Does anyone truly believe that violence can lead the world to a better place?
There can be only one reason for the attacks in Paris and that is to draw the West into increased military action in the Middle East, and from the sounds of it, that has been the call from many people today.
To those whose answer to the bombs and bullets is bigger bombs and more bullets, I would say you are being manipulated in the same way as the ignorant deluded handful of people who carried out these attacks.
How can you claim to be on the side of right when you use the same methods – go to a foreign country and kill innocent people?
How can you speak of national security and protecting your borders as you invade other countries?
How can you claim to be protecting human rights as you bomb hospitals?
How can you claim to be fighting for freedom as you lock up the people fleeing from oppression?
We have removed countless despots and dictators but rarely has it gone well. We install corrupt governments or leave when it becomes politically inconvenient to stay and leave people to cope with the mess we leave behind. We train and arm paramilitary groups and then abandon them and show surprise when they team up with others we don’t care for.
The armaments industry is a huge global business with no ethics. Defence forces are empire builders who demand hundreds of billions to ‘keep us safe’ as they spark aggression around the world.
If you kill people, others will want revenge. Where does it stop?
Is humanity capable of civilisation? Capable of tolerance? Capable of accepting the responsibility of caring for and nurturing all children, educating them, and protecting the environment so they can have a future?
Billy Connelly used to do a skit about his mother belting him for hitting his sister. Are we to respond to violence with violence and see ourselves as saviours?
Until we learn to respect each other and the planet we share, we are doomed to let those who would use us for their own power and profit pull the strings.