Paris, the city of love, is bleeding today. The cathedrals, boulevards and medieval streets are furious, and rightly so.
Today, of course, is her September 11. She is in pain, and she is angry.
France today faces the temptation of returning evil with evil, respond to violence with violence. Those inhuman terrorists didn’t only kill ten innocent journalists; they have injected the venom of hate into the minds and hearts of everyone who loves Paris.
Forces of dark ages have challenged the civilized folks to act a bit like them.
France can easily declare war on terrorism – the war on Islam – the war on immigrants. Many will demand revenge. But doing so would be a victory for the imbeciles who took innocent lives today.
France can let these ankle biters die in the dust or make them a credible enemy by launching a war on “other”. I trust French politicians and media to do the smart thing.
The image below was posted on the @Banksy Instagram account to its nearly 1 million followers. This image reflects the mature, cerebral, poetic and visionary France.