This week there was a horrific tragedy in France. Not like there aren't horrific things going on all over the world, but this one caught everyone's attention. It was a pointed attack on the idea of free expression and to some extent freedom of the press. Not sure if most American's realize that these are some things that are held sacred in more places then just here.
The attack on Charlie Hebdo was shocking. It made me curious about the publication so I kind of skimmed around the internet to see why it was considered so offensive that it made three people plan out a violent attack against cartoonists. What I saw was that Charlie Hebdo seemed to be an equal opportunity offender making jests at a lot of sacred cows. And maybe its me, that I don't speak or read French, but I don't get French humor.
Its no T-Rex cartoon, which just makes me giggle uncontrollably.
(I don't know why this makes me laugh, its stupid, but seriously how is that not funny!)
Anyway... Its more the response by other political cartoonists, and the public in general, that I've found very poignant. Some of it is a mixed bag of racism and hate but others have just made me cry because I still see hope out there.
The pen is still mightier then the sword.