What 's Next After The Tragedy In France?
Start writing a post

What 's Next After The Tragedy In France?

What is our next course of action after the horrific act of terrorism in Nice?

What 's Next After The Tragedy In France?

The breezy, lukewarm air settles in the night sky, refreshing after a hot summer day in the city of Nice, France. Citizens and tourists absorb the summer night, casually traveling the boardwalk with family and friends. Others settle into their seats at outdoor cafes, awaiting the fireworks that will light up the night. Chatter, banter, laughter linger in the night air. Bastille Day is here, a day symbolizing independence, freedom, and unity for the country.

Then, something in the distance booms, but it’s not the fireworks. The engine of a 19-ton refrigeration truck rattles the air. It is determined and vengeful, eager to kill. Over the stretch of 1.1 miles, 84 people were killed and 202 were injured.

The tragedy in Nice is more than just an attack on France, but an attack on the world. We are all mourning with France because this act of hatred is an attack against humanity as a whole. Therefore, if this is a global issue, what’s next? What do we do not only as diplomatically allied nations but also as members of humanity itself to eradicate this burning hatred?

“It’s a World War, now. We’re in a world war scenario. It’s no longer just an isolated ISIS attack,” said Bill O’Reilly on The O’Reilly Factor.

On the evening of November 13, 2015, 128 people were massacred as a result of six terrorist attacks throughout Paris, France, according to a CNN report.

Pope Francis said that this November attack was “a piece” of the “piecemeal Third World War,” according to the New York Daily News.

According to both O’Reilly and Pope Francis, we are approaching a world war. The Islamic State will continue to kill. But how should we respond? If nations across the globe engage in World War III, we will live in a world consumed by hatred, carnage and death. American lives will be lost and we will greatly suffer as an entire nation. Is the answer to the Islamic State’s violence even more violence?

However, is this wishful thinking? Some Americans believe that right now, we are not safe. Major militia and diplomatic action is necessary in response to the Nice, France attack. If the United States does not make a powerful statement against the Islamic State, then we may be next.

Another tragedy like the ones in Nice, Brussels, or Orlando is on our horizon. If nothing is done, then the Islamic State will continue to kill innocent people around the world. To save the lives of innocent people, the United States needs to take action, and fast.

The tragedies of France, Belgium, the United States and beyond have demonstrated that our world is tainted by severe hatred. This hatred is so strong, so powerful and so vengeful that it fuels people to take the lives of innocent people. So what’s next? Is a world war in our near future?

The horrific tragedy in Nice will forever change our world. And as we move forward, we keep the lives of those lost in our hearts. They will not be forgotten. Rather, they will be immortal; we will preserve their spirit in everything we do by acting with love instead of hate.

So, as we beat on, remember that although hatred is powerful, love is invincible. Despite the pain, the loss, the grief, and the hatred that riddles our world, believe that love is stronger.

Report this Content
This article has not been reviewed by Odyssey HQ and solely reflects the ideas and opinions of the creator.

Unlocking Lake People's Secrets: 15 Must-Knows!

There's no other place you'd rather be in the summer.

Group of joyful friends sitting in a boat
Haley Harvey

The people that spend their summers at the lake are a unique group of people.

Whether you grew up going to the lake, have only recently started going, or have only been once or twice, you know it takes a certain kind of person to be a lake person. To the long-time lake people, the lake holds a special place in your heart, no matter how dirty the water may look.

Keep Reading...Show less
Student Life

Top 10 Reasons My School Rocks!

Why I Chose a Small School Over a Big University.

man in black long sleeve shirt and black pants walking on white concrete pathway

I was asked so many times why I wanted to go to a small school when a big university is so much better. Don't get me wrong, I'm sure a big university is great but I absolutely love going to a small school. I know that I miss out on big sporting events and having people actually know where it is. I can't even count how many times I've been asked where it is and I know they won't know so I just say "somewhere in the middle of Wisconsin." But, I get to know most people at my school and I know my professors very well. Not to mention, being able to walk to the other side of campus in 5 minutes at a casual walking pace. I am so happy I made the decision to go to school where I did. I love my school and these are just a few reasons why.

Keep Reading...Show less
Lots of people sat on the cinema wearing 3D glasses

Ever wonder what your friend meant when they started babbling about you taking their stapler? Or how whenever you ask your friend for a favor they respond with "As You Wish?" Are you looking for new and creative ways to insult your friends?

Well, look no further. Here is a list of 70 of the most quotable movies of all time. Here you will find answers to your questions along with a multitude of other things such as; new insults for your friends, interesting characters, fantastic story lines, and of course quotes to log into your mind for future use.

Keep Reading...Show less
New Year Resolutions

It's 2024! You drank champagne, you wore funny glasses, and you watched the ball drop as you sang the night away with your best friends and family. What comes next you may ask? Sadly you will have to return to the real world full of work and school and paying bills. "Ah! But I have my New Year's Resolutions!"- you may say. But most of them are 100% complete cliches that you won't hold on to. Here is a list of those things you hear all around the world.

Keep Reading...Show less

The Ultimate Birthday: Unveiling the Perfect Day to Celebrate!

Let's be real, the day your birthday falls on could really make or break it.

​different color birthday candles on a cake
Blacksburg Children's Museum

You heard it here first: birthdays in college are some of the best days of your four years. For one day annually, you get to forget about your identity as a stressed, broke, and overworked student, and take the time to celebrate. You can throw your responsibilities for a day, use your one skip in that class you hate, receive kind cards and gifts from loved ones and just enjoy yourself.

Keep Reading...Show less

Subscribe to Our Newsletter

Facebook Comments