Earlier in the week there was a bombing at Ataturk Airport in Istanbul. The bombing was tied to ISIS and it killed something in the neighborhood of 50 people.
Immediately after the bombing, there were quite a few “Why doesn’t anyone care when terrorism happens in _____”, as there always is whenever something happens in the Western world. Someone brings up an attack (that they probably didn’t know about either, btw) that happened in Beirut, Baghdad or whatever that didn’t get any significant media airplay and certainly didn’t get an outpouring of support from American do-gooders.
This question is more or less meant to be rhetorical, just making a statement how close-minded, racist, sheltered, etc. we are. It never really gets answered, partially because it comes from the clickbait/SJW memes world and usually probably gets written off as “Oh, there’s little Billy trying to save the world again!” or whatever. To actually answer it is pretty damn simple though…
No one really cares because it happens all the time. An attack in Paris or the United States doesn’t happen nearly as often as it does in these places that are basically war zones. It really sucks for the people who have to live with a real, tangible threat of this kind of violence but people become desensitized to it if it becomes viewed as one of the hallmarks of that civilization. If you were to plan a trip to Lebanon or Egypt, one of the first things people would say to you would be “oh man, watch out for terrorists!”. When my ex-wife and I went on our honeymoon to Istanbul years ago, her mom cried because she was worried about us being in that part of the world. Maybe it was a bit of an overreaction but it’s not exactly unfounded to worry. It’s also worth mentioning that one of the color revolutions was going on in Egypt at the time.
So it gets called racism that people don’t care. I think there’s something here, actually, but only in the sense that people identify and empathize more with people like them. It’s easier to put myself (and yourself, admit it) in the shoes of a Parisian at a rock concert or even a gay nightclub patron in Orlando than it is a street peddler in Baghdad that winds up on the unfortunate side of a car bomb. The situation in Turkey is a little different though, as the kind of people who would’ve been on the receiving end of this bomb were probably people that had a western-orientated consumer-based lifestyle that we would recognize. I haven’t checked the nationality of the victims, but I’m sure plenty were probably European tourists that we would definitely identify with. Even if they were all Turkish nationals, they would be people with one foot in a world we WOULDN’T identify with (Muslim, “developing world” and so-on) and one foot in a world we WOULD recognize (secular, democratic, consumerist, etc. Turkey isn’t exactly a first world country, but in the grand scheme of the world, they’re doing pretty good). Overall, people seemed to care a little bit more than if it happened in Ramadi or even Jakarta. On this note, if it happened in Japan (which obviously isn’t white), I think people in the US would care just as much as if it happened in France because our lifestyles are so similar…and maybe they would be viewed as more of an innocent party than Western Europe/USA/Canada.
Now let’s talk Turkey… For some reason Turkey has managed to raise the ire of ISIS, even though they’ve been accused of aiding them covertly against Assad in Syria. It’s kind of a confusing situation, but I think that in the grand mile-high view of these terrorist groups, neo-ottomanism is a huge obstacle against eventually gaining an Islamic caliphate. Also it could’ve been done to get Turkey to double down on terrorism and hit the Kurds/PKK even harder than they have been, since they’ve been one of the biggest hurdles for ISIS and a constant thorn in the side for Turkey. Apparently once Russia entered Syria and Turkey shot down that plane, Russia made a huge showing of bombing the shit out of “assets” immediately across the border believed to be sponsored by Turkey against the Kurds. Ha ha.
Anyways, yeah, it sucks that human life has different relative values but at the end of the day it doesn’t really matter if people “care” in Kansas that people are getting blown up in Baghdad – there are still places in the world where the kind of violence that is rare and notable in part of the world is an everyday occurrence and no amount of “awareness” will change that.