A tribute (not my own) to those murdered today in the line of duty, + NYT update

As a tribute to those murdered today in the line of duty:

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(Canberra Times via WEIT)

And more at http://www.buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/heartbreaking-cartoons-from-artists-in-response-to-the-ch#.aldkMjk5W

Live updates via NYT: http://news.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/01/07/paris-shooting-charlie-hebdo/?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&module=a-lede-package-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0#statement-from-salman-rushdie-on-attack

 

About Paul Braterman

Science writer, former chemistry professor; committee member British Centre for Science Education; board member and science adviser Scottish Secular Society; former member editorial board, Origins of Life, and associate, NASA Astrobiology Insitute; first popsci book, From Stars to Stalagmites 2012

Posted on January 7, 2015, in Politics, Religion and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.

  1. It’s from the Canberra Times.

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  2. Mickey Richardson

    I think that the time is ripening for expulsions. Europe cannot afford another bloody mess for liberation. It is time to be practical and reasonable.

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    • Get real.

      Consider the numbers of individuals involved, the fact that we are talking now of second or third generation (so where would they be expelled to, and how would the expulsion be enforced?), that the vast majority of these have no more intention than you or I of committing terrorist acts, and the difficulty of deciding how to define the group you want to expel, and the cure becomes far worse than, and indeed immeasurably adds to, the disease. Would you have had me, the grandson of immigrants from Eastern Europe, expelled to Poland in 1947 because Jews were practicing (some were) terrorist acts such as the blowing up of the King David Hotel in Jerusalem? Do you want the UK to expel Ramin, my friend and colleague in Secular Scotland, who was reared a Muslim and about whom I have blogged before, to Iran where he would be judicially killed for blasphemy? Closer to home, do you really want to expel the Muslim population of Dearborn, and where to?

      As with the atrocities of ISIS, nothing these evildoers would like more than the kind of escalation you are envisaging.

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