Source: Huffington Post
By Gaurav Krishnan; Senior at DexterSouthfield School, Boston MA
The danger of being ruled by fear is one that is all too present in the modern age. In recent months and years, several countries around the world have been subjected to brutal attacks by terrorist organizations claiming to be acting in the name of Islam. These hideous attacks left pain and loss in their wake but, just as importantly, created fear in peoples’ minds and hearts that they too could become victims of terrorism.
Many have allowed their fear of terrorism to so dominate and cloud their thinking that they regard all Muslims as potential terrorists. Sadly, fear, combined with ignorance and prejudice are making many people turn their backs on innocent Muslim refugees seeking a safe haven in Western countries.
Since the Syrian Civil War began, 320,000 people have been killed, 12,000 of whom were children. One and a half million people have been wounded or permanently disabled, and the war is only growing even more deadly.