Wow, you must be so proud of yourselves. You killed 44 innocent people in Beirut and another 129 innocent people in Paris last week. You probably think that you’ve succeeded in your mission to inflict mass terror and to drive a wedge between the rest of us. Well, you’re wrong, and here’s why:
With each terrorist attack, you help to tear down our self-imposed boundaries, so that we are all simply human beings — not French or American or Syrian or Muslim or Christian or Jewish. Instead of driving us further apart, you are unifying us. Instead of frightening us, you are strengthening our resolve. Every time you take an innocent life and every time you carry-out a terrorist attack, you bring us closer together.
You’re a bunch of ignorant pieces of shit who represent the absolute worst of humanity, and what you fail to recognize is that your terrorist attacks actually bring out the absolute best in humanity, as evidenced by the outpouring of love and solidarity with those you victimized. You force us to shed our labels and come together as one people. We’re realizing that we aren’t all that different — that these labels are just that: labels. They aren’t what define us, and in the grand scheme of things, they simply don’t matter. You’re teaching us to value one another, to respect and appreciate our differences. Your hate and violence is creating more love and peace among the rest of us.
Your campaign of hate weakens every time you execute a terrorist attack — or even a single innocent person — because it strengthens the bond between the rest of humanity. And make no mistake, we will defeat you, because we are finally realizing that the only way we can survive is if we learn to love and respect one another. With each terrorist attack you remind us that hate, intolerance and blind ignorance is a recipe for extinction.
It is true, however, that some people blame your religion, and they believe that all Muslims are extremists like you. But these people are just as ignorant as you. They don’t realize that the millions of Syrian refugees who have been forced to flee their homes, giving up virtually everything they own, are running from you. They don’t realize that Islam is not a violent religion — but that all religions suffer from extremism as a result of certain dogmatic individuals taking their incredibly warped ideology just a tad bit too seriously. They don’t realize that when they say things like “We should just kill them all,” that they are expressing a complete lack of compassion, empathy and regard for human life — just like you. You believe that anyone who isn’t Muslim and who doesn’t subscribe to your fucked-up beliefs isn’t worthy of living, and they apparently believe that all Muslims aren’t worthy of living. Like you, they have an “Us versus Them” mentality, and they don’t realize that it is this exact mentality that has made your recruitment efforts so successful. The fact is they have a lot in common with you, which makes them part of the problem.
Fortunately, most of the world does not have this mentality. But it’s quite sad that it is taking such violent acts of extremism for us to finally realize that we aren’t all that different, and that in order for our world to advance we MUST learn to respect the few difference we do have. That is the very hard lesson you are teaching us.
How your hearts ever became so dark and full of hate I will never understand — and honestly I don’t think I want to understand. But I do know this: you won’t win. While we are using bombs and bullets to fight back against you, what will ultimately seal your doom is the love and compassion that your hate and intolerance is helping to strengthen between the rest of us. You are, in effect, digging your own graves, and when the last of you scumbags has perished from this earth humanity will enter a new era of harmony and peace — the complete opposite of what you want.
Don’t you see? This is a war you simply cannot win. Love is infinitely stronger than hate, which is why love always wins.