On Friday, the Islamic State took responsibility for the terrorist attacks in Paris that took the lives of at least 129 people. In response to the horrifying violence, France began air assaults on ISIS targets in Syria over the weekend. Now, the terrorist organization is promising retaliation.
In a new video, the terrorists threatened to attack anyone who is helping France bomb Syria — including the United States. The video starts with news coverage of the attacks on Paris and then cuts to a man identified as Al Ghareeb the Algerian who promises revenge:
We say to the states that take part in the crusader campaign that, by God, you will have a day, God willing, like France’s and by God, as we struck France in the center of its abode in Paris, then we swear that we will strike America at its center in Washington.
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The man also promises to continue launching attacks in Europe and he says the attacks will not be stopped because the group is “stronger” than it has ever been before.
Although the video has not yet been authenticated, it is scary. We have all seen the kind of violence the group is capable of and it is unimaginable. We also realize that we may very well be headed to war again in the Middle East because ISIS needs to be stopped. Nobody wants to go to war (except the right), especially those of us who lost someone in Bush’s wars, but it may be necessary.
However, even though this group has committed acts of unspeakable horror, you must remember that they want to scare us. This video threatening to attack our country is alarming, but they are a terrorist organization that wants to spread fear. They want us to stay in our homes and cower at the thought of them. They want to disrupt our daily routines and give us nightmares. That’s exactly why we shouldn’t let them.
Go on with your life. Go to the mall or crowded concerts. Go on trips to Washington D.C., live your life as if they do not exist. That is how you say “f*ck you” to them. By not allowing them to frighten you, you win. They attacked Paris on Friday and on Saturday the city was coming together with a message of love. They won because they didn’t break.
Keep living. Fuck terrorism.
Watch a news report about the attacks in Paris:
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