I participated “rassemblement Charlie Hebdo” with friends in Caen on Sunday evening.
While we were walking the rally among many people, my friends told me that such numbers of people’s gathering was the first time of their life. This attack certainly put the fire of human heart. Two brothers made terrible ugly crime with the stupid thought that they could play martyr! I do sympathize them. When I read their upbringing and miserable life, I understood that they were the people who have nothing to lose and went badly to the other side of world. They shamed on their own religion, killed total 17 innocent people and left deep grieving to their family and of course made ‘Charlie Hebdo’ ever popular in the world. The one of victims, editor’s daughter told us “they killed my father but they failed kill his idea, they were not able to make it disappear. On the contrary it is getting bigger and alive much more than ever, I hope.” And it does.
Among crowds I saw many messages people carried on their hands which indicates that we stay for love and peace, not to allow division and not to mix with Islamophobia. I absolutely felt warm in my heart with human dignity in quite cold weather. It was mostly quiet and there were wave applauses out of silence many times and they were deeply moving. I felt that we were really there to support victims and to hold the value of free thought and free expression as human being. It was an honorable chance for me to share their loss. Chérif kouachi before he was killed, said that they were financed by Al-Qaeda, as if this message must be said to the world. What Al-Qaeda wants? A revenge for their God? If this is true they are incredibly stupid, because everyone can see the result of their revenge it only made their God very inferior to the world. I rather assume what they really want is a division by hatred in human heart. That would be by Evil not by God obviously. I am sorry for their behind-ness and soulless-ness.
When ‘Je suis Charlie’ started to spread quickly through whole nations, I didn’t know exactly where it was heading but now I know what people want in France is not a war but ‘liberty, fraternity and equality’ as true Republican country. Their roots of spirit only get stronger and more mature than ever. I didn’t see any sign of violent monstrous anger on them but I witnessed free minded people with strength and beauty of their own cherish humanity. I took it from my core of heart and respected profoundly as one citizen of the world in 20th century. I know not much about politics but I do know there are fools for many reasons. And between love and hate, where we contribute our life will be our choice.
Every human being has a right to live with their own voice.
Violence and hatred never prevail.
Je suis Charlie.
Je suis Ahmed.
Je suis Human.
Je suis Liberté.
Charlie Hebdo made their first cover since the attack and said the cover was a call to forgive the terrorists who murdered her colleagues last week.
Yes, freedom should be expressed in respect to the others but that doesn’t make any excuse to kill people.