On the morrow of Friday, November 13th, 2015, I am mustering all the courage I have, and keeping my tears in check to write to you and express my sadness caused by the events that occurred in my country during the night.
“[…] we will have peace, when you and all your work have perished […]
Cruel and cold! Even if your war on me was just – as it was not, for were you ten times as wise you would have no right to rule me and mine for your own profit […] When you hang from a gibbet at your window for the sport of your own crows, I will have peace with you […]”
The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkien – Chapter: The voice of Saruman.
“Peace“, it seems, is but a word, and it barely holds any true meaning nowadays. The world is at war which is not a new fact and yet I cannot fathom why we still have not put an end to it. There is too much hate in the world that is founded on the differences of beliefs, ideologies, and cultures; the lack of respect and understanding for such differences has brought naught but terror and sorrow to the world. The worst part is that I am powerless in its face, like most of my fellow earthlings.
Of course, I condemn the bloodbath that happened yesterday and my heart goes to the families of the victims; were I a judge and an executioner, would I sentence the culprits to the same fate as their victims? I do not know… today I might… tomorrow I might have a change of heart. How easy is it to be wiser than the wise? How probable is it that we would?
“Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death in judgement. For even the very wise cannot see all ends.“
The Fellowship of the Ring, J. R. R. Tolkien – Chapter 2: The shadow of the past.
The consequences of yesterday’s actions will make traveling between European countries more difficult. Will I be able to go back to my homeland for the holiday and see my family? Will the borders remain opened or will I become a prisoner of my own choices? I do not wish to be afraid, but I have to admit that the escalation of terrorism these past few years, or more accurately the war, terrifies me beyond words.
Today, I mourn my compatriots…