The afternoon train ride became anything but typical for scores of people in St. Petersburg on Monday afternoon. Another terror attack — an all too common site around the world — in the city’s Metro lead to death and panic.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the death toll, which stands at 11, and the number of injured could have been much worse because
anguish and fear rose again when police found and defused a shrapnel-packed explosive device at another St. Petersburg station.
Today’s bombing demonstrated again that no country is immune to the threats posed by idiots motivated by religion, politics or hate who are determined to kill innocent people. However, according to the Washington Post,
…incidents like Monday’s bombing in St. Petersburg remain a problem for Russia, where more than 3,500 people are estimated to have died in over 800 attacks since 1970.
It’s common for people who use social media to post the flag of a nation dealing with terror. Because I was at work, I didn’t have the chance to scour social media as I would have had I been home; nevertheless, in my cursory review since I got home, it’s quite clear that Russian flags are not ever-present on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.
Why is this? Recognizing that America has received a steady flow of negative stories about Russia in recent months, it’s perhaps not surprising that there’s not a lot of empathy for Russians. That’s a mistake.
The people who died today were private citizens, men and women going about their daily lives. They neither had any idea what was about to hit them today nor did they deserve it.
Ours is a shared humanity, and “ours” refers to everyone no matter the continent on which he or she calls home.
So, insert a Russian flag on your Facebook feed or Twitter page. It’s the right thing to do.