Devastation in Paris

Julia Esparza, Editor in Chief

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On November 13th, Paris experienced terrorist attacks even worse than those that occurred during the Charlie Hebdo attack almost a year ago. Paris has been in a state of mourning since. The attacks on that day are understood to have been orchestrated by members of ISIS- a terrorist group at large in the Middle-East, and they arecontinually expanding its global influence.

The conductor of the attacks is said to be Abdelhamid Abaaoud. He is a man from Belgium that some believe entered the European Union disguised as a Syrian Refugee. This speculation has called into question the sanctity of allowing such a large number of immigrants-with largely unknown backgrounds- into country’s borders. Some voices have tried to push the US to enact stricter immigration policies and even temporarily bar all middle-east refugees from entering the US in the wake of the attacks in Paris. This is a policy that many other nations may instill.

The first of the attacks was a suicide bombing outside of a soccer stadium where the President of France had been attending a match. The other disastrous attack occurred at a theatre and ended in a suicide crisis. The attendees of the rock concert during that time were held hostage and were released after two suicide bombs and a fatal shooting. Several other shootings took place at various restaurants throughout Paris.

The deaths surpassed 130 and injured over 300 more. These assaults were one of the most devastating in Paris since World War II. Following November 13th, all members of the European Union began an international manhunt for the orchestrator of the attack. Additionally, President Hollande stepped up France’s military presence in Syria and has begun a campaign to ask other allies to do the same.

It is clear that the threat the Islamic State poses is not contained in the Middle-East or even the Eurasian continent. All countries are at a risk as the group grows more emboldened. It will be up to the world leaders to determine the course of action from here, but one thing is sure: something must be done or the risk of more civilian deaths will loom over the world.

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