I always remember the speech by Ken Livingstone (Mayor of London at the time) after the London bombings of 2005 . I think this part is particularly excellent and applicable to the events in Paris.
Finally, I wish to speak through you, directly, to those who came to London today to take lives. I do know that you do not fear to give your own lives. That is why you are so dangerous. But I do know that you fear you may fail in your long-term objective to destroy our free society.
I can show you why you'll fail. In the days that follow, look at our airports, look at our seaports, and look at our railway stations. And even after your cowardly attacks, people from the rest of Britain, people from around the world will arrive in London to become Londoners and to fulfil their dreams and achieve their potential.
They choose to come to London, as so many have come before, because they come to be free, they come to live the life they choose, they come to be able to be themselves.
They flee you, because you tell them how they should live. They don't want that. And however many of us you kill, you will not stop their flight to our cities where freedom is strong and where people can live in harmony with one another.
Whatever you do, however many you kill, you will fail.
What shocks me most is the direct attack on speech freedom.
They were directly targeted for making fun of Mahomet.
A few months ago they were saying that Catholics used to give them grief all the time. But that they could now draw a cartoon of the Pope $ucking a mole in the *** and not even hear a complain about it.
So they were hoping and working towards being able to make fun of Islam without being threatened of death.
I can't believe these ******** people succeeded with their sick plot.
French people are all sharing the cartoons that started the issue years ago. To show terrorist that they can't shut *us* down. Whatever our opinion of that satirical magazine we all feel like we have been attacked.
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My hubby is French and he is furious and devastated. It's just sick! We are so, so very sad for these people! We hope that every single newspaper republishes the articles to say a big **** you to these despots!!
It's just horrible, truly upsetting
Do you live in France?
"There are many issues with Islam in France as well, they come across as very intolerant of normal everyday Muslims. "
Where do you get this information from?
I'm horrified but not that shocked they had been threatened and they didn't stop so they followed through. How very very sad and possibly preventable
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