Just over a week ago Paris was the scene of a terrible tragedy. I've struggled with if and how TravelBlog should respond, now that a little time has passed I hope that these sentences express collectively our sentiments.
We've all felt a tremendous amount of grief and sadness - the victims of this attack were just like us, out at concerts, restaurants or football matches, places that they felt safe. We respect and admire the way the people of Paris have responded.
We want to remember that in recent months many other terrible attacks have also happened. In Lebanon, Nigeria, Iraq, Mali, Egypt and more. A more complete list is available at Wikipedia
We have travelled collectively to every country, we have met good kind people of every nationality, religion and race. The evil people who perpetrate these attacks do not represent anyone but themselves.
We know that the vast majority of refugees fleeing places like Syria are trying to get away from violence and terror, from people that think attacks like those in Paris are justified. They are just trying to find a place where they and their families can be safe.
Stay safe on your travels.
[Edited: 2015 Nov 25 17:20 - Ali:1 - typo]
Well said. Thanks for responding for our community.
Well said my friend....good people seeking safety.
I'm proud to be part of a community that responds to a situation such as this, with the attitude you've expressed in the above statement.
Well done Ali.
Perfectly said Ali, thank you
Your wise words are well placed and well timed Ali.
I feel we can contribute in various ways.
As music is a healer, I opened this thread for songs from France or in French in the World Music Forum:
"VIVE LA FRANCE...JE T'AIME. Terrorism shall not rule. Support the French. Post your musical tributes here."
Hope it can bring some solace and support for the French in this way.
Sylvia and I have been to Syria twice and found the people there wonderfully friendly and welcoming. We are so sad and angry with what is happening there now.
Thank you, Ali, for your comment.