Social media reacted with disgust as news anchors only reported in troves about the Paris bombing attacks by IS rather than report on the previous-day bombing in Beirut or other horrors experienced by villages, towns and cities under IS control.
As high western officials deem the attacks to be an attempt to dismantle western civilisation. However, even Muslims in the Middle East and IS-captured territories report killings of religious minorities or forced conversion.
One well-known IS attack against Middle East was its assault on Iraq’s Yazidis. As it forced the refuge of thousands of Yazidis, others, including Muslims, Christians and Alawites of Iraq had abandoned their own homes to avoid the hostilities.
It would be unwise to say the Islamic State attacks in Paris are an attack to western culture. Even the Muslims suffer, but it is downplayed because the western culture proves to have the upper hand in broadcast media.
The IS sees the world with divisions whereas the world sees civilisation as a shared, global value. However, many westerners do so as well, indicating that the attacks are targeted to their own culture. The West sees its own civilisation as a shared global value, the IS does, Saudi Arabia’s Islamic Puritanism does, Syria’s Assad despite his brutality does.
This is the challenge of globalisation for the world today.