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Paris' Eiffel Tower does not stand alone

Editor: Li Kun 丨CCTV.com

11-16-2015 15:45 BJT

By Zhou Dongyao, Researcher, Center for World Affairs Studies, Xinhua News Agency

Nov. the 13th, a real Black Friday!

While Europeans were preparing to enjoy the second weekend of November, an elderly French woman from the rural countryside said, "Well, again it's  Friday 13, I'm not going anywhere!"


Then at ten o'clock at night, she saw the news on television. Paris was under attack again by well-coordinated shootings and bombings reaching an unprecedented scale with large casualties.

That evening, many Parisians and Europeans could not sleep as some families were immersed in grief from losing loved ones!

According to French statistics on Nov. 15, the death toll had risen to 129, while more than 250 were wounded. French President Francis Hollande declared a state of emergency nationwide, calling it an act of war.

This is the bloodiest terror attack in 40 years in Europe, causing the most deaths and casualties, since 191 people were killed in the Madrid bombings in March 2004. The media called it the "9/11 of Europe". Militant Islamist extremists of the "Islamic State" have claimed responsibility for the terror.

The world was shocked by the time, place, scale and consequences of the terrorist attacks. Were they not premeditated and carefully planned, they would not have brought such a shock.

Meanwhile, leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20) have gathered in Turkey on Nov. 15 to16 for the tenth annual summit. Additionally, the annual United Nations Convention on Climate Change is scheduled to start on Nov. 30 in Paris.

More than 190 countries and regions will participate in the climate change conference, with over 80 heads of state or government attending.

The massacre has directly impacted the two meetings: Hollande announced he would not attend the G20 summit, since the nation's anti-terrorist campaign will top the agenda.

The Paris attacks are related to the current situation in the Middle East. After Russia's air raids in Syria, Western countries have stepped up intervention efforts. The "Islamic State" is facing multiple pressures.

They are eager to fight back. In Europe, and there are many loopholes for them to exploit to launch attacks. Allegedly, the Russian plane crash in Egypt on Oct. 30, and the attacks in Paris are the results of frenzy revenge by the "Islamic State." Islamist terrorism has become regular security threats to Europe.

There are traces linked with the "Islamic State" organization behind these events. Some were masterminded directly by the reflux personnel from Syria who have participated in the "jihad."

According to Europol, over 3,000 Europeans have joined the “Islamic State,” and among them are 900 from France, with more than 100 having returned to their homeland.

Western countries have long interfered in the Middle East in recent years, especially by sparking the "Arab Spring," which has caused chaos and wars. War refugees and terrorist forces, in turn have wrought tragedies upon Western nations.

The Paris terrorist attacks are connected to the refugee crisis. More than 700,000 refugees have poured into Europe this year alone, the largest wave of refugees in Europe after World War II.

The influx of so many illegal immigrants flooding into Europe and the discrepancies on treating the refugees have allowed terrorists to migrate into Europe.

Terrorism would be an agony to human society in the long run because we lack a global consensus on counter-terrorism, which results in ineffective actions.

However, justice remains stronger than evil and people should not be intimidated by terrorists. The climate change conference will be held as scheduled.

The whole world, including Shanghai and other metropolises, have shown support for Paris by lighting up their landmark buildings with red, white and blue, colors of the French national flag. The French have friends all over the world, and the Eiffel Tower does not stand alone.


( The opinions expressed here do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Panview or CCTV.com. )



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