I have lived some of the greatest days of my life in Paris. I have loved there, had some of the most profound love story moments of my life there. That is Paris, for me, and for many others. So hate, you cannot have Paris.
I thought about the intertwined recent histories of our two countries and how much the French really loved the Americans, which made me all the more ashamed of the Republicans under George W. Bush who ridiculed that country and its people.
In reaction to the Paris massacre, French President François Hollande said, "[This] is an act of war ... committed by a terrorist army." Acts of war used to be the monopoly of nation-states. Obviously, that is no longer the case.
The terrorists have set this trap hoping Western countries will take the bait. They want to destroy 'our' societies by luring us to turn free societies into police states, to sow hatred among peoples, and invite people hitherto living inside the same nation-state to distrust each other.
In the Middle East, a strategy to defeat ISIS would require a comprehensive solution to the maelstrom in Syria that would bring Russia, the U.S. and regional powers, Iran and Saudi Arabia to cooperate on a common military strategy.
If a bomb can explode in a stadium in France with the French president sitting in it, there is a problem. The Paris attacks are a wake-up call.
Today my thoughts are with everyone affected by terrorist attacks in all corners of the world. My deep appreciation goes to those who risked their lives helping others, to those who lined up to donate blood for victims -- to anyone who helped even a single person in any way they could.
Yesterday's tragic events in Paris should be another urgent wake-up call that, whether we live in France or elsewhere, our world needs, and is worth, defending.
Friday, the 13th, but in Paris. At least 128 people were killed, more than 260 injured. My country is in shock. Another round of blind hatred, brutal terrorism, disdain for the highest values in life.
For most westerners, terror attacks have been limited to sites with centralized military, economic, or cultural significance. We have forgotten what i...
Thank you Mark for creating the safety check button during the Paris attacks. Thanks to you, since last night we were able to reassure people we love and vice versa. Thanks also for creating Facebook, such a great machine, who invented a new word : social network.
The strength of an intellectual, whether any Little Father of the Peoples like it or not, can rival that of divisions. And that is not counting the damage that André Glucksmann's intellectual action has done to the rationalizations for dictatorship and to the theories of its apologists.
The problem is that, at this time of national crisis, France lacks any great leader of vision and courage. There is no De Gaulle or Clemenceau in the wings. Only Francois Hollande.
In the dark, by candlelight, we try to knock back tumblers of strong drinks, but nothing seems to help us forget that we're not safe, and that a few hundred meters away from us, people have just died.
A society faced with terrorism fails at the moment it behaves exactly as the ideologies of terror predict it will. Do not grant them the satisfaction.
The gravity of the moment demands nothing less than the president of the United States standing shoulder-to-shoulder with the elected leaders of the free world declaring that the free people of the world will not be intimidated by terrorism or by the death and violence that it has unleashed.