Day by day, we are impoverished.
The forces of darkness intrude progressively into our lives, our liberties, our world view. Their hatred, by a process of osmosis, creeps into the way we think, the way we interact. It needs an effort of will not — in small, but perceptible stages — to be infected by their poison. Which is what they crave. To that extent, they are winning.
I’ve seen Charlie Hebdo on Parisian news-stands. I’ve never bought it, read it. Suddenly its irrelevance, its irreverence has become fearfully relevance, and deserve reverence.
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It’s a trivial thought, but I did a double take, seeing the face of murdered editor, Stephane Charbonnier. For a moment of time I was wondering what the late Simon Hoggart had to do with this story. Separated at birth?