• Taboo and Terror

    Taboo and Terror

    The terrorist attacks and the demonstration in Paris moved millions. I was also shocked by the bloodshed and I believe in the power of the pen, political caricatures and nonviolent resistance. I hate violence. But, did not wait in line to see Charlie-Hebdo’s latest caricature of Mohammed and stare at the slip of Madonna or the slipless German Chancellor. Freedom of expression and the press is an essential value, but not the only value of a civilized community. Lasting peace and full democracy require a permanent reconciliation of multiple competitive values, such as security, justice, respect, compassion, truth and equality. Words can kill and pictures can hurt.

    Many  people feel insecure and are anxious. Today’s  psychological climate reminds me of the cruise missiles demonstrations in the early 80s. The missiles could explode in our gardens.  Now terrorism is in our cities. In Verviers today and tomorrow where? The violence in the Middle East spills over in Europe.
    We live in a very dangerous period because we are confronted with the adverse consequences of our domestic and foreign policy and do everything to deny  responsibility. International political terrorism is a violent form of resistance to interference, occupation, colonization and repression. Not Muhammad, but […]

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