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On November 14th, there were 43 people killed and another 250 injured from a blast in the city center of Beirut, Lebanon. January 30th, and 86 people were burned to death when their huts were firebombed outside Maiduguri, Nigeria. On February 17th, 28 people were killed and over 60 injured when a car bomb struck a military convoy in the center of Ankara, Turkey. On February 21st, 83 people were killed in morning rush hour traffic by a series of explosions.
Continuing: March 7th, 60 Iraqis killed when a truck bomb slams into a security checkpoint. March 14th, 37 people were killed and another 70 injured in Ankara, Turkey when a car bomb struck the capital city. March 26th, 41 people died at a soccer match when the suicide bomber detonated his vest at the trophy ceremony. March 27th, at least 70 killed and almost 300 injured when another suicide bomber detonated outside a park in Lahore, Pakistan.
Do we really only support countries that appear on your Top 10 Places to Visit list? Is it so simple that we only get worked up when the people who’ve been attacked look more like a Mentos commercial than Sally Struthers’ CCF spot? Brussels didn’t even get a fraction of the coverage we saw during the Paris attacks, not to mention the attacks in the other non-European countries. I’m assuming it’s because your average Joe can’t disconnect Brussels the country from Brussels the sprouts. How legitimate can we be in the “War on Terror” if we turn a blind eye to terrorism that only kills people who are darker than Wonder Bread? How can we effectively fight terrorism when we don’t even acknowledge the attacks that occur in countries most can’t identify on a map?
Terrorism will continue and will succeed in recruiting more to its cause(s) the more we close our eyes to the reality that it’s a daily occurrence in some parts of the world. And propagating the narrative that European countries are our only concern, with regards to the effects of terrorism, is even more damaging. It’s almost like someone ignoring the cancer on their toe because the cancer on their face is taking up all of their focus. Either way, you have to address the lethality of both, no matter how unpleasant they are. Terrorism, like cancer, will spread when ignored.