France has declared a national state of emergency and tightened borders after at least 120 people were killed in a night of gun and bomb attacks in Paris. Eighty people were reported killed after gunmen burst into the Bataclan concert hall and took dozens hostage. The siege ended when security forces stormed the building. People were shot dead at bars and restaurants at five other sites in Paris. Eight attackers are reported to have been killed. Police believed all of the gunmen were dead but it was unclear if any accomplices were still on the run after the string of near-simultaneous attacks. Paris residents have been asked to stay indoors and about 1,500 military personnel are being deployed across the city. The gunmen’s motives were not immediately confirmed, but one witness at the Bataclan heard one of the attackers appear to express support for the militant Islamic State (IS) group. — from the BBC.
I’m sure I speak for many in the philosophical community worldwide when I offer my sympathy for those affected by these horrible attacks. Comments are open. In addition to the usual conversation, please share any material you find on these attacks written by philosophers or our colleagues in related disciplines.
See also this post by Kate Norlock (Trent) suggesting helping refugees, who may now face closed borders, as a way of responding to the attacks in a constructive manner.
UPDATE: Steve Nelson (Northland Community & Technical College) sends along the following image he created: