COMMENT In 72 hours, more than a dozen lives were taken and Paris was shrouded in fear.

 

The catalyst being a satirical weekly that prided itself in the flagellation of all that is considered sacred, not only to Muslims but others as well.

 

To be honest, I had been unaware of Charlie Hebdo's existence until two masked gunmen stormed its office and killed its staff during an editorial meeting.

 

Curious, I browsed the Internet for the caricatures that had spurred the bloodbath. What I discovered left me mortified.

 

The cartoons were distasteful and disrespectful. I believe that even Voltaire, who is often dragged into the discussion on free speech, would disapprove of them too...

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