End terrorism or more will die

End terrorism or more will die

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People being evacuated on rue Oberkampf near the Bataclan concert hall in central Paris, early on November 14, 2015.
Photo: AFP

End terrorism or more will die

I will never forget how I felt when I first heard the news about Paris.

It's like 9/11, a man-made disaster organised by a terrorist group. I don't know why the Islamic State (IS) group would do this! It doesn't mean anything apart from death and destruction.

Governments of several leading countries have done nothing to really solve this problem. I know that they have dozens of concerns which stop them from taking direct action, but is there anything more important than saving lives?

More and more people will die unless we destroy these terrorist groups (especially IS).

Let's pray for the injured and the dead, and be more aware of terrorism. Don't let what happened in France happen again.

Bonsa Yu, Leung Shek Chee College


From the Editor

Thank you for your letter, Bonsa. The Paris terror attack on November 13 brought awful news into our homes, and while it is always good to be cautious, we should not allow ourselves to become paralysed with fear. The chances of being killed in a terror attack are very, very small.

Part of growing up is understanding that the world is not safe. When things like this happen, it is easy to believe that the whole world is like the Hunger Games. It is not. What makes it seem that way is the speed of news and the amount of news we have access to. News organisations focus on "big stories" like Paris because they are unusual. They seldom report stories about a man sharing his lunch with a stray dog, or a student who gives up her seat to a pregnant woman on the MTR.

A few decades ago students in Hong Kong might not have known about the Paris attacks, or perhaps they would only have the briefest details. But now the news is brought to you through videos, photos and text and it seems to be everywhere.

The best thing for you to do is switch off the TV and stop reading stories about it. I know it sounds strange coming from a newspaper, but today we get overdosed with frightening things. Go and chat with your friends, watch a funny video, or blast some baddies in a game if it makes you feel better.

At the moment, the only thing we can do is choose how we feel about this mess.

Susan, Editor

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