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The Daily Show's Trevor Noah on Monday reflected on Friday night's Paris attacks that killed at least 129 and injured hundreds more.
"Our lives are defined by moments — dinner with family, taking a nice drive together, friends gathering at somebody's house to watch Ronda get kicked in the neck," Noah said, referencing Ronda Rousey, the mixed martial arts fighter. "And I think the reason it's so painful is because often terrorism seeks to replace these moments with death and fear. We all are afraid. We replace that fear with anger a lot of the time. But I think what we should try to choose to do is not focus on the perpetrators. Because every attack — whether it's Paris, Beirut, Kenya — seems less about a specific group and more about an attack on humanity itself."
The moment was a nice break from the hysterical reactions to the attacks, including talk — from a senator who's the son of a refugee himself, no less — of only letting Syrian refugees into the US if they're Christian or not letting them in at all, even though many of these refugees are running away from the same kind of terror that we saw in Paris on Friday night. (And turning them back is arguably what ISIS wants.)
Noah instead focused on the better side of humanity the attacks revealed.
"One thing that made me smile was the people of Paris showed us that the only way to overcome inhumanity is humanity," Noah said. "There were taxis that turned off their meters to get people home for free, there's lines of people waiting to donate blood. The thing that sums it up the most for me was the spontaneous hashtag, which was #PorteOuverte, which meant 'open the door.' And anyone who was stranded in the streets of Paris, anyone who needed a safe place to sleep, was welcome into the homes. I mean, this is the most terrifying moment of the people's lives, and they're opening their doors to random strangers to let them come in and be their refuge. And it was amazing to see."