Terror strikes in Beirut, US governors shut borders

A pair of suicide bombers attacked southern Beirut, Lebanon, on Nov. 12, leaving 43 dead and 239 wounded.

The bombings occurred just before 6 p.m. in the Bourj el-Barajneh suburb of Beirut, one outside of a Shia mosque, and the other inside a nearby bakery.

An unnamed Lebanese security official said that a third would-be suicide bomber was found dead near the scene with both of his legs torn off and his explosives belt undetonated.

“There’s a lot of shattered glass on the street, a lot of blood, and it’s really just a scene of chaos and carnage,” journalist Tamara Qiblawi told CNN soon after the blasts.

The attack came 12 days after a Russian airliner was bombed over the Sinai Peninsula, killing 224 people, and just one day before the Paris attack.

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which were the deadliest to hit Lebanon since the country’s civil war ended in 1990.

Officials in Beirut have since announced the arrest of seven Syrian and two Lebanese nationals in connection with the attack.

More than half of  America’s governors have shut their states’ borders to Syrian refugees, saying that many terror threats are likely to enter along with the innocent refugees, which has sparked opposition across the nation.

“If you respond by not accepting refugees that are fleeing from these countries (and) attacks, it’s like saying that one believes that those people are like those who did the bombings,” said sophomore Lesly Vasquez.

“It’s an eye-opener to the world, letting them know that things are getting worse. It’s more than just racism.”

Many people around the world also feel that the attack’s proximity to the Paris attacks have deprived it of the media coverage it deserves.

“When my people died, no country bothered to light up its landmarks in the colors of their flag,” Lebanese doctor Elie Fares, wrote on his blog, A Separate State of Mind. “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.”

Others feel that the media is not at fault, but the inadvertent media bias towards European countries that has caused the media to pay more attention to the Paris attacks.

“In a way, I don’t think the media should be criticized for their coverage,” said Vasquez. “When we speak about an event, we speak about what we think is most important to us, and that’s where the problem, in my opinion, will always be.”

But while Beirut and Paris continue to recover from these tragedies, the rest of the world remains on edge for the next in the line of these radical terror attacks.