Remembering Paris

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Remembering Paris - The French people are not fickle or fearful of battle as "white flag" jokes of the past may suggest. They are passionate and loyal, brave and bold.

I had planned to share another leg of our European vacation in today’s post. But, in light of the horrific terrorist attack in Paris yesterday, I think I’ll save that for another day. And yet, I don’t feel like I can say nothing, either.

I didn’t know what Charlie Hebdo was before yesterday. I’m guessing that based on the descriptions of “left-wing and anti-religious”, that we’d probably disagree on a few things.

My heart breaks nonetheless.

And I am outraged. For France. And for the world. Freedom of speech — and freedom in general as well as the other rights we hold — are worth fighting for.

Liberté. Égalité. Fraternité.

The French people are not fickle or fearful of battle as “white flag” jokes of the past may suggest. They are passionate and loyal, brave and bold. If you have the honor of befriending a Frenchman (or woman), you have a friend for life. That is a valuable thing.

I stand with France. Little old me who doesn’t really matter in the political forum, I stand for freedom.

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  1. Would like to hear anyways because I like to travel. Like my 6 yr old daughter.

  2. It’s a sad, sad time. And what is difficult, too is that they haven’t caught them, yet. Plus there was another murder this morning and that person is at large as well. So, we parents are having to explain the situation to our children and help them feel safe, and teach them what free speech is all about. Yah, Charlie Hebdo can go overboard, but they are French, with French humor and that “resistance” mentality. They fight for freedom, which can also mean attacking fundamentalist ideas and behavior. Regardless, it’s a very touchy subject over here! But it isn’t only a French situation. It touches the whole world. Je suis Charlie, comme chaque personne l’est.

  3. Thanks. Thanks for Charlie. I’m French, I’m Charlie. Je suis Charlie, maintenant et toujours. Nous sommes tous Charlie

  4. I’m am stunned by what is happening in Paris – another hostage situation today. I’m also horrified by something else: The virulent anti-Semitism that continues to escalate. Remember the murders at the Jewish Parisian school last year? Jews are moving out of France in record numbers, fearing for their safety.

  5. Perhaps the reason Charlie became anti religious is because of the zeolotry that sometimes accompanies religious beliefs. It’s unfortunate. God takes the blame for mankind’s inability to be tolerant and compassionate and to treat others and their belief sets with respect and courtesy.

    As far as left wing goes, I’ve found that many from the left are compassionate folks that want a more egalitarian society. You can argue that some deserve more than others but I daresay you’d find those sentiments are what one would find in the New Testament. Food for thought.

  6. I used to live, work & study in France, and although Charlie Hebdo was in existence when I was there, I didn’t know about it before now, either. It’s amazing and frightening, all at the same time, to learn the staff had been threatened often in the past, but so strongly felt that freedom of speech is a primary right that they carried on with their work even unto and in spite of death. That’s truly commitment to an ideal, even if all of us wouldn’t have liked or agreed with everything they said or wrote.
    I wonder how much press Charlie Hebdo received when its staff was threatened by extremists in the past. If there had been a lot of press coverage regarding those threats & the publication’s right to freedom of speech & freedom of the press, then, maybe the notoriety could have helped to prevent this tragic mass killing.
    It’s heartening to see the turnout of French people in the wake of the shootings. It’s not hard to support or to sympathize with the collective sense of outrage over this brutal act of terror. The entire West is at risk from this growing threat.
    I hope one consequence of this is that countries will begin to revoke passports of, & stop from reentering, any citizens who’ve left for other countries to train as terrorists.
    My prayers are with the victims, their families and all the people of France.