As an Indonesian blogger living in The Netherlands I feel the urge to write about Charlie Hebdo attack today in Paris.
Below is the famous painting by American artist, Norman Rockwell. It is freedom of speech, from his Four Freedoms serie.
This evening my husband and I watched Dutch, Belgian, French and German television continuously. News, talkshows were covering the Charlie Hebdo attack in Paris today simultaneously.
It is a sad day. As a french friend of mine wrote “Dans quel monde vit-on?”. In which world do we live in? I wonder what might come next. This is so discouraging after new year which has hardly started a week ago.
What happened today has polarized the situation, especially in Europe right now. Populistic parties would gain more support. Hatred against Muslims/Islam or even worse, hatred against all migrants, would rise. Believe me, that would do no good for all parties involved in this region.
I feel so naive to wish for world peace this year although I know I am not the only one.
Now I am off to bed, dreaming of a better world.
Huissen, January 7 2015