The world is in a state of mourning after the events of last weekend. Paris was attacked on three fronts by terrorists who had clearly accepted their own fate, and who proceeded to mercilessly slaughter innocent people at various locations. These locations included:
- The Stade de France football stadium, where France was playing against Germany, and which the president of France, François Hollande, was attending.
- The Bataclan theatre during a rock concert, and where many of the victims found their unjust death.
- A series of restaurants and bars across the city.
ISIS have since claimed responsibility for the attacks, claiming that "eight brothers wearing explosive belts and carrying assault rifles" orchestrated the "blessed attack on ... Crusader France." In their message, published in Arabic and French, they also stated that the attacks were a consequence of acts of violence conducted against them by the French military.
The evil attacks in Paris were the most recent of many conducted globally, most of which have not received the attention they truly deserve. Places such as Syria, Baghdad and Lebanon have also suffered horrific tragedies in recent weeks.
The New York Times recently compiled data on the locations of confirmed or supposed ISIS attacks; although this information isn't new, it's certainly shocking to behold.
When you think of Paris, please think of the rest of the world. When you change your Facebook profile picture to offer your support in the wake of this tragedy, please remember that this outrageous act of evil is nothing new, and that there are many more just like it happening globally, every day.
The World Stands United
Although nothing can truly repair the scar that that is left on Paris, people from across the planet have raised their voices to let the people of Paris know that they are not alone. In fact, over 70 million individuals voiced their support on Instagram alone, with many others flocking to Twitter.
Through use of the Internet, the world has rallied behind the people of Paris, as we stand united with a common goal.
Whilst Paris stews in mournful silence, the world has opted to show their solidarity; the people of France are not alone, and we will not remain silent after such a horrific tragedy.
Superhero Celebrities Unite and Shine a Light in the Darkness
In a show of solidarity and respect, celebrities who are known for their superhero roles have taken to the Internet to show their support for the people of Paris. Truly the world is united in a common goal. Despite the brutality suffered by Paris, it seems some are shining a light into the darkness.
Grant Gustin: The Flash
Chris Pratt: Star-Lord
Mark Ruffalo: The Hulk
Chris Evans: Captain America
Hugh Jackman: Wolverine.
Mark Hamill: Luke Skywalker
Clark Gregg: Agent Coulson
Ming-Na Wen: Agent May
Chandler Riggs: Karl Grimes
Norman Reedus: Daryl Dixon
Jon Bernthal: The Punisher
Caity Lotz: Black Canary
Jared Leto: The Joker
Cara Delevigne: Enchantress
Lee Pace: Ronan the Accuser
Dwayne Johnson: Black Adam
Michael Rooker: Yondu & Merle Dixon
Vin Diesel: Groot
Will Smith: Deadshot
With those who play the roles of superheroes raising their prolific voices, it's clear the world is united behind a common cause. Paris is mourning in the wake of unspeakable tragedy, but the world is rising up in their support.
We must remember that the entire world is in pain; there have been attacks in more than just Paris, and it's important that we share our thoughts and words of support for all the injured, suffering and mourning people across the globe.
Our thoughts are with the dead and and the mourning in the aftermath of tragedy. Stay strong Paris, Syria, Lebanon, Baghbad and any who have lost love ones. Our thoughts are with you.