The day when they killed
caricature caused a wave of shock that went all around the world. It caused a
deep cry of protest, despair and fear…and solidarity. It shook the walls of all
our cultures. Where are we heading?
We cannot sit back in our
comfortable chairs and shake our heads in wonder. I have been reading comments
by writers, journalists, philosophers and politicians flooding in hourly and
now that the first shock is over and the terrorists have been delivered to
where their victims are, the comments
and articles are becoming more and more thoughtful realising that hate and
revenge will bring us into a very dangerous situation. Comments like …. ‘It has nothing to do with Islam’…. ‘All
religions are dangerous’ ….they even recite Dalai Lama saying…. ‘Sometimes I
wonder if religions are not redundant’ ….….’i am charlie, and i am
ahmed, and west, and east, and christian, and muslim and much more. and
everything the human race contains, whether good or bad, i contain multitudes
within myself, for i am made of the same cloth... etc. maybe the way
out is not to reject and externalize, but to own and internalize....’.
The terror waves have reached our coasts and have
shaken many people awake, they are getting close and closer and that the waves
have hit Paris, one of the high culture cities with democracy and freedom of
mind firmly established. Something is definitely going wrong in our world for
more than a decade now. Who will be next?
The question is: Whom do these terrorists want to
attack? Their aim is to drive a wedge
between communities of different religions and that is in the end more
dangerous, they want to sow the seeds of mistrust and hate.
So far, for us in Europe things have been still far
away and only when the flood crosses the threshold of our house that we start
to think and look for the reason behind it all.
For many decades now our European countries are home
for many different cultures and nationalities, the reasons being on the one
side the consequences of a colonial past or having invited workers and
specialists from neighbour countries in times of need and economic delevopment,
as in the case of Germany. The migrant workers were highly welcome and they
built their nests, had children born there and more or less melted into our
lives. We learnt from them and profited from their traditions, we went to see
their countries in return and started trade and activities.
Now, after Paris, it would be the worst to withdraw with
mistrust and put the believers of other religions into one and the same pot. We
must not forget that these terrorists are outsiders who aim to destroy trust
and also their own religious structure; we must not forget that in our
Christian communities we also have criminals that disturb democracy because
they are sick in their minds, so we must regard the islamic terrorists the same
way. They come from surroundings where they have nothing to lose anyway, they
are desperados and the act of revolting and killing can easily become an easy
habit. Their nourishment is hate and contempt for all democratic values, their
purpose is destruction.
On the other hand the development plays well into the
hands of right wing groups who feel strengthened to pursue and deliver their nationalistic paroles. We
just cannot expect people to come into our country when we need them and then
send them back home after decades, they are now our citizens, our neighbours,
our friends. They are taking part in our lives, politics, culture and share
duties, pay taxes and keep the social network going.
In these times of peril, I would compare it with the
Plague, the Black Death, we must stand together and show with our strong will and belief and ...avec la main dans la
main, hand in hand – build a strong defensive wall against these destructive
powers. Never let a wedge come between us, that would be a deathly trap.
It is not only the politicians that have to shoulder
their responsibilities to find the right solutions, it is also our duty to
stand this through together to preserve the peace for our future world, for our
We all need a vision and we need politicians with a
vision, and we must concentrate on the true values of our existence. In order
to recognise the true values we need the executives to make political developments
and decisions clear and transparent. Many citizens worldwide are misled by
rumours, false interpretation, advertisement and.... silence.