Terrorism is something none of us want to talk about. It is dark, scary, and unknown. To me, it is one of the scariest acts that could ever be performed on people. In my class, Understanding the Global Community, we had to watch a documentary from Vice News for class, and this documentary was based on the crisis within ISIS and Syria. Instead of being a documentary that just spilled facts, it was filmed in Syria. The film crew got to interview a young school of boys who were training to be in the Jihad. This documentary was chilling, and not uplifting but any means, but it was informative and eye opening. This documentary intrigued me, and I realized I wanted to learn more about this topic, that no one really wants to talk about.
The problem in the Middle East is scary, and spreading, and it is hateful. I was eggar to learn more about how this all began, and the details of what was going on currently. For President’s Community Scholars, the leadership group I am apart of, we were invited to attend the Presidents Associates Dinner with Dr. Joshua Landis as the guest speaker. Dr. Landis had came and spoke to our class, but I wanted to hear more so I eagerly signed up. My good friend Molly and I attended the dinner together, however, we were split up and placed on different sides of the huge ballroom. I was placed at a table with professors, and one law student, which was ironic because her specialty was something I was looking into for law school as well. Anyways, Dr. Landis came up on the stage and was introduced by President Boren, and the discussion began. Dr. Landis explained how he thinks that the crisis in the Middle East is something like a “great sorting out”. He compared the crisis to World War II, and even to the American Civil War. He believes it is occurring because of Nationalism, however, he did contrast it with America because the nationalism over there is more centered around religion, while here in the States it is mostly around the constitution. He explained how from their viewpoint, the Islamic people were upset, because we came in on their land, and started taking sides and blowing up peoples homes. This prospective, through nationalism, was stunning, and scary because it was so very true. After the long discussion, many people asked questions. Some asked about the current situation, and some asked about what would happen when the election here in the states was over, regarding ISIS and the crisis. Leaving the talk, I was more than inspired and in awe. For some reason, this topic is so interesting to me, and it was such an honor to hear about it from an expert firsthand. I titled this post “what we avoid talking about” because I think that crisis is a topic we refrain from, and although it makes sense, it is saddening in away, because being informed on what is occurring in other cultures and regions is so vital and important. ISIS is scary to say the least, and no one wants to think about it. But we have to, we cannot live our lives in fear, tragedy is occurring and we have to overcome it in some way, even if that starts with just being informed.