Ah, but it makes perfect sense. The goal is not to win a battle; it's to create chaos. Random attacks cause countries to react with increased security, beefed up military, more spending on more watching, just in case. Political disagreements are intensified as leaders argue about which reaction is best. Billions are spent so governments can convince citizens that they're safe. The terrorists are counting on all this.
A government can't make us safe. Heightened security and broader military spending will ward off some attacks, sure, but not all, and nothing will promise that we can each live to a ripe old age. It isn't realistic to expect our government to keep us safe from everything. But they try, and they spend and spend and spend some more. Everyone is OK with the debt ceiling rising so we can fight terrorism. We've been convinced, and who are we to argue.
What if the goal is global financial collapse? Political battles intensified and international relationships strained? What if the goal is simply chaos? If it is, we're certainly taking the bait. But we can't NOT take the bait, because citizens demand action from governments.
What if we all ignored the bullies? That's all terrorists are, isn't it? They think they're warriors, but warriors face their opponents as equals -- they don't sneak around killing children. You can try to stand up to a bully, but you'll still be likely to get a black eye. How do we deal with playground bullies on a global level?
We, you and I, individually, ignore them. We don't moan and wail and talk about how horrible it is. If we make public comments, they are our condolences to the victims. If we have opinions as to how our elected officials should respond, we write to them. We don't flood the internet with hatred and anguish and photos of the destruction. Like children on the playground, we go about our business, stay away from the troublemakers, and don't give them the satisfaction of a dramatic response.
Then we trust our leaders. We encourage them to come together as a global community to admonish the wrongdoers. IS cannot be beaten while Russia and the US argue over whether Assad should or should not remain in charge of Syria or whether one or the other of us doesn't have a supportive attitude. We need to come together and agree on who the enemy is. Al Qaida isn't any less dangerous just because they don't support IS. And even if there is infighting among the Islamic extremest groups, they do agree on one thing -- we are their enemy. We and anybody else who supports freedom of religion, that is.
They know exactly who their enemy is, and they know how to bring us down -- create chaos in the global economy, partly by increasing military spending and continuing to strike at seemingly arbitrary targets, and create discord among the free nations of the world whose only hope is to work together.
So tonight, as the news agencies fight over the most sensationalist presentation of the attack on Paris, I will turn it off. I will remember that my strength is in my character, not in social media or assault weapons or assurances from world leaders. My life is mine to live, with my ideals and beliefs and passions, no matter who attacks where or when. My job is to live now, with integrity, and to give my best to mankind. I pray for Paris, and for the leaders of the free world, and I don't let the bullies change my life one bit.