Paris Or Beirut, Grief Is Not A Moral Obligation

In the beginning, the generously expressed emotional tributes on social media were as bright as the lights of the monuments that lit up around the world in the colours of the French flag. But within a few hours, the unpleasant, cutting comments began to fly all over social media. The sadness and shock gave way to ugly accusations of racism and insinuations of indifference. The judgmental finger-pointing and tongue-lashing was directed at people who had not expressed emotion for the victims of the suicide bombings in Beirut.

I Mourn With Paris, A City Where I Lived And Loved

I watched in horror and shock with the rest of the world, as television and social media captured the terrorist attacks that struck Paris. For me, the tragedy was personal because I am among the lucky people who actually lived in Paris, a city of revelry, beauty, style, fashion, magic, life, lights and pleasure.