Parisian Terror Takes the World by Storm

Gabby Tropp ‘16
EE Senior News Editor

paris-peace-sign.jpg.This past week a terrorist attack in Paris killed at least 129 people. ISIS has claimed responsibility for this attack, also saying that it was not an isolated incident. To many this event is viewed as a second 9/11. The global community was immediately involved, with most people hearing about the incident on social media. Friday night a peace sign with its center replaced by the Eiffel Tower went viral, and it became a symbol of the world standing with the victims, their families, and the entire country. Important landmarks around the world were lit in blue, white, and red vertical stripes like the French flag to honor those who lost their lives or their loved ones.

    France reacted to this attack very quickly. The French president declared a state of emergency which may last two months or more, and temporarily shut down the borders of the country. Since then they have opened their borders again, but there is a security check for anyone seeking entry. Additionally, the French have redoubled efforts to fight ISIS in Syria, using more air strikes to target the ISIS capital of Raqqa, a training camp, and other important sites.

    However, these attacks have unleashed a new wave of fear across the world, especially for countries taking in Syrian refugees, as it is believed that some of the jihadists involved in Friday’s attacks slipped into France along with other refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war. The United States is feeling that fear and that possible threat very acutely. More than half of the US has refused to take in a single refugee. Connecticut Governor Dan Malloy has agreed to continue accepting Syrians, a choice in accordance with President Obama’s plan for our nation. Congress is completely opposed to this plan, and the House of Representatives just passed a bill by a landslide that would make the United States’s already stringent requirements for immigration of refugees even more harsh. Should it pass by the same proportion in the Senate, the President’s veto would be overridden, and the US would have very little ability to give refugees the asylum they seek.

    These attacks have shown the world that something needs to be done about ISIS, and quickly, but without starting World War III, action strong enough to fight this threat would be nearly impossible.


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