Aftermath of panic in Paris

Tommy Callaghan, News Editor

ISIS,an extremist group that has been terrorizing the world, struck again. This time, the attack took place in a country that has not endured an organized attack since World War II.

On November 13, 2015 attacks took place in numerous places around Paris. The attacks resulted in the deaths 129 people. The six locations, all heavy in foot traffic, were covered by three teams of terrorists. In response to the devastation, the world rallied behind Paris. The hashtag #prayforparis quickly flooded social media sites. But hashtags were not the only response to ISIS. The day after Paris was attacked, President Francois Hollande ordered his military to pound ISIS targets in Syria with airstrikes.

As far as its effects on other countries, the United States is also dealing with Paris’s aftermath. As the Syrian civil war still continues, refugees from Syria are the current topic of debate. President Obama said, “I cannot think of a more potent recruitment tool for (ISIS) than some of the rhetoric that’s been coming out of here during the course of this debate.” Though Obama announced that the U.S. would be accepting Syrian refugees, he and many other government officials are now skeptical. Some of these officials include over half of the United States’ governors who have said they are not comfortable accepting Syrian refugees into their state.

But, another official has a very different opinion. Senator Bernie Sanders said, “We will not be terrorized or live in fear. During these difficult times, we will not succumb to Islamophobia. We will not turn our backs on the refugees who are fleeing Syria and Afghanistan. We will do what we do best and that is be Americans – fighting racism, fighting xenophobia, fighting fear.”

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