We Prayed For Paris — But What About Istanbul?

Once again, there was relative radio silence in response to a deadly terror attack on a predominantly Muslim country.

While there was an outpouring of international solidarity following last year’s terrorist attacks in Paris, which killed almost 130 people, and March’s terrorist attacks in Brussels, which killed more than 30, the response to the suicide bombing on Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport on Tuesday, which killed 41 and injured another 239, was decidedly less impressive.

Only a handful of countries paid tribute by lighting up buildings or monuments in Turkish flag colors:

Paris did not light up the Eiffel Tower in Turkish colors as it did with Belgium’s flag colors after the Brussels attack — even though just weeks ago it projected Turkish colors onto the landmark after soccer fans won a contest. 

Neither did the World Trade Center, which lit up in Belgium’s and France’s flag colors after their attacks. The Empire State Building did not go dark, as it did following those two attacks. 

And the absence of vigils honoring the dead was astounding. 

The Union of European Football Associations said it would not hold a moment of silence during the Euro 2016 quarterfinals because Turkey had already been eliminated from the series, Associated Press reporter Rob Harris tweeted.

UEFA: No minute's silence for Istanbul airport victims at #EURO2016 quarterfinals

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 29, 2016

UEFA says it holds minute's silence when tragedies are "related to football directly, or to one of the participating teams or host country"

— Rob Harris (@RobHarris) June 29, 2016

While Facebook turned on its safety check feature, which allows users to mark themselves as safe during a crisis, it did not provide a filter that lets users easily modify their profile picture with an overlay of the Turkish flag — something they’ve done with the French flag, the Belgian flag and with other symbols during tragedies. 

The following illustrations aptly summed up the sentiment:

I'm so heartbroken to hear about the attack in Istanbul, Turkey. This image is so sad, but so true. pic.twitter.com/TTUJB7bemC

— banksy (@thereaIbanksy) June 29, 2016

True #PrayForTurkey

A photo posted by Αʏƨɛиʋя || Αяι иσтı¢є∂ χ2 (@wafflegomez) on Jun 29, 2016 at 5:35am PDT

A Facebook post that went viral after a deadly bombing in Ankara, Turkey’s capital, in March highlighted the disturbing reality that the outpouring of support in the wake of an attack in Turkey was significantly more muted than it was after the attacks in Paris or Brussels.

The author, James Taylor asked readers to think about the victims being “people you see every day on your way to work, people just like you and I, normal, happy people.”

“These people are no different. They just happen to be Turkish,” he wrote. 

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