid naive peace lovers come up and give an example of a plan of approach.. because it makes you feel sooo good to change your profile pic with the French flag and cry about it on FB, but what that FUCK are you gonna do about it?? you gonna love muslims until they change their religion? Islam has no fucking place in the heart of Christian Europe… There have been wars in the past.. if that is what you are mad about – start a fucking war now, but Im not living alongside an animal that looks like me, acts like me, but is a fucking rat on the inside… I dont want to fucking see your muslim churches here! I dont want to be fucking tolerant to others! Most people are STUPID, FOOLISH, NAIVE.. WHY WOULD I WANT TO BE TOLERANT? Make a fucking ladder so that educated people can climb it and the rest can rot below the ground (maybe we get some oil of it).. There are too many people in this god damn world and I dont want to be hugging no muslims to stay warm

  366. (Most likely) Mr some guy. Please leave me out when sending primitive vulgar postings like this. 7 times “fucking” – your hate based on a libido problem is public. Do you expect taken seriouslly by educated members of the human race?

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  380. Great piece and important words!

    I do want to add, however, that I find it very odd and unsettling that the same people, who during the Paris massacre, decried that people only care about Paris or some other “western“ city when terrorism strikes, and suddenly expressed support for Beirut, for example, but then never spoke of Lebanon again, don’t let out a peep of sympathy when it happens in someplace like Ankara or Istanbul, as it did today. During that time they were filling up their Facebook news feeds and Twitter pages with posts bashing others for not caring and yet here`s another attack but they`re no where to be found.

    I guess it`s just another hypocrisy we all have to live with. But I can`t help but feel p*ssed.

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  386. The Saudi Arabian government is behind the terrorists. As are Jews. The Arabs are killing their own as are Western governments. It is their way of destroying society so the governments can take over for the evil globalists. They are working on the globalization of the world and shoving totalitarian communism down our throats. No one mentions the persecution and torture of unprotected Christians, and of minority Muslims……the West has turned their backs on these groups.

  387. The Arab world is going to have to solve its own problems and decide whether it wants to join the rest of earth in the 21st century. I hate to be so callous, but it’s fact. The West is broke, no more money or desire to help. I like to think we’ve learned our lesson about intervention for the next fifty years after Iraq, which was the cause of lots of this. But I think it would have happened eventually no matter what; a small, extreme fringe minority of the Arab world wants to live in the 12th century and is willing to spill an ocean of innocent blood (whoevers) to do it, while the vast majority just want to live happy lives in peace. Until the majority stamps out the snakes in the grass, this region of the world will never know peace. I don’t believe for a second that these governments couldn’t do it if they were so inclined.
    My condolences to ALL casualties and lives affected by this half decade long bloodbath. Let it end soon.

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