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We're All Charlie Hebdo

The challenge in responding to any act of terrorism is not to let it erode tolerance and free expression.
Dangerous reading.

Dangerous reading.

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Free speech and the state that protects it were attacked today in Paris. For several journalists and the police officer who had been assigned to guard them, the attack was fatal.

That is the central fact and the fundamental outrage of today's shooting at the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo, and any attempts to distract from it do a disservice not only to the dead but also to the ideals of democratic society. This act of terrorism cannot and should not be used to stoke hatred and prejudice against Muslims, or intolerance and fear about immigrants and immigration.