Offensive? Maybe. Crude? Possibly. Worth Killing Over? No.

These are the some images from Charlie Hebdo magazine. Last week’s murders was not the first time that the magazine and it’s staff were attacked.

It’s satire. Satire is supposed to be funny and make us think.

Are they offensive? Depending on your point of view, they could be offensive. Are they crude? Again, they could be, depending in your point of view.  But they are not worth killing another human being over.



Freedom Of Speech

Among the bullet points on the bill of rights, the most important is freedom of speech. Without freedom of speech, every other freedom listed is like a house built without a foundation.

Whether it was the attack at Charlie Hebdo earlier this week, 9/11, the London bus bombing in 2005 or any other terrorist attack, what the terrorists are really attacking is freedom of speech.

As I believe it to be, the freedom of speech states that two people can disagree on an issue, with the caveat that even though they disagree, they respect the fact that the other person is entitled to his or her opinion.

There are many countries in this world where freedom of speech, along with other basic freedoms are either severely curtailed or simply don’t exist. There are some within these countries that believe in the idea of my way or the highway (or their case, the grave). They see freedom of speech and other basic freedoms as so vile that anyone who dares to disagree with them, is at best thrown in jail and tortured and at worst, executed.

Freedom of speech and other basic freedoms is not just an American ideal. It belongs to all of us and it’s time that we stood up for it.



Lesson NOT Learned

“The world is not dangerous because of those who do harm, but because of those who look at it without doing anything”- Albert Einstein

Earlier this week, the world was horrified when gunman, who according to witnesses were Islamic militants, killed a dozen people in the Paris office of the magazine Charlie Hebdo. Yesterday, gunman, also reported by witnesses to be Islamic militants, rushed into a kosher supermarket, holding hostages and killing 4 people.

In the days leading to World War II, the Allies gave the Sudetenland to Nazis to appease them and hopefully prevent another war.  That didn’t go as planned.

We need to take a stand NOW. We need to tell these people that they CANNOT do what they have been doing.  Just because they do not agree with someone does not give them the right to kill and destroy. I am tired of turning on the news and seeing that more people are dead or dying because of terrorism.

Lesson not learned.



What Goes Around Comes Around

New year, same old story.

Earlier this week, the Palestinians pushed to join the International Criminal Court, in order to prosecute Israel for alleged war crimes.

One of the countries that voted for the Palestinians was France. Yesterday, gunmen stormed into the Paris office of Charlie Hebdo, a French Satirical magazine. Witnesses claim that they were militant Muslims. 12 people in total are now dead.

While my heart breaks for the families of the victims, I have to say it. What goes around comes around.

Europe has been known in the last few years for becoming multicultural. Multiculturalism is a wonderful thing, however, it must be balanced by respect for the law and respect for the traditions of the country and it’s citizens.

When one puts their head in the sand when it comes to terrorism (like Europe has) this is what they get.

What goes around comes around.

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