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Open Thread for discussion of terror attacks in Paris

Paris tonight
Paris tonight

There have been multiple terror attacks in Paris. As I write this, there are reportedly dozens dead, and hostages being held.

I hope all WHTM readers in Paris are safe, and that this nightmare doesn’t get any worse.

This is a NO TROLLS/NO MRAs thread.

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Kereea
Kereea
6 years ago

We’re at 140 dead by now. Holy heck…

Argenti Aertheri
Argenti Aertheri
6 years ago

I’m at an utter loss for words…

I know we have some French mammothers, if you’re around please let us know if you and yours are safe!

spacelawn
6 years ago

Probably gonna stay up all night following this.

contrapangloss
6 years ago

Not handling.

Getting off webs, because I’m not handling this well. Hope you all stay safe, and your loved ones, too.

raysa
raysa
6 years ago

I didn’t know moocow is in Paris. I hope he checks in soon.

Anfenwick
Anfenwick
6 years ago

My husband is safe and not even trapped, since shutting the borders apparently does not mean stopping trains and flights. I wonder what it does mean?

name is futile
name is futile
6 years ago

@Anfenwick probably preventing refugees from moving an inch

skiriki
6 years ago

@Anfenwick — possible that incoming traffic is not blocked, but outgoing is.

kale
kale
6 years ago

“That’s actually part of why. They want any ‘peaceful Muslim refugees’ to have nowhere else to turn but them, so they work to make sure that nobody else will dare have them by actively stirring up the hatred.”

yea I believe it, Im currently listening to a family member saying – mostly in Russian – how no one should take these immigrants, Muslims are evil, and Mexicans are too lazy to learn English and so on. I tried arguing for a while fwiw but we also have a family member in hospital and I just cant

elb
elb
6 years ago

Hello everyone,

I’m going to comment here for the first time (I’ve been reading for about a year now) because, well, I just want to get it out. This will probably be full of meaningless details and rambling and errors, but I don’t really care. I just want to write what I feel right now, even if it doesn’t make it past David, I actually am not even sure I will actually post it by the time I am finished.

So, I’m a french guy, living near Paris. Right now, it’s 1:42am here, I can’t sleep. I was watching the first few episodes of Dragon Ball Super out of nostalgia when I first heard the news. My SO was reading in bed, about to go to sleep. I didn’t want to tell her yet, until I knew more, maybe until tomorrow.
I tried to call my sister to make sure sh’s safe, as she lives a few hundred meters from the Bataclan, but she didn’t answer. I wasn’t too worried because I know that reception is very bad in her appartment. My SO came back in the room for a glass of water and asked me (well, mostly asked herself) why 2 people had asked her if she was ok, so I told her.
I was feeling visibly bad, she tried to make me feel better but was herself also pretty shaken. I tried calling my sister again, she didn’t answer but calld me back from her stationary? (not-cell) phone. She heard the police sirens, didn’t say anything about shots,and, most importantly, She’s ok.
My SO went to bed, I kissed her goodnight and nothing much has changed since then. I’m in front of my screen, watching and reading various newsfeeds, I probably shouldn’f but I can’t sleep and can’t think about anything else.

So ,that’s what happenned on my side. I feel awful, I can barely imagine walking through the streets of Paris, and thinking about all the innocent people who were killed there (at least 140 accoridng to the latest news right now) .I feel awful for the victims, I feel bad for thinking that much about the people close to me when I knew that stranges were being killed, even if I also know that that’s a normal reaction. I fear for my life and the lives of my loved ones, even more than after the January attacks, even though I tell myself that it’s a statistically very unlikely way to die. I wonder if something like this will happen again. I’m afraid about the growing influence of the french racist asshats of the far-right. I fell like I’m about to cry but I don’t know why I don’t. And now I feel bad about all these sentences starting with “I”, talking about myself when I’m pretty safe, in my flat away from the center of Paris.

One thing that made me feel slightly better was someone mentionning on twitter that the motto of the city of Paris is “Fluctuat nec mergitur”, “Tossed but not sunk”.

I feel like there’s more I’d want to say, but am having trouble thinking about it ,and That’s probably the longest thing I’ve ever written on the internet.

I jsut really want the world to be only about Lego and Star Wars right now.

Now it’s 2:22am, I’m wondering what tomorrow will look like, and I have to decide if I click the “Post comment” button.

kale
kale
6 years ago

btw Rob Lowe already was scum, he raped or at best took advantage of a teen girl years ago

Chiomara
Chiomara
6 years ago

I am reading all this but I have no words. I am as absolutely baffled as I was in 9/11.

Kestrel
Kestrel
6 years ago

This just came across the news here. If you are a foreign national in France, please check in with your Embassy and let them know you are safe.

Also, Facebook has added a feature that will let you mark yourself as safe. Just thought that might be helpful.

newbie
newbie
6 years ago

My niece lives in Paris. No word yet.

Fuck fundamentalists of all stripes.

lkeke35
lkeke35
6 years ago

For those on here tonight, watching the news: Whatever reaction you’re having is okay, but it’s also perfectly okay to check out when you start feeling overwhelmed. Self care is a good thing and you’ll be of no good to anyone who needs you, if you’re not good to yourself first.

So, as strong as your concern and worry may be, it’s okay to listen to your body, if it’s hungry, feed it something you especially like tonight, get offline, off TV, get some rest if you’re tired, play with your cats, whatever it takes to calm yourself.

To help others be okay, you need to be okay first.

Monzach and Spacelawn? You hearing me.❤️

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Does anyone need baby kangaroo brain bleach?
https://youtu.be/BV6ObGsORqE

Chiomara
Chiomara
6 years ago

My boyfriend lives by the side of a refugee camp, I could hear germans saying “Wir sind das volk” through his window a few weeks ago when we were skyping , AND HE LIVES IN THE SEVENTH FLOOR.
They wanted to burn down the camp, do you think they will try to take revenge by burning or bombing it?

R Cawkwell
6 years ago

I’ve been offline all evening, I only heard because I couldn’t sleep and decided to check WordPress. I have no words, gods above, it’s so awful and pointless.

weirwoodtreehugger
6 years ago

Newbie,
I really hope she’s okay. Chances are, she is but I know it must be scary. One of my college housemate’s parents were in the Pentagon on 9-11. They were okay because they were on the other side of the building, but it was unfortunately several hours before they were able to call their kids and check in.

Monzach
Monzach
6 years ago

Thanks for the advice, @ikeke35. I’ll try and calm down. Just feeling overwhelmed for the moment.

Chiomara
Chiomara
6 years ago

He is fast asleep and I am so worried.

spacelawn
6 years ago

So apparently one swede has been killed and another has been injured. For any other swedish fellows in this thread.

spacelawn
6 years ago

Anyone know any good sites where you can follow this in english? I’m using BBC but that’s it.

skiriki
6 years ago

Hey @elb, good to hear that your sister is safe. Virtual kitty-hugs, if you need them, and wishing that this will not escalate. Anywhere. 🙁

skiriki
6 years ago
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