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What might happen after the gruesome terrorist attack in Paris

Updated on January 9, 2015
A man with a copy of satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was the target of the terrorists
A man with a copy of satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo, which was the target of the terrorists

The danger of far-right political movements

Such an attack is the last thing an Europe already shaken by the advance of far-right political movements needs. In a period in which ethnocentric ideology of the extreme right is spreading force in the masses, and fear of strangers is built on superiority of group, ethnicity, religion, the tragedy in the heart of Paris is likely to quickly fertilize land of isolationist and conflicting options. The problem is that from the conflict extremists, moderates which still are the majority will only have to lose.

The result? Instead of a global society of progress where we are circulating free, where we start to understand each other, we could return to the situation of prisoners of isolated islands, anchored deep in the mud of prehistoric retrograde mentality where we judge values of others only in relation to their own culture which seems obviously the single criterion for assessing the true values.


In middle ages Inquisition have some practices which these days would seem barbaric.
In middle ages Inquisition have some practices which these days would seem barbaric.

Christianity is an evolved religion, compared to Islam

Ethnocentrism produces monsters in both Muslim and Christian world. If globalization is now a certainty, although population movements entailed, we must take into account the simple reality that on any territory can live together, sooner or later, people of different ethnicities, sharing religions at different ages.

300 years ago, blasphemy was punishable by death in France and the Inquisition burned them at the stake as heretics. Centuries passed, and Christianity evolved to the point where today there is no longer any organized fanatical movement to kill in the name of Christ. Islam has not yet reached this stage. And this is the reality of today's world in which we live.

In the XXI century are committed terrible crimes in the name of Islam or rather a misinterpretation of the religion of minority groups, but not insignificant people. There are entire libraries already written about the causes of radicalization in Muslim regions poorer or richer, but also in European countries with significant Muslim minorities. Beyond these cases, the reality catching up and they show us a very simple thing: if we fail to moderate relations between us, if we open the doors of the false prophets of hatred on all sides, we risk irreversible change our way of life.

Which option is the best?

We could defend the absolute freedom of expression, but such a goal is not only a hypocritical pretense. Such absolute freedom does not exist. Today we have laws that punish, for example, anti semitic deviations. And these rules have emerged from a human tragedy that occurred 70 years ago. Nowadays human tragedies occur. And we must find solutions to moderate, to reconcile differences to prevent dangerous escalation of conflicts on a civilizational scale.

As much disturbed are idealistic voices, harsh reality of today's world is that in cosmopolitan Paris or cosmopolitan London, can live on the same floor people for who religion is a relative matter and people for which religion is the essence of existence. If the two do not find a common ground in which to meet, to respect each other, learn about each other and grow together, conflict is inevitable.

The world is constantly changing and civilization wins just by inventing formal or informal rules, dedicated to new realities. The alternative is ultimately simple. We recognize this situation and we better regulate the cohabitation of common area or clam absolute rights and freedoms, assuming an ethnocentric bloody conflict. All of us has this choice. Soon, no one will be spared for such an option.

People is in solidarity with the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo after the terrorist attack.
People is in solidarity with the French satirical weekly newspaper Charlie Hebdo after the terrorist attack.

Conclusion

I personally prefer the first option because this way there is a chance that the ages of the two religions to equalize and Muslim fanatics to be isolated, to be fewer and disappear over time, as happened with fanatical Christians. The second option, the conflict will only isolate us in our tight spaces, fueling religious warlords power of all the evil that causes it.

If after the terrorist attack in France will win other extremists, possibly far-right groups and politicians, war is already beginning to be lost by us all moderate, peace-loving and understanding, which we are already casualties.

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    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicu 

      3 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      Greensleeves Hubs , I agree with you, moderate people should fight against extremism of any kind.

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      Greensleeves Hubs 

      3 years ago from Essex, UK

      An interesting and thoughtful article Nicu. There is this problem in open societies where freedom of expression exists. Freedom of expression and freedom of speech also means freedom to be offensive and freedom to be extreme in one's views. Events such as those in Paris can lead to two possible reactions, as you are aware:

      It can lead to polarisation of belief in which extreme organisations gain support within their own communities (in this case, fanatical Islamists gather support from disaffected youths within the Muslim community, whilst fanatical right wing organisations gather support from those who fear alien cultures imposing themselves on moderate European culture.)

      But it can - when violence intrudes on to everybody's life - create a backlash in favour of moderate attitudes. That happened in Paris last week. The extraordinary goodwill in the aftermath of the attacks led to an unprecedented expression of popular support for free speech, and for unity between different belief systems.

      It is up to every moderate person to ensure that the groundswell of moderate, tolerant thought combined with respect for free speech, overwhelms extremist attitudes. As writers on HubPages, we can all contribute to achieving just that. Alun

    • Romanian profile imageAUTHOR

      Nicu 

      3 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      ladyguitarpicker , I agree with you, we have to do something to stop innocent people being killed.

      amazmerizing, I'm happy to read your feedback.

      grand old lady, thank for your appreciation.

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      Mona Sabalones Gonzalez 

      3 years ago from Philippines

      You have been brave to take on such an incendiary topic for your article. I agree with what you say. Well done!

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      amazmerizing 

      3 years ago from PACIFIC NORTHWEST, USA

      It is really hard for me to try to comment on things taking place in other countries... not only are they outside my sphere of understanding culturally but also our governments differ greatly and what may be norms and mainstream in the USA may not be there, and vice versa... But a very intellectually stimulating read! ;)

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      stella vadakin 

      3 years ago from 3460NW 50 St Bell, Fl32619

      Hi, a great hub that will make people think twice about terrorist attacks. I think its time to get harder and use force to stop these attacks on countries even if some innocent people will die. This has to stop now. Yes, the world has changed and so should we.

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      Nicu 

      3 years ago from Oradea, Romania

      Oztinato, thanks for your comment, I agree with you.

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      Oztinato 

      3 years ago from Australia

      This bizarre phenomena may indicate a culture shock syndrome. The world has changed rapidly over the last generation and the net has had unexpected consequences. This is not an apology for barbaric terrorists but an insight into how some unstable people are cracking up.

      High lead and other pollution can also cause people to suicide and go crazy.

      It is very likely a huge major cataclysm will occur such as a nuclear disaster triggered by terrorists.

      The mutual threat will certainly unite races and people.

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