2015 has been a dreadful year, at least if you look at it from the terrorism angle. There have been over a hundred terror attacks in the past eleven months alone, if you are to believe websites such as Wikipedia or The Religion of Peace.
To shed some much needed perspective, we’ve combined a list of eight websites that you need to revisit:
1. To Any Would-be Terrorists, Naomi Shihab Nye
“I am sorry I have to call you that, but I don’t know how else to get your attention. I hate that word. Do you know how hard some of us have worked to get rid of that word, to deny its instant connection to the Middle East? And now look. Look what extra work we have. Not only did your colleagues kill thousands of innocent, international people in those buildings and scar their families forever, they wounded a huge community of people in the Middle East, in the United States and all over the world. If that’s what they wanted to do, please know the mission was a terrible success, and you can stop now.
Because I feel a little closer to you than many Americans could possibly feel, or ever want to feel, I insist that you listen to me. Sit down and listen. I know what kinds of foods you like. I would feed them to you if you were right here, because it is very very important that you listen.”, writes Naomi.
2. This tumblr post from the blog of a 25 year old.
“I live in the middle of it. 19 people died in front of the bar I go drinking twice a week, and my friend the barmaid was hidden behind the bar for two hours. One of my best friend lives rue Bichat and heard the gunfire from his window. I know a family trapped in stade de France. I should have been drinking in Republique at 8PM yesterday, where they started shooting.
Yeah I get it. We are freaking out.
But please, stop spreading only the bad stuff.”
3. Why some international tragedies become big news — and others don’t, Mark Porubcansky
“Seventeen people died in Paris. Initial reports put the death toll in Baga as high as 2,000. Both attacks were carried out by Islamic militants. Yet, as a number of critics noted, there was no "Je suis Charlie” moment for Baga. And while the Paris attack dominated the news cycle for several days, there was comparatively scant coverage for Nigeria.
Why? Is it that we just don’t care?“
4. Are All Terrorists Muslims?, Dean Obeidallah
"What percentage of terror attacks in the United States and Europe are committed by Muslims? Guess. Nope. Guess again. And again…”
5. How Should Teachers Discuss Terrorist Attacks In Schools?, Elizabeth Whitman
“It wasn’t until a year or two ago that Leigh Campbell-Hale found herself having to explain the events of Sept. 11, 2001, to her students. Before then, "you didn’t have to say much about it,” the 60-year-old history teacher at Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado, said. “The kids remembered seeing the planes go into the towers.”“
6. Was It a False Flag?
"Presidents, Prime Ministers, Congressmen, Generals, Spooks, Soldiers and Police ADMIT to False Flag Terror.”
7. The 5 Deadliest Terrorist Groups on the Planet
“You are more likely to be struck by lightning than killed or injured in a terrorist attack.
This is the type of rhetoric that is often used to calm the public when the national threat level is increased. Although the days of the color-coded ranking system from the Department of Homeland Security are long gone, the U.S. government is still quick to warn the public when there are credible reports of an upcoming terrorist plot against Americans.”
8. This Must-Read book on “The BrotherHood of The Red Nile”