Monuments across the world were lit up in the French colours of blue, white and red as a mark of solidarity with the French following the terror attacks in Paris on Friday night. What you see here are some images I lifted from the Internet.
Some landmarks in the Asia-Pacific region participated in expression of this sentiment. They included the Kuala Lumpur Tower in Malaysia, Taipei 101 in Taiwan and the Opera House in Sydney.
I have not seen any such evidence in Singapore or in India.
I am also posting some pictures I too when I visited Paris in July 2008.
It is heart-warming to see the world rally behind France in their moment of grief, with leaders vowing to do all they can to fight terror. But, as I had argued in my post yesterday, this menace cannot be fought with love. I see those from the community and their sympathisers pull up a litany of examples to show how it was the West that fostered ISIS.
Who created ISIS is not the question now. I do not have my cerebrum in my foot to imagine that the world was a haven of peace and harmony before the entry of ISIS.
Muslims must realize they are victims too of terror and join the rest of the world in fighting terror.
It is not difficult for the West to defeat and eliminate ISIS. But any all-out war against them will inevitably lead to large-scale civilian casualties. It is that which is acting as a deterrent for the civilised world. Civilians sheltering ISIS can hardly be considered innocent people.
G Joslin Vethakumar