Sunday, July 11, 2004
Liberté Égalité Fraternité
There is an enormous difference between this and what I was complaining about a few days ago.
The fact that the other passengers did nothing only appears to reinforce the notion that French society tacitly accepts this kind of behaviour, as anti-Semitic and anti-Islamic acts are on the rise in that country more than in any other Western country. This is misleading, though.
Would we do any better? What would you have done had you been on that train observing this? I'm ashamed to admit that I probably would have been terrified into paralysis.
[Update July 13 - Paris Attack Victim Admits She Lied
It is truly unfortunate that this individual chose to twist a very sad and volatile issue and turn it to her own devices just for a little attention. It in now way lessons the danger of hate crimes against any group, not just in France but everywhere in the world. It is, however, an example of how these types of real crimes may be pushed aside easily. Attention. La prochaine fois c'est vous qui pourriez être victime d'un tel crime.]
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