WNDC Offers Condolences to Beirut and Paris
The Woman’s National Democratic Club wishes to express our condolences to the citizens of France and Lebanon as their countries reel from this latest assault on western principles of democracy and freedom.
Paris, the City of Light, and Beirut (once known as the pearl of the Middle East) suffer today. To all citizens of France and Lebanon, we extend our support. To quote President Obama about the Paris attacks, “the killing of innocent people based on a twisted ideology is not just an attack on France…it’s an attack on the civilized world.”
Compounding these tragedies was the lack of coverage of the November 12 attacks in Beirut, where a pair of suicide bombers killed 43 citizens and wounded 200 more. American media did not report the attack and within 24 hours all news was overtaken by the Friday 13 evening terrorist attacks in Paris.
Both of these horrendous assaults on civilization merit our attention, compassion, and grief.
Terrorists frighten us and can murder many innocent people. Yet we must consider how our current leaders and those candidates still to be elected should collaborate in a worldwide effort to contain the barbarism.
We decry all efforts to deny asylum to refugees from the same types of murderous violence just unleashed on Paris and Beirut. And as Americans, we must face a future in which we ensure that our own fears do not overtake our humanity.
WNDC Board of Directors Statement
November 19, 2015
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