I was planning a post around a book I’ve read the past couple of weeks, but then I was taken ill and I had to struggle to get through my school work and then… the Brussels attacks happened.
I didn’t believe the news when I first heard it. I once spent hooouuurs in that departure hall and I realized that in those hours, a similar attack could have taken place. Tuesday I also realized how quick everything can end; a group of fellow students were to depart Wednesday to Croatia. They were ‘lucky’. The hour of the attacks and their hour of departure the next day differed around 28 hours. Their faces were instantly pale when news spread about the attacks. We’re all going to London this May and we’ll all be using the underground. Should I be afraid our not? is a question that constantly pops up in my head. I refuse to change my habits because I think that then these terrorists win. But on the other hand, you don’t want to risk your life. It’s a tricky balance to walk on.
Tuesday I realized how horrible this must be for people living in countries where this sort of terrorism takes place every month or every week. The thought only chills me to the bone. And then, to make everything more dramatic, there were attacks in Iraq and Lahore, Pakistan too. You’d believe it’s an insane world we’re living in…
I think that we Europeans and ectually all others, whether you’re from Morocco, Rumania, Russia, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Pakistan or where ever, should unite and talk about a solution. Because it’s clear that in towns like Molenbeek and Schaarbeek there hasn’t been much talking. Instead of dividing ourselves, I believe we should unite ourselves. To me, that’s the only way we’ll change this situation.
I hope that no one of your family or friends has been affected by any attack and if they have, be strong and please try not to be hateful. There are solutions with a minimum of violence, and the challenge in this times will be to see and apply them.
I hope you all had a wonderful Easter Holiday!
(image taken from pusheen.com)
P.s.: after the attacks in Paris, I listened to ‘Iron Sky‘ by Paolo Nutini. I think what he sings makes sense. Have a listen: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQzZk69P69E
If you want to know more about the position of women in ISIS in Syria and Iraq, this is a book worth reading (Dutch):