What happened in Paris shouldn’t change anyone’s ideas about climate change and its importance or lack thereof. It shouldn’t change anyone’s opinions about poverty, hunger, education or anything else, with the possible exception of peace in the Middle East.
It was less than a year ago that I was writing about Paris in the aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy. As I mentioned then, my wife is from Paris and I’ve spent a lot of time there.
There are no words, so I won’t pretend.
It’s nothing but a sad coincidence that COP21 is in Paris this year, that Al Gore was broadcasting from the Eiffel Tower when the 7 bombings occurred, that Black Bloc protesters are giving French security headaches as they plan to disrupt the city to call attention to climate activist policies.
At the end of the day, as with all acts of terror, it doesn’t mean anything. The French will pick themselves up and move forward, perhaps in the direction of Marine LePen’s rightward vision for the nation. The war against both ISIS and Al Qaeda will continue and probably become more severe, which will mean less concern for civilians used as human shields by those rat bastards. Security around the world will continue to squeeze us all a little tighter and we probably won’t complain–at least for a while.
But all it means, all this will ever mean, is that there are a large number of people, mostly young, all innocent, who are dead who didn’t need to be.