“The deadliest attack on its soil since World War II”. That was what many said about the three conspired attacks against the French in the heart of Paris, France on November 13th, 2015. One was a bombing outside a stadium, another was a shooting at a restaurant, and the last was a hostage attack during a U2 concert. Over 130 people died in the attacks that evening and dozens more were killed in various raids throughout the city in the following weeks. ISIL (ISIS) has claimed responsibility for the attack.
In response to the attacks, the borders of many European countries were closed to Syrian Refugees and quite a few American governors denied refugees from coming into their respective states (many of which are red states). However, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush suggested that Christian refugees be allowed into the country instead. As Stephen Colbert joked on The Late Show: “The question of whether to let Syrian refugees into the country has become the new political issue, completely overshadowing the old political issue: whether to let Mexicans into the country.”
Congress eventually passed the American Security Against Foriegn Enemies Act (ASAFEA), a bill that required stricter background checks for Iraqi and Syrian refugees to make sure that they were not threats to the country.
Meanwhile, the world was devastated. After the attacks, support from within the city and outside the city poured into France. Taxis within France were turned off to help fellow Parisians get home safe. For those who were too afraid to go home, social media blasted with the hashtag #portesouvertes (open doors) to offer those in fear a night of stay in others’ homes. As for the rest of the world, #prayforparis was also used as a form of expression throughout social media networks. Key landmarks were also filled with projections of the French flag in support of France, such as the Sydney Opera House. Rio de Janeiro’s Christ the Redeemer, and the Empire State Building. Memorials were laid outside the areas where the attack occurred.
Musicians have united to honor the fallen with music. Davide Martello played John Lennon’s “Imagine” on the piano he brought 400 miles over to Paris. His piano (which had a peace sign on it) and his soulful playing attracted a small crowd outside Bataclan theatre, one of the three sites that were attacked. candles were still laid on the sidewalk.
World leaders have offered support for France and called for meetings to plan a military strategy for ISIL. President Obama has called the attacks “…an attack not just on Paris, it’s an attack not just on the people of France, but this is an attack on all of humanity and the universal values that we share.” France’s President Hollande has called the attacks “an act of war, committed by a terrorist army Daesh, an army of Jihadists, against France.”
Since then, bombs have been dropped on ISIS territory, eventually killing the ringleader of the Paris attacks. Multiple groups have waged digital wars on ISIS, such as Anonymous. In addition, a summit has been held in Turkey for world leaders to discuss military strategy, and all the while, France has tried to resume normal life.