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Même pas peur

Full disclosure*: I started writing this post over a week ago. I have been reading and talking and muddling through these pretty complicated issues and though I’m not sure my marinating thoughts are going to come out perfectly cooked here, at least I can share them with you in all their unseasoned glory. France was thrown into turmoil when, on a Wednesday afternoon, two gunmen attacked the Paris offices of Charlie Hebdo, a scathingly satirical weekly that frequently criticized…well, everything and everyone, but especially organized religion. The attack and subsequent manhunt resulted in two separate hostage situations, ultimately leaving 20 dead, including the two French-Algerian brothers who orchestrated the attack. It is the most deadly attack to occur on French soil in at least 50 years. I come from a country that is (unfortunately) no stranger to gun violence; where it happens so frequently that we are all but desensitized to its tragedy. But on that Wednesday afternoon, 500km away from Paris, the New York Times alert on my phone still stopped me in my tracks. One of …