Opinion

OPINION: Don’t give terrorists satisfaction of creating fear

TUESDAY'S terrorist attack in Turkey was the first for 2016 in a tourist area - but if last year was any indication, it won't be the last.

In fact, as I sat down to write this editorial, there was word of another terrorist attack in Jakarta.

It's terrifying to think about, and it hits closer to home when people from the local community are caught up in these events, like former Rockhampton woman Selena Gillian who was in Istanbul.

But for me, tragedies like this are not going to be a deterrent when it comes to travelling to these places.

I was fortunate enough to travel to Paris at the end of 2014, and within a year that beautiful city had experienced two terrorist attacks.

It's horrific, but it hasn't stopped me from planning another trip there later this year.

Maybe I'm stupid, maybe I'm stubborn; regardless, I'm not going to give those responsible for causing so much pain and terror the satisfaction of having any control over me in any way, shape or form.

Groups like Islamic State may like to "preach" about religion, but when it gets down to it their ultimate aim is power and control and even on a scale as small as managing travel plans, I won't submit to that.

I don't let the fact that I have a much higher chance of dying in a car crash stop me from driving to work every day.

As a young, female, blonde, Western journalist - basically a big list of no-no's in their book - I may have cause to be a bit warier but, at the end of the day, I won't stop living my life the way I want to out of fear.

Because then, what's the point?

Topics:  isis, istanbul, paris, travel




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