Monuments Worldwide Lit Up In French Colours

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.

One of Malaysia's landmark buildings, Kuala Lumpur Tower, is lit with the colours of the French flag on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. - AP Photo/Joshua Paul

One of Malaysia’s landmark buildings, Kuala Lumpur Tower, is lit with the colours of the French flag on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015. – AP Photo/Joshua Paul

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.

Opera House in Sydney, Getty Images

Opera House in Sydney, Getty Images

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.

The Wembley Stadium in London, that was the venue for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's theatrics just before the Paris attacks.

The Wembley Stadium in London, that was the venue for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s theatrics just before the Paris attacks.

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.

Washington Square Park

Washington Square Park

Tower Bridge, London

Tower Bridge, London

Tel Aviv Stands with Paris

Tel Aviv Stands with Paris

Telenor Arena in Norway

Telenor Arena in Norway

Senate Building-Mexico-Reuters

Senate Building-Mexico-Reuters

Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai

Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai

Mexico-paris-Reuters

Jerusalem Old City

Jerusalem Old City

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Arctic Cathedral, Norway

Arctic Cathedral, Norway

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Taipei 101 in Taiwan

Taipei 101 in Taiwan

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