Now I can understand that with recent events, like the attacks in Brussels today, or attacks in Paris last year, which came a bit too close to home for anyone in Europe, people feel a need to put blame on something or someone, just so there is a visible thing to battle and a way to feel like there is a way to fight the bad things that are happening and maybe fight the fear they refuge to give in to.
At the same time, in other parts of the world bombs are dropped as a means to fight terrorism, with European countries involved as well, causing people to seek shelter in the west and being denied basic human rights one they get there. It's a vicious cycle, where more radicalisation against the west seems inevitable. Fighting violence with more violence just won't do.
My thoughts are with the victims in Brussels, and all the places in the world where people fall victim to violence.
At the same time the start of spring brings flowers to my mind. "Flowers, not violence", has been a mantra to me today, or "Bloemen, niet bommen" since my thoughts were in Dutch. Flowers can, and will be my peaceful protest, a way to save the world from the violence and the inhumanity (also towards nature, but that's a different story).
Flowers have always been a symbol to positive and peaceful meanings like love and friendship, new beginnings and life.
We need less violence in this world, and more flowers.
P.S: Want to do something? Sign petitions against bombing in Syria, and spread some love.
Fellow Dutch people, sign your petition here, and peacefully let people know you're not willing to be involved with the bombing by uploading a photograph under #nietinmijnnaam on social media. See also @stopdebommen on twitter or their website.
UK people sign here.
International petition can also be found here.
Read more at http://www.stopwar.org.uk/, become informed and rage less.