Last night, the world reeled in horror as coordinated attacks by terrorists believed to be with ISIS were successful at six locations in Paris. It is, without a doubt, horrendous!
This morning, I awoke to many of my Facebook friends having changed their profile pictures to one with an overlay of the French flag. And because I haven’t, I have been asked by more than a handful why it is that I haven’t followed suit.
My answer is simple: Because as devastating as yesterday’s events were, if I was to add the French flat overlay on my profile picture, it still wouldn’t address what’s wrong with those who terrorize others.
It wouldn’t show support for the 43 people killed and over 200 people injured in Beirut in a terrorist attack believed to be by ISIS the day before the Paris tragedy.
It wouldn’t show support for the Russian charter Metrojet Airbus (it had just departed Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt) that crashed killing all 224 people aboard which is believed to have been caused by ISIS.
All these attacks happened this month, and ISIS has claimed responsibility for all these attacks.
And it wouldn’t show support for those countries whom ISIS continues to target, and those countries whom ISIS says it will be targeting.
So rather than use peer pressure in trying to force me to use the French flag overlay on my Facebook profile picture, perhaps it’s time that we took a stand and did something about what’s going on. Instead of expressing shock and horror from a safe distance through armchair advocacy at the click of a button, make your advocacy and outrage count.
Don’t just offer digital condolences. It’s time to do something about all these ISIS attacks.