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Old 15.01.2015, 11:52
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Re: France: Charlie Hebdo Office shootings

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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.
....and here we get to the core of the problem.

There's this Islamic State everyone discuss about, but still very few discussions about Western interventions and politics in the region...

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You're right. It was designed to divide Muslims from the West, and they certainly picked a key issue to stoke. What we need to do is be able to talk this through, articulating beyond "I'll Keel You". This process IS the value of Free Speech itself. Free Speech is less about whether or not some others have the Freedom to be idiots. Call that one Free Idiocy instead.
..but that surely means also being self critical, hopefully?
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