Welcome to European Tribune. It's gone a bit quiet around here these days, but it's still going.
mostly repetitive of course, but mostly beside the issue, which is : what Charlie Hebdo published, the socio-political context into which they published it, and why they published it.

I need time to frame this correctly (as I have said, I don't like ormondotvos's framing), but the important issues, to my mind, are specifically French on the one hand, and pan-islamic on the other. It is no surprise that the voices calling for death and destruction, legal measures, or street demonstrations against Charlie Hebdo are the very same politico-religious movements which are the most reactionary forces in, for example, Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Their aims are antithetical to ours. To my mind, CH are fighting the good fight with respect to "self-segregation" which is a real issue in certain sections of the French underclass. It's about constructing alternative narratives, and opening doors to enable vulnerable young people to resist the easy out which is identity politics.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Fri Jan 4th, 2013 at 04:22:28 AM EST

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