The Paris attacks: Utter Barbarism

Now, since I started this blog back in August, I have been known to provide a jovial look on what the world decides to cough up for the people of its green lands and blue waters. And sometimes these events and bits of news are already fairly light-hearted in their nature, so I just provide a little bit of opinion and a little comical spin of my own. Mais non, pas aujourd’hui.

As people are innately imperfect and everything we do boils down to conflict, hostility and pro-creation, sometimes the world provides us with horrific acts of violence and unnecessary carnage. The attacks on the Charlie Hebdo office yesterday are a grim reminder of just how terrible people can be from time to time.

It would be far too easy to descend into comment and argument about religion. For the purpose of this short blog post, I will refrain on touching upon the religious intent behind the attacks and the religious background of the attackers. At the end of the day, two people have gone into an office in Paris where other fellow people make a living by producing cartoons and satire for other people to read, and have shot and killed nine of the people working there and two police people.

Key word here; people. We, the people. We reside in this world, flitting here to there, yo-yoing around in our busy little lives. While other people in the world seem to think that they are achieving something by killing innocent people and ensuring that it is broadcast across the globe because of its brutal nature. And because people are naturally curious, they want to read about the events and know all they possibly can about it and then chat to other people about it. So eventually it spreads the world over and everybody knows at least something about the Paris attacks of January 8 2015.

We are our own worst enemy. We have to satisfy our thirst for information and knowledge and, as a result, the story of these awful people spreads like wildfire. And so the original goal of the attackers is achieved; inciting terror among others the world over as we inadvertently distribute their actions to the four corners of the globe.

Somehow, we must make these people understand that the barbaric attacks from yesterday simply cannot be allowed in the present day. But how? I feel like we may have been struggling with this answer for sometime now.

Let’s leave it to the people who represent the people. Perhaps one day, they can help prevent these utterly barbaric events once and for all.

Rant over, Al signing off.

My thoughts are with the families of the victims. Je suis Charlie.


2 thoughts on “The Paris attacks: Utter Barbarism

  1. I agree that the Paris attacks were ruthless, brutal and inexcusable. However, Charlie Hebdo should not be celebrated or martyred. Some of their cartoons are undeniably racist, and Islam is often the victim. Muslims are persecuted in France, Europe and in the many countries where the ‘defenders of freedom and liberty’ have either dropped bombs, invaded or occupied. They are then told to ‘lighten up’ when their faith and culture is mocked and belittled in the name of satire. To defend satire on the basis that it is indiscriminate is to admit that it discriminates against the least powerful.

    Essentially, satire has always played a role in making light of the politics of differences, and by its nature sails close to the wind of what is acceptable. However, when it serves as a motive for the horrific events of the past few days, we should not jump blindly to its defence. We should certainly not brandish an entire faith as complicit supporters of the attackers. We must support free speech, mourn this tragedy, and dismantle the barriers between peoples rather than build them higher. I am deeply saddened by these events, but I am not Charlie.


    1. Yes, inexcusable certainly. This is not a question of celebrating Charlie Hebdo, it is simply a question of sparing a thought for those affected by the attacks and the victims themselves. “Je suis Charlie” shows solidarity in the face of terror and violence. I stand up against these horrific attacks alongside other like-minded people who think they are inexcusable. It is also correct that Charlie Hebdo have been known to produce ‘close to the mark’ and, at times, racist cartoons and I do agree that Muslims are subject to victimisation in certain countries. This is because people fail to distinguish Muslims from the more radical side of their religion. It could be said that some of these more radical Muslims react in an overly-offensive manner to the satirical content that Charlie Hebdo produce. Granted, the cartoons that they circulate may incite racist values, but after all, they are produced under the condition of free speech and people do not expect to be gunned down in cold blood because of it.

      I purposefully avoided branding any faith as complicit in these attacks, as this was beyond the scope of my comment and was not what I wanted to achieve from my post.

      I support free speech and I mourn this tragedy. Dismantling the barriers between people is something that the world has been working on for a while and, in light of such events, may well have taken one step forward and two steps back.


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