The City of Light Goes Dark, and the World Responds

By Al Perrotta Published on November 14, 2015

As we pray for the people of Paris, and wrap our heads around what exactly has happened, related stories will continue emerging from the City of Lights. Here are a few:

Geraldo Rivera’s 21-year-old daughter Simone was caught at the Stade de France soccer stadium as the attack unfolded. Geraldo was visibly shaken as he described her ordeal … and his: See it here.

Coming out of that stadium in the wake of the attacks and into a France that may be forever changed, fans sang La Marseillaise — the French national anthem.

The nation’s president Francois Hollande, who’d been at the Stade de France when the attack was launched, traveled to the scene of its greatest carnage, the Bataclan concert hall. There over a 100 fans just out for a night of rock-n-roll were slaughtered; gunned down, and had grenades tossed in their faces, as their murderers shouted “Allah Akbar” and “This is for Syria,” Hollande issued a vow:

To all those who have seen these awful things, I want to say we are going to lead a war which will be pitiless. Because when terrorists are capable of committing such atrocities they must be certain that they are facing a determined France, a united France, a France that is together and does not let itself be moved, even if today we express infinite sorrow.

As an expression of that sorrow, that great symbol of Paris, the Eiffel Tower, went dark.

As if in reply, One World Trade Center — the Freedom Tower — lit up in blue, white and red.

Freedom Tower - Antoinette Rodriguez

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This friendship goes back to our founding. As President Obama said Friday night, “France is our oldest ally, and the French people have stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States time and again. We want to be very clear that we stand together with them in the fight against terrorism and extremism.”

Obama had boasted hours earlier that ISIS was “contained” and not “gaining strength.” A day earlier, Donald Trump had unleashed his “bomb the **** out” of their territory bravado.

As the sun rises in France, and daylight reveals the extent of human destruction, Paris can do without the boasting and bravado of men. It needs most our prayer, and a remembrance:

“Your right hand, O LORD, is majestic in power, Your right hand, O LORD, shatters the enemy.”


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