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  • Sharpening Contradictions: Why al-Qaeda attacked Satirists in Paris
    • Mark, maybe you don't understand the French culture as much as these perpetrators do. Charlie hebdo is not just a leftist irreverent magazine, a remnant of the 1968 anarchist culture which it also is. It uses a style of mockery and caricature that harkens right back to "gauloiseries" (link to en.wiktionary.org), something as deep to French culture as say the viking culture may be in Norway. Killing kids in a school is horrific but can be cast as the attack of a bunch of psychopaths, killing a feature of the national culture is much more scary in a nationalistic way because it declares "we are organized, rational, and we are out to kill your culture". This is a great article and Juan is spot on! This action will blow a lot of wind in French fascist sails like those of the Front National (which is already showing today (link to lemonde.fr).

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