[Thanks Nicole!!] Before going on air I heard back from a French friend, Jules, watching the horrors unfold as well with little sympathy for the assassins.
“No Fear” in Paris, Image, Stuff New Zealand
I have never felt more French as I do today. Off with their heads.
In 2012, cartoonist Luz explained the pointed point to the AP. “We treat the news like journalists. Some use cameras, some use computers. For us, it’s a paper and pencil, a pencil is not a weapon. It’s just a means of expression.”
From Oscar Wilde to Mark Twain, Bill Maher and Stephen Colbert, satirists have completed societies and pithily altered the courses of cultures. They go there — ergo, we are forced to open our apathetic or lemming eyes and damn well go there too.
They dared … and they gave us courage. Much as Nicole’s strong Progressive voice here at Radio or Not, along with comrades in humor and truthiness, Laffy and Amy Simon, keep daring and speaking up to motivate and inspire.
We each, in a democracy, have the fundamental right to put pens in the air when we just have to care.
My fondest hope is for Grumpus McCain to heartily bellow from the head of the new Senate class that “We are all Parisiennes today!!” He just can’t keep that Francophelia under wraps as he should.
Certainly homegrown terrorism, Islamist Extremism and the growing violence globally are matters to take up by the best minds and leaders with dispatch, this was simply one facet that wore the tragedy mask immediately for moi.
Condolences of course to the families of the police who also lost their lives for the cause of guarding Freedom of Speech. And Liberté herself.
Image courtesy @banksy
Charlie Hebdo cartoonist Cabut: “Humour and mockery are our only weapons.”