(November 18, 2015)
The world was stunned by the recent attacks in Paris for which the Islamic State has claimed responsibility.
As the casualties are treated and the dead buried, however, the events must not put off the Paris climate conference (COP21) planned to take place in two weeks.
World leaders, international organizations and civil society groups have been planning for a major breakthrough in climate negotiations for months. The attacks last Friday must not derail those talks out of fear something else bad will happen.
The point of terrorism is to provoke terror, not simply to kill or injure. Business as usual demonstrates the failure of the Islamic State to change the world’s agenda.
It is the world’s agenda, after all.