I've kept my mouth shut for the past five days, but I feel like letting some of my opinions out.....
I am tired of people complaining about the French Flag profile picture layout. Yes, other countries deserve just as much support as France, but I don't see the wrong in people using the layout. It was easily made available to FB users. If Facebook had made a layout of the Lebanese flag or a layout of the world, I'm sure people would use those as well. Stop hating on people for trying to do a nice thing. Why not use that energy to ask FB to make a globe layout if you are that upset about it? Or why not make a donation to the Red Cross? Don't let a layout on FB make you that angry. Unfortunately, people know less about other terrorist attacks because the media doesn't give them equal attention. If somebody uses the French Flag layout, it doesn't mean that they don't care about the other recent attacks, some people never heard about the other ones and this is the only layout option FB made available. They're just trying to show their support and I see no wrong in that. Paris did this to show support for us after 9/11/2001. It brings tears to my eyes.
Another thing that has been bothering me is people comparing the Paris attacks to other attacks. All terrorist attacks are tragedies. One does not outweigh the other. I saw a picture with the caption "While thinking about France, don't forget 9/11 where over 2,000 people died." Obviously we will never forget, but insinuating that the French attacks are less important is not really fair and it's just plain rude. Same thing with comparing Beirut to Paris.
One thing that was a huge disappointment to me was people using the attacks as a political gain. These attacks should be bringing us together. We should be showing our supporting to one another. Why does everything have to be a competition? I also saw some distasteful comments about people wishing the liberals of the US had died in Paris. Why would you even joke about death? One of the worst comments I saw on a news website was that "Obama should go help his cousins (ISIS)." I also saw people blame the POTUS for the Paris attacks. He had nothing to do with it. His comment that he made about "ISIS being contained" was unfortunate, but give the guy a break, please. He's doing what he can. No matter what your political beliefs are I don't think we should hate on our president as much as we do. I said the same thing about former President George W. Bush.
I'm not going to get into the subject of Syrian refugees. It's okay to have different opinions, but let's try to be less hateful toward one another. My thoughts go out to those affected by the recent terrorist attacks.
To donate to Nohemi Gonzalez's memorial fund.
To make donations to Beirut and Paris, this website will give you the links.