The recent terrorist attacks in France clearly highlight the problem that has engulfed the whole world, but it is particularly acute in Europe. I have been talking about it for many years. However, while it affected only the Jews, Europe neglected it. Attacks on Jews seem to be “justifiable.”
On the other hand, when it comes to the very foundations of society, the principles of the French Republic, then everyone feels effected. That’s why millions of people “woke up” and went to the streets.
Indeed, freedom originated in France during the Revolution: freedom of speech, freedom of expression, and freedom of choice. All these are attributes of a free person, the foundations of French society, which it is very proud of.
Although, freedom, like any phenomenon in the world, can be twofold: for joy and trouble. For example, it has meant that the proportion of the Muslim population in the country, according to some estimates is close to 10% or has already exceeded it.
At the same time, the Muslim sector is becoming increasingly radicalized and involves native French people in its environment. Some of them convert to Islam and even have links to terrorist organizations, and some go to the Middle East to fight for ISIS.
Therefore, it is natural that the attack on the newspaper seriously hurt people. At the heart of every Frenchman is his freedom of speech, which, by definition, has a higher value and laid the foundation of existence. As a result, this blow went to the heart of France, in the most sensitive way, a very important point for the people.
Of course, some will defend freedom of speech, while others will call for restrictions that will prevent ridiculing of certain values. Nevertheless, the country is shocked not only by numerous victims, but also by the attack on its foundations.
From 25th Program “Like the Bundle of Reeds” 1/11/15