The commentators 14-01-15
...on Charlie Hebdo
We should remain true to our beliefs, since without them we have nothing to offer in this struggle. We must not abandon either the rule of law or the ban on torture. Once we do, we have already lost this war of ideals and ideas. True believers do, once again, want to do us harm. But the threat they pose is not comparable to the ones that liberal democracy survived in the 20th century. We should recognise the dangers, but not over-react.
- Martin Wolf, Financial Times
Will the Je suis Charlie slogan be an antidote to ethnic and religious tensions? Will Ukraine’s plight be seen by grassroots Europeans – and not just those in east and central Europe – as requiring common determination and steady policies ? Much will depend on how political leaders act now.
- Natalie Nougayrède, The Guardian
There is a difference between being informative, challenging and provocative and simply being offensive. The young are right to be sensitive. We don’t want to go back to an age when we thought it was funny to ridicule women, gays or ethnic or religious minorities — in the playground or in the Press.
- Alice Thomson, The Times
Hail the Mayor of Rotterdam, Ahmed Aboutaleb, himself a Muslim. “If you don’t like freedom,” he told the Dutch nation’s potential jihadists, “then pack your bags and leave. There may be a place where you can be yourself, so be honest with yourself, and don’t kill innocent journalists. If you don’t like freedom, then f*** off.” That is the voice of the Enlightenment, of Voltaire.
- Boris Johnson, Daily Telegraph
The religion of Islam has been hijacked again by terrorists, who have no religion, faith or humanity. They are simply put, cold-blooded murders.
- Imran Awan, Daily Express
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