While we mourn Paris – while we light our buildings with red white and blue, while we change our profile pictures and light candles in our homes, we must also remember the thousands — yes, thousands — of civilians throughout Iraq, Syria, and most recently, Lebanon that ISIS has murdered.
We must remember the Christians on the beach, with blades to their throats.
We must remember the young university students in Kenya.
This is a war between the most basic, brutal and terrifying forces of extremism against the rest of us – doesn’t matter what language we speak. Nor how we pray.
ISIS sees no difference between a young child in Paris and a young child in Beirut. Or a young child in Israel. And neither should we.
And now is the time for the moderates on all lands, in all languages, from all faiths to mourn together, and then rally and find a way to work together and stand up to extremism in all forms across the world.