After mourning for the loss of life from the Paris tragedy, my main worry was the extremist reaction.
Highlighting this was the media coverage, with it portraying the bane of terrorism in the age all while undermining its graphic nature with its biased and selective depicting of it. Muslim involvement as part of ISIS striking at the heart of Western civilisation the main premise drumming up hysterical reactions in individuals near and far.
Little attempt was made to add context by clearly stating that most ISIS activity with associated deaths has occurred in Muslim nations. One in Beirut, Lebanon happening a day before the Paris tragedy receiving scant coverage. The truth of ISIS from a Muslim viewpoint is it of little appeal and relevance to modern Islam with it viewed as a Wahhabist Saudi Arabian product with a stone age mentality.
The more insidious omission is the origins of ISIS.
It is an offshoot of Al Qaeda, who were fostered by Western nations firstly as a tool in Afghanistan against Russia, then again in Syria against Assad. Changing its name to ISIS in 2010 as a result of American actions in Iraq. Most in this age associate Al Qaeda with Osama Bin Laden, known in the West as the 'axis of evil' after his part in the heartbreaking 9/11 attacks.
Back in the late 1970's, 80's and 90's the same Bin Laden was seen as a principled freedom fighter and adopted as a darling of the White House. Quite literally breastfed through arms and financial backing. The embarrassing aspect of this is many of the Syrian rebels in this age known as 'ISIS thugs' are brandishing the same American supplied M16 assault rifles.
Where is the reporting of these facts Media?
The imbalanced reporting taps into the ignorance of many while igniting further fears allowing the insidious agendas of power brokers with little or no vigilance from the populous.
The greater concern with the perpetuating of the threat of Muslims and ISIS is the hysterical Islamophobia it fosters. The more people, who either directly or indirectly pour vilification upon moderate, modernist Islam, the more they are unwittingly doing the work ISIS wish to accomplish.