The world was grief-stricken in the wake of the recent terror attack on Belgium. The Eiffel Tower was illuminated with Belgian colors, social media offered its prayers and thoughts. We did the same thing with the Paris attacks. A flurry of French flags covered millions of Facebook accounts and Australia’s iconic Sydney Opera House paid ode to the Parisians via light-show. These are just few of the many global gestures that offered tribute to Paris and Brussels.
One can’t help but feel a sense of unity when you see the world come together to comfort each other. Yet Turkey, recently bombed multiple times, feels alienated by it. This jealousy took shape as a cartoon depicting France and Brussels spread over the internet.
LES ATTENTATS CE MARDI 22 MARS À BRUXELLES.
(Le dessin du Monde) pic.twitter.com/9OCYMhOCpf
— PLANTU (@plantu) March 22, 2016
— ㅤ (@ledgerdicaprio) March 22, 2016
Turkey asks, where is their Eiffel Tower? Why don’t they get a cartoon?
Yasmin Ahmed wrote in an Indy Voices column: “There is unease as we share the cartoon by Plantu showing France expressing solidarity with Belgium. Where was our cartoon for those who have died in Turkey at the hands of terrorists? Why didn’t Downing Street raise the Turkish flag after the atrocities in Ankara?”
The brutally honest answer? Turkey is a majorly Islamic nation, where, unlike the westernized world, terrorism is so common that it’s almost to be expected. No, that doesn’t mean the world thinks they deserve to be bombed or terrorized. But with 98% of Turks identifying as Muslim, they mirror the rest of the Islamic world with regular, consistent terrorist attacks. There have been at least five (1, 2, 3, 4 and 5) major bombings in Turkey in 2016 alone.
To be outraged at the Western world for not showing them enough sympathy is a misdirection of anger. The Turkish should spend less time crying over a cartoon they didn’t get, and more time channeling their outrage toward the ideology that inspired the Islamic terrorism pandemic in the first place. As nice as they are, lack of supportive hashtags or light shows should be the least of Turkey’s worries. #Priorities
You want to know why the world doesn’t cry for Turkey? Because they’re afraid of them. The West has seen what Islam does. We’ve also seen Turkey’s attitude toward ISIS. It’s not encouraging. Explosions in a war zone don’t warrant the same kind of grief as bombings in a New York office building. Does Turkey mourn over the Ivory Coast? How about Israel?
If the Turks want to be enraged at anybody, it should be at their own country. Why, pray tell, did the rest of the world develop into moderately stable nations while they didn’t? Spoiler alert: answering “white privilege” gets you an “F.”
Yes, Europe’s terror attacks are puny in the presence of Turkey’s. So why don’t the rest of the free world mourn? For the same reason we don’t start a march every time Joe Biden says something racist. We have desk jobs.
A massive terrorist attack in the westernized, “free” world is an exception. In Islamic countries, it’s the rule. The Islamic world (including Turkey) has consistently rejected the very ideals that make terrorism so shocking to the westernized world. It doesn’t fight for freedom or human rights, the entire Islamic world (not just terrorists) consistently fights against them. Thus, the lack of daily mourning.
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