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Old 15.01.2015, 11:36
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Re: France: Charlie Hebdo Office shootings

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Apart from EF, reading various newspapers from different countries I got the feeling that indeed there are people who believe that the cartoons were provocative and if they didn't exist maybe there would have been no shootings.
The whole Free Speech debate is a complete red herring, these men weren't radicalised by cartoons but events taking place 000s of miles away in Iraq. When they chose to strike and make a point, rather than hitting a French military base they chose a much softer target. Charlie Hebdo was a lightening rod for their rage, but NOT the cause.
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