It really bothers me that while there were simultaneous terrorist attacks in Beirut and Baghdad at the same time as Paris, there is absolutely no publicity and/or support from the international community compared to the outpouring of good wishes for France. There’s the sense that ‘people in Paris are not meant to have their lives taken away in this way’, while when it comes to Baghdad and Beirut, ‘this is such an everyday thing’. Why is it that lives are so much cheaper in the Middle East (or actually, anywhere in the developing world for that matter)?
Lives are cheaper in the Middle East because Western culture values them less. To put it as bluntly as possible, brown people simply aren’t worth as much as white people.
An institutionalized sense of racial and cultural superiority has always been one of the defining characteristics of Western civilization, and let’s be clear, when you say “international community,” what you really mean is Western society viewed through the lens of American mass media.
In the American mind, Paris is where we send newlyweds, and Beirut and Baghdad are where we send troops. Unsophisticated people with no sense of history or geography believe that to be the natural order of things, and of course, mass media caters to their ignorance to such a degree that when ISIS sends suicide bombers into each of those three cities, the response is predictable — shock and horror for the people of Paris and a mere shrug of acknowledgment for the people of Beirut and Baghdad.
It’s a detestable aspect of our culture, but it’s very real.