The Paris attacks have torn down the walls between Europe and the rest of the world. Trying to shore up those walls is to look in the wrong direction. By Martin Griffiths

Peace for Paris

The Paris attacks are a European tragedy. The 13th of November 2015 is a date that will never leave us. The cynical brutality aimed at the domestic pleasures of Parisians is a reminder that even after years of relative calm in Europe we are not as safe as we thought we would be.

Conflicts have no borders

We know what needs to done. We know that we cannot be safe until the roots of violence have been destroyed. And we know that it cannot be done by fire alone. In an interdependent world conflicts have no borders. No man is an island, entire of itself. The miseries of Syria have arrived in Europe. Only by resolving them can we can hope for our own peace. Their peace is ours. It is a simple truth but an important lesson for Europe to learn.

Re: European values 

The Paris attacks have torn down the walls between Europe and the rest of the world. Trying to shore up those walls is to look in the wrong direction. Paris teaches us to engage and resolve, not to seek refuge in a barricaded denial. Let’s create new dialogues - not new borders.

Peace for Paris is also about peace for Europe. In times like these we should remember that our strength is our ability to resolve conflicts peacefully. Yes, we need to talk about extremism, its origins and its wider societal implications. But let’s do it the ‘European way’. Let’s not accept simple answers to difficult questions, let’s not rush into actions that we will regret later. And most importantly, let’s not play the blame game that many politicians want us to engage in.

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