weather icon Clear

French need support in wake of attacks

Like many other Americans, my heart grew increasingly heavy Friday as news reports of the terrorist attacks in France came in.

More than 120 people were killed and hundreds more were wounded in the series of coordinated attacks by suicide bombers, gunmen and grenade throwers. It was the worst terrorist attack the world has seen since Sept. 11, 2001.

Just as I had done 14 years ago, I was transfixed to my television, watching accounts of what had happened. I shuddered at the thought of those enjoying an evening out at the Bataclan concert hall to hear a concert becoming sitting ducks for the gunmen who used assault rifles to mow them down.

In the days since the attacks, leaders around the globe have condemned those responsible, the Islamic State or ISIS.

French President Francois Hollande has declared war in his country and approved airstrikes in Syria on ISIS targets. Good for him, and good for France.

I am no fan of war, but it seems unjust to let these bullies go unpunished for their actions. And that’s just what they are: bullies. Exactly like the stereotypical ones you see on a school playground.

If they can’t get their way, they push others around to make themselves feel better or more superior.

I have a hard time seeing how slaughtering people at a concert, or having dinner at a cafe, will further the efforts of the civil war in Syria.

Maybe that’s too simplistic a point of view. I know this is a complicated issue. If political experts can’t sort it out, how can I?

Yet, somehow, I feel compelled to act, moved by the atrocities.

While Paris, France, may seem so far removed from Boulder City, Nev., the alliance between the French and American people dates back to the Revolutionary War. The freedoms we enjoy today may not have been possible without aid from France.

Even our own Statue of Liberty, the very symbol of freedom and democracy, was a gift from the people of France.

This alliance and friendship was forged in 1778 when the U.S and France signed two treaties that gave America the support it needed to win its independence from Great Britain. The alliance came as supplies, arms and ammunition, uniforms, and, most importantly, troops and naval support.

That bond has continued throughout our nation’s history. It has been especially evident during wartimes, with the U.S. joining with France as part of the Allied nations during World War I and World War II, as well as siding with them during the Korean War as well as more recent conflicts, including the Gulf War.

This Global War on Terror is no different. And we should not let the fact that this attack didn’t happen here on U.S. soil stop us from being upset, hurt, angry, etc.

At this point, I’m not sure what we here in Boulder City can do to support our French allies, but one thing is clear. Our French brothers and sisters have always been there when we needed them, and we must be ready to lend a helping hand.

Hali Bernstein Saylor is editor of the Boulder City Review. She can be reached at hsaylor@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9523. Follow @HalisComment on Twitter.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
No parade passes us by

The start of a new year is always a big deal for me. But it’s not the fireworks or parties that I look forward to as one year melds into another.

Change marks past year

As I look back at the past 361 days, there is one thing throughout 2017 that has been constant: change.

‘Twas the baking before Christmas

Last year, many readers commented how much they enjoyed my column about holiday baking and requested that I make this an annual tradition. With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, here it is:

Feminism dominates 2017

Earlier this week, Merriam-Webster, a leading authority on language, declared “feminism” as 2017’s word of the year.

Santa’s arrival heralds magical time

I have come to the conclusion that there truly is something magical about Santa’s red suit. It can turn back time.

Sample sights, sounds, tastes of holidays

Now that you have enjoyed your Thanksgiving dinner, shopped all the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday sales, and polished off the leftovers, it’s time to let the holiday celebration begin in earnest.

Reasons to be thankful plentiful

Since our paper comes out each Thursday and Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of the month, it seems natural to take this opportunity to give thanks for all the blessings that have come my way — and the way of this staff — over the past 365 days.

Time too precious to squander

It’s been said that time and tide wait for no man.

Time brings steps in right direction

It’s been said that time flies when you’re having fun. I’ve also heard that time passes much more quickly the older you get.