Taking stock


In a week when we commemorated a Nation’s war dead with a two minute’s silence and share our neighbour’s grieving from a fresh atrocity, a lot of voices call for action. Radios are filled with declarations of war and bombing campaigns, the rightness of shoot to kill policies and imposing new security measures to protect.

There are accusations made about the narrow focus of this outpouring; why so much angst when it is Paris and not for Beirut? On a personal level I am horrified by both but the French experience is more visceral, more real for knowing the city, giving the horror a context. I am also imbued with a shared history of fighting foes. We haven’t always loved France and the French as a construct but we are as close to its people as any other nation on the planet and in the last 100 years we have…

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