“There’s no bread…Let them eat cake…There’s no end to what they’ll take…Flaunt the fruits of noble birth…Wash the salt into the earth…”
She is from France.
We in the West made it through the whole Cold War without tossing aside our freedoms for the most part. In the face of nuclear annihilation we remained relatively free. Indeed it was these freedoms which helped us define ourselves relative to our totalitarian communist rivals. Our freedoms were what made us, us.
But this sentiment, this general reverence for freedom, has been on the wane since September 11th 2001. The attacks in France seem to have spurred an even greater move toward a soft totalitarianism in the West.
Of course it does. It’s not that the entire population (nearly) of France is unarmed that’s the issue. It’s not that Western leaders have facilitated a war in Syria which started as a pi–ing match between Russia and the USA over oil/gas transport corridors and then looked the other way while a stream of “refugees” from that war marched into Europe. (Seriously, if you were an ISIS commander, don’t you think you’d have your people marching along with the legitimate refugees?) No,
Remember the “march” of political leaders in Paris a couple of days ago. Hollande, Merkle, and the rest marching in solidarity with each other and the people of France against the terrorist attacks at Charlie Hedbo?
This is the image which we all saw.
This is what it looked like from a wider angle however.