• Max Fraser

Mourning Around the World


November 13th, 2015 will be a date that is remembered for years to come.

On Friday night, at around 5:20pm AST, the coordinated terrorist attacks commenced in Paris. This sent the city, and country, into a panic. Hours later, after the national state of emergency had been called off, it was released that there were 129 confirmed deaths, with potential for more as many are still critically injured.

The main attacks occurred at Le Bataclan (a popular concert venue), Stade de France (where an international soccer game was taking place), and two restaurants called Le Petit Cambodge, and Le Carillon.

The outpouring of support for the country has been tremendous, sweeping across popular social media websites, such as Facebook and Twitter. National news coverage continues and the citizens continue to mourn the tragedy.

In addition to the events in Paris, more terrorist attacks took place in Beirut and Baghdad.

Death totals have climbed to 43 and 19 respectively, with injury counts reaching 240 and 33 people respectively.

Many people questioned the lack of coverage from major news outlets across North America on these attacks. However, what they do not realize is that the media covered the “other” attacks in considerable detail. For example, The New York Times had many articles about the attacks. Perhaps why these people felt this way is that the attacks were not recognized by the “Twitterverse” or on Facebook to the extent they were with Paris.

Word of the Paris attacks spread much more quickly, thanks of likes of Twitter, Facebook and other social media websites.

Response to ISIS’s most recent attacks has been emotional and amped up. In fact, US airstrikes from November 12th destroyed 116 ISIS fuel trucks, and killed ISIS’s leader, Abu Nabil, on November 13th, the same day as the Paris attacks.

Not much is certain for the future of the war on terror, except that the conflict is increasing rapidly, and that terrorism itself is becoming an increasingly larger threat.