French Mum, humanitarian, restless explorer and doer on sabbatical in Cebu (Philippines): one Attila in each arm, I am exploring the “toddlers safe” corners of the region, while trying to keep some room for Me.
Just a few hours ago, in Paris, a horrendous terrorist attack against the satyric newspaper “Charlie Hebdo” killed 12 people, including journalists and a policeman. Terrible pictures and endless speculations are flooding the web.
So sad. I am thinking of the families of the victims, especially of the one of this policeman with his hands up when he was killed. I am also thinking of all the moderate Muslims who’ll suffer from this barbaric act and obviously become victims of those terrorists too. All those innocent people who will have to justify their faith over and over, because of a bloody minority that disfigures their religion.
Assimilation has always been the worse collateral damage.
I am relieved not to be a News Producer anymore. We would have been running amok for pictures, testimonies, bargaining the minute of footage for crazy prices, just for the sake of having something juicy enough to broadcast. All the losers of the place would run to me so I can admire what they had taped on their phone, throwing ridiculous numbers at me “give me 1000 euros!”. Actually, if the images were good, I would have. They get their 10 sec of fame, we get our prime time. Fair enough. Yes it does suck. But in this bloody competition, you lose all sense of respect, of privacy, you have a mission and you’ll get the best stuff on air air tonight, whatever it takes. Isn’t it appealing to see that UK media has pixalited images of a Charlie Hebdo cartoon but happily posted a video of a brutal murder ??
Only a few hours after the attack, only idiots can pretend analyzing and explaining the attack in a coherent manner. I can perfectly picture them, their vampire smile perfectly incrusted in their powered face, micro checked, eagerly waiting for their favorite sentence “Mr XXX, you are a leading expert on terrorism, please give us your reading of the situation“.
I won’t watch the news tonight. There is not much I can do aside from offering my sympathy to all the victims and their loved ones, and sharing the invitation to march tonight at Place de la République, “for freedom of the press, democracy, and the Republic“. And hope, despite my gut feelings, that the violence won’t escalade and make more victims.
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