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Author: Raine    Date: 01/12/2015 14:02:44

{…}I address myself now to all the racists, Islamophobes, and anti-Semites:

One must not confuse extremists with Muslims. Madness has neither color nor religion. I want to make another point: stop painting everybody with the same brush, stop burning mosques or synagogues. You are attacking people. It won't bring back our dead, and it won't appease our families.

Thank you.

I agree with the sentiment that this is probably the most poignant thing to be said about the events last week in Paris.

While I truly appreciate the massive march in Paris yesterday I believe it is entirely appropriate to point this out:
"We must demonstrate our solidarity with Charlie Hebdo without forgetting all the world’s other Charlies," Reporters Without Borders Secretary-General Christophe Deloire said in a statement. "It would be unacceptable if representatives of countries that silence journalists were to take advantage of the current outpouring of emotion to try to improve their international image and then continue their repressive policies when they return home. We must not let predators of press freedom spit on the graves of Charlie Hebdo."

They're right. In what can only be described as an epic series of 21 pointed tweets, London School for Economics Middle East Society co-president Daniel Wickham points out that many of the world leaders who marched Sunday through the streets of Paris are not the world's biggest advocates for press freedom.
Read those tweets.

Personally I am fine that our government did not march alongside the other government representatives. I am of the belief that it was a bit of a distraction to the actual people of France who are suffering and in mourning on the attacks on Freedom of expression and speech.



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