Friday The Thirteenth

Friday the 13th is an infamous day, known for bringing bad luck. But before you dismiss this superstition, view what major things happened this year, on Friday, November 13th.

 

  • Terrorist attack in Paris

Infamous radical terrorist group ISIS bombed Paris during a soccer game (France vs. Germany) at a concert for a heavy metal band. The soccer game went on as explosions were heard in the background. The link to the video is here. Shootings also happened as the bombs went off, and hostages were taken. 149 people were killed during this event. National monuments around the world lit up in their colors, and Facebook even offered a one click option to overlay the French flag onto one’s profile picture.

  • Suicide bombings in Beirut, Lebanon

Once again, ISIS organized two bombings that killed 41 people and wounded 231. However, you probably did not hear of this event. Elie Fares, a Lebanese man, wrote on his blog, “When my people died, no country bothered to light up its landmarks in the colors of their flag. When my people died, they did not send the world into mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck along the international news cycle, something that happens in those parts of the world.” This actually was the sad truth, as nobody even bothered to care about what went on in Lebanon as the Western world shone the spotlight on France.

  • Bombing in Baghdad, Iraq

A suicide car bombing in Iraq left 21 dead and 41 wounded, yet again organized by ISIS.

  • Earthquake in Japan

Japan is naturally prone to earthquakes, but an earthquake of a 7.0 magnitude shook the islands, with aftershocks that were measured 6.5 on the Richter scale. However, on social media, rumors were spread that 18,000 people were dead because of this specific earthquakes. However, this is just another of the hoaxes found on social media. Perhaps they were referring to the 2011 earthquake in Japan that rendered around 18,000 people dead/missing, and 230,000 without homes.

  • Earthquake in Mexico

Mexico experienced a 4.3 magnitude earthquake, and did not suffer any substantial loss either. This occurred after Hurricane Patricia, infamously known for being the strongest ever recorded in the Western hemisphere.

 

Many not so nice events happened on Friday the 13th this year – but why the media shined the spotlight on only the events happening in France, nobody knows. The very same terrorist group that organized the massacre performed two other dastardly deeds in other parts of the world, but the only lives that seemed to matter were the French ones. However, all lives matter, and many are lost every day. So instead of praying only for Paris, we should pray for the world.