What is it about Paris that is most alarming tonight? As we mourn the dead, pray for the families and express our solidarity with the sorrow of the world’s most loved city, there are similarities that should send a chill down our spine. What appears as a strong thread through Paris also has the potential to reach Berlin. Or London. Or just about anywhere else in the free world.
It is sad but time to realize that the politically correct bubble has burst long time ago – it burst when when some issues were deemed more fashionable than others and pushed to the front. In the same guile imagination that thinks a show that relies on sex and nudity to ‘express’ the lives of young women in a big city “Girls” to the one that still likes to nourish the notion that inter-faith as a platform truly works. Inter-faith dialogues don’t work with people who believe their way is the only way. It doesn’t help them change their view – instead, they will try all they can to push their viewpoint in.
The Judeo-Christian heritage of the West, the Biblical values that built America, the strong work ethic that made the West the world’s best, is slowly but surely eroding. Multi-culturism as a concept has failed and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to realize that. There never has been a better time than now to enforce those ethics ad empower and engage the young to discover the values of that heritage so that at least, they can be spared the likes of ISIS.
There are certain principles we are expected to live by – not all bridges are meant to be crossed. Women must be empowered yes but not to take over the man’s world. The underprivileged, the under-represented and the under dog all have their day – but there will always be limits. No one promised us a perfect world of perfect justice. Some, such as the radical Islamists, will never see the viewpoint of the rest of the world. They will never be included – and the sooner we understand that, the earlier this menace will stop.
Calling a spade by a politically correct name will not take us anywhere. Yes it is the 21st century but the principles that have governed this universe haven’t changed in the name of progress. Too much of anything is not good for anyone.
As concerned as we should be for the Syrian refugees streaming into Europe, we should also be more vigilant. Although the pictures of a dead little boy lying on a beach tag at our heart strings, we must take decisions with our heads. The pictures of the streaming refugees mostly show restless young men with smartphones who don’t fit the bill for refugees fleeing a war – are they being planted in Europe as sleeper agents so that more bombs can go off? Where are the checks and the balances?
How many more bomb attacks must the world endure at the hands of the Jihadists before the lessons are learnt? As we pray for the families, the victims, the injured, we need to ask ourselves the question, have we learnt anything tonight?