The Pen is Mightier Than the Assault Rifle

As a journalist, I take yesterday’s attack in Paris personally. I am so fearful of conflict that I knew I could never be the reporter I always felt I had the potential to be. Journalists who continue to seek, report and comment on issues that make others angry are truly heroes in my eyes.



The tributes from cartoonists around the world for the Charlie Hebdo satirists bring tears to my eyes. They are so moving and so essentially true.  No one can take away our rights as free people to express ourselves and point out the absurdity of extremists everywhere.

Satire makes us laugh. It makes us shake our heads and say “you know, that is so true.’ Humor illuminates the realities of life. Humor makes things accessible, no matter how high or low. We relate. No idealistic bent,– be it religion or money or celebrity or whatever, name your sacred thing!– is safe from being laughed at.

Social media is the tool through which we show our solidarity. #NousSommesCharlie on Twitter and Facebook. We are showing the terrorists that an attack on freedom only strengthens our commitment to freedom.

The terrorists targeted men and women using pencils and pens. The most…

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