Thomas Hickey is a U.S. Army major. He currently works as a Middle Eastern Foreign Area Officer and served as an infantry officer in Iraq. He is a graduate of the Naval Postgraduate School and Norwich University.
On Nov. 13, three separate attacks in Paris shocked us. Without a doubt, the attacks in Paris were hideous. The perpetrators, planners, and supporters of these acts deserve nothing less than death. Following the attacks social media erupted with sympathy for the victims, but also vitriol and rage. Much outrage was, and continues, to be directed at the Islamic faith as a whole and specifically at the Syrian refugee population. These angry sentiments are counterproductive to an effective response. Anger is understandable, but not toward an entire religion or refugee population.