I am from Paris and i want to thanks you for every thoughts. It just warms my heart to see that some people in the world thinks of us.
A minute of silence and a light for the victims, their families, and their friends is the least we can do.
I’m living close to Bonn, and I remember that bomb in Bonn Main Station, which could be deactivated months ago. If the Bonn perpetrators wouldn’t have been too stupid to make the igniter work properly we would have faced a similarly devastating scenario over here. I’m afraid we won’t be so lucky over here all the time.
In an open and tolerant society, we will never be totally safe against inhumane terrorist attacks. And while maintaining and maybe enhancing our ability to defend our values, we must never question the very idea of those values, only in order to defend them. The perpetrators may consider this a sign of weakness, but in spite of that this is our main strength as a society.
Like the idea of modern democracy was created in ancient Greece, the core of our modern values was created in Paris: ‘Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.‘ Modern constitutions of Germany, the USA, and many more countries may be way more elaborate, but you will find that idea in most of them. We may be threatened, but we must not draw back.
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