Should the terror attack in Turkey have received as much world attention as the recent mass killing in the United States?

  • Terror attacks deserve attention

    Yes, the terror attack in Turkey was an important event and should have received as much world attention as the recent mass killing in the United States. It brings to mind a quote from Martin Luther King, Jr. who said, "Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." Similarly, a threat of violence anywhere is a threat to peace and security everywhere. We all need to be aware and concerned about violence and hatred in all forms everywhere.

  • Any large-scale murder attributed to ISIS is going to receive a large amount of attention

    Unfortunately, ISIS has become the buzz word in the news and media. Any large-scaling killing that has been linked to ISIS, whether it truly has by a group of ISIS terrorists, or a closet homosexual claiming to be one, is going to get media attention. ISIS has become a terrifying enigma and any act of murder that is connected with the name is going to earn the red tag line: Breaking News. And therefore, will appear in headlines all over the Internet.

  • No, it is logical to focus more on our own country than distant nations.

    In moral philosophy, it is reasonable for people to care about their own country of residence and people around them more than they do about strangers and faraway countries. The deaths in the US clearly affect those of us in first-world, English-speaking nations more: they may have affected those distantly connected to us in some way, we are more likely to be victims in future killings, and we can create social and political changes in response to those killings. While we should also care about people in Turkey, they live in a significantly different culture and speak a language most of us do not fully comprehend. We can do far less with the information about the deaths there.

  • No, Americans are much more likely to have been to Paris than to Turkey—or to Cairo, or to Nairobi, or to any number of cities that have experienced bloody attacks.

    It’s become a predictable pattern: One act of violence in the world overshadows a similar, concurrent violent act, inviting a backlash against this imbalance in scrutiny, sympathy, and grief. But that predictability doesn’t make the pattern any less distressing. Each time there’s a major terror attack in an American or European city—New York, Madrid, London, Paris, Paris again—it captures the attention and concern of Americans and Europeans in a way that similar atrocities elsewhere don’t seem to do. Seldom do events line up so neatly, offering a clear comparison, as the bombings in Beirut and the rampage in Paris.

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