Beirut, Lebanon Forgotten

Tragedy struck in Paris, France on Friday November 13, 2015, 128 people were killed and 300 victims were injured.

The bombings have created an ongoing investigation, whereby the FBI have been constantly looking for leads linked to ISIS that may mimic these attacks in the United States.

But, just a day before in Beirut, the people of Lebanon experienced a similar tragedy. In Beirut there was a double suicide bombing that killed over 40 victims with an injured list that’s still undetermined. With that, these people feel “anguish over the fact that just one of the stricken cities – Paris – received [support]…”

People all over the world have shared their support of Paris by updating there Facebook cover photos with a background of the French flag and spreading updated news through other social media sights, but where is the support for Lebanon?

“When my people died, no country bothered to light up its landmarks in the colors of their flag. When my people died, they did not send the world into mourning. Their death was but an irrelevant fleck …” said Lebanese doctor, Elie Fares.

This has been the biggest bombing to hit their suburbs since 1990 and it is said that two Palestinians and one Syrian are suspected for the bombings.

A witness, Adel Termos, was killed by one of the suicide bombers, but he was able to save over 200 people before being killed .

Termos was the father of two and husband to Bassima Termos. He “sprung” into action when an unknown bomber yelled, “Allahu Akbar,” (God is great) and was headed towards the synagogue to carry out the bombing.

NDNU students are continuing to repent and pray for those lost by the Paris suicide bombings. Through the school’s Hallmarks that “We honor the dignity and sacredness of each person” and that “we educate for and act on behalf of justice and peace in the world,” people are reminded to also think of those injured or killed in other places throughout the world due to terrorist acts of violence.
  Much like Sister Dorothy Stang never forgot about the underprivileged people of the Amazon, the campus and its students must never forget the tragedies that occur daily.

“We are seen as one of the most powerful nations around the world, it is time we start acting like one and find a way to support all those in need from the threats posed by ISIS,” said Sean Jolly, junior commuter at NDNU.

The United States has to deliver not only a plan of attack, but execute on that same plan for anything to be efficient, sufficient, and completed.

“I keep hearing more are more about this ISIS group, I also heard that the U.S. might begin the draft to end this terrorism,” said Gustavo, current San Mateo resident.

 Beginning the draft can be an immediate solution to not only defeat ISIS across borders, but also prepare the United States for a war that can make its way home.

Drones in Your Backyard

You look into your backyard and notice that a flying drone with cameras attached is hovering near you and your surrounding area. Should you worry or not?

“I’d be freaked out if I saw a camera floating around me!” stated Romina Oviedo, senior soccer player at Notre Dame de Namur University.

The U.S. Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration are attempting to ease these concerns by requiring that flying drones must be registered. The registering of these unmarked aircrafts is essential in that at the very least there will be accountability for the hobbyist who might misuse the device, or can locate its rightful owner if lost.

“Finding the drone has not been as much of a problem as finding the person who as using the drone,” Jonathan Vanian, writer for Fortune.

It is important to register these aircrafts, because whether its use is positive or negative someone has to be held responsible. With many of these crafts having cameras attached, the privacy of others could be violated as well. In which case accountability is of even more importance.

The U.S. has created a system in such a way that a lot of our personal information can be found at the click of a button. So it is important to register these aircrafts in the event that the government needs to bring to justice those that try and invade others’ privacy when using them. Everything done in the United States has a set of rules and regulations, so it is important that the government has chosen to include flying drones into that category.

“I’ve been in the Marines for the last couple years and I’ve seen special drones used during certain exercises, even ours have a set of rules,” said Michael Young, NDNU senior cross-country runner.

The federal government has implemented a system to get registration on these drones kick-started. They’ve created a task force of drone companies, drone advocacy groups, and aviation organizations. The federal government is hoping for this new system to be up and running by December.

In addition, many of these drones sometimes lose contact with the receiver or it runs out of battery. So what happens when your drone comes crashing down and you never registered it? “Registration will increase pressure on operators to fly responsibly,” adding “there will be consequences when they don’t,” said Federal Aviation Administrator chief Michel Huerta.

In addition, once all the kinks are worked out, a simple solution suggested is to add instructions to register your flying drone before having access to complete use. This is a good way to regulate all new drones estimated to sell during this years’ holiday season. Second, aviation companies should provide information to the last ten years worth of customers who have purchased related items, and begin tracking and regulating them.

Like anything else, regulating a hobby is a very hard task to accomplish and will require a lot of effort from the drone and aviation enthusiasts.

“It’s a hobby, I’d love to own a drone, fly it around places, and tinker with it; it would be a shame to one day lose it and not have a way of finding out where it went,” said Ethan Church, junior and bio major at NDNU.

There are a lot of advantages to registering flying drones. It can help hobbyist and enthusiasts to never lose an expensive toy, create a sense of safety for the user and its public, and assist the government in having recourse when serving you.